COVID 19 UPDATE: Please be assured that we make every effort to maintain a covid safe environment here at Ocean Backpackers. This includes reducing our overall capacity, not offering shared dormitory accommodation (all rooms can be booked for private use), abiding by the current hygiene and social distancing advice as outlined by the government and following a strict cleaning programme as detailed by the Hospitality Industry. (A dedicated COVID-19 page with more details can be found at the bottom of this page!) With all these continuing measures in place, we hope you will choose Ocean Backpackers for your next U.K. staycation!

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Ocean Backpackers is an Independ hostel situated close to Ilfracombe’s picturesque working fishing Harbour.

This cool, clean and friendly budget accommodation offers excellent facilities for walkers, cyclists, surfers, divers as well as families, schools, activity groups and of course not forgetting the Independent traveller!

Facilities include a self-catering kitchen, dining area, communal lounge with t.v, free internet/wi-fi, a large storage basement and patio area.

Nestled in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Ilfracombe has many shops, galleries, pubs and restaurants and has a rich café culture. It is fastly becoming an "arts destination" since the Harbour became home to Damien Hirst’s statue “Verity” in 2012.

Ilfracombe is the start of the Route 27 Coast-to-coast ride to Plymouth and the South West Coast Path provides wonderful walks with stunning scenery that take your breath away!

We often have Surfers who lodge with us due to being just a short drive away from the sandy surf beaches of Woolacombe, Croyde and Saunton Sands

We are also just a short walk away from the privately owned Tunnels Beaches and tidal pool, which is steeped in Victorian history.

We welcome groups of all sizes and any age of traveller that enjoys the buzz of a Backpackers and has a love of the great outdoors!

The whole hostel can be hired for exclusive use for groups of up to 46.

Please contact us for more details.


To make a booking you can call us on 01271 867 835. However, the best way is online - simply click on the link below and you will be taken to our secure system…

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Latest update following the Government announcement on 14th June 2021

e will still be operating with some Government restrictions until the 19th July!