Ilfracombe is a brilliant day out and well worth a visit to this remote and very beautiful part of Devon. There's been a harbour at Ilfracombe since at least the 12th Century and it is now a bustling, vibrant hub for locals and tourist alike. It's still a working harbour today with fish and seafood landed daily its no surprise that this great, fresh produce makes a very short hop across the road to a number of restaurants. 

To find out more about the harbour and what to do in Ilfracombe, visit the Ilframcombe tourist website here. 

How to get to Ilfracombe Harbour by train

Ilfracombe Harbour is about an hour away from the nearest train station, so if you are planning on visiting you may want to catch the bus for the final leg! For the first part of your seaside adventure head to Barnstaple railway station which is at the end of the scenic Tarka branch line from Exeter. You can then hop on a bus from outside the station (stop B) and catch either the number 21 service via Braunton or number 301 via the hospital. Taking a taxi is another option and by car takes around 30 minutes.  

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours:
  • Monday to Friday open from 06:15:00 until 17:50:00
  • Saturday open from 06:15:00 until 17:50:00
  • Sunday open from 09:20:00 until 16:40:00
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelThe staff is available at specific times. Please check at the station.
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Left LuggageUnavailable
Left Luggage Website
Lost PropertyAvailable
Lost Property Website
Telephone typesCards and coins
Station BuffetAvailable
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Nearest station with more facilities
Step free Category A station - step free access available to the platform.
Toilets notesThe toilets are located on Platform 1. The National key toilets are operated by a RADAR key. The RADAR key is available from station staff upon request.
Baby changeUnavailable
WiFi notes
Connect to "GWR Free Station WiFi".
Web kioskUnavailable
Staff Help notes
Meeting point: Ticket Office.
Customer Service notes
Please visit for GWR Help & Support. Or contact our social media team @gwrhelp.
Customer help pointsAvailable
Carpark nameStation Car Park
Carpark operatorAPCOA Parking (UK) Limited
Car parking spaces87
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces12
Sheltered cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes
Cycle storage notesThere are stands available.
Step-free accessStep free access is available throughout the whole station.
Ramps for train accessAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
Accessible Booking Office counterAvailable
Accessible taxisAccessible taxis are available at this station, please see below for more information
Accessible taxis notes

Barnstaple station is served by a taxi rank or a cab office. Check availability before travelling, and pre-book if necessary. Consider using the following local operators:

There is no First Class lounge at this station.

Departures and arrivals from Barnstaple

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Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to Exeter CentralGreat Western Railway16:391On time
to Exeter CentralGreat Western Railway17:36On time
to Exeter CentralGreat Western Railway18:431On time
to Exeter CentralGreat Western Railway19:421On time
to Exeter St David'sGreat Western Railway20:40On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from Exeter CentralGreat Western Railway16:33Late
from Exeter CentralGreat Western Railway17:32On time
from Exeter CentralGreat Western Railway18:391On time
from Exeter CentralGreat Western Railway19:38On time
from Exeter CentralGreat Western Railway20:34On time

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