COVID 19 UPDATE: Following Government guidance, we are very pleased to announce that we will be re-opening on 10th July 2020. Please rest assure that we will making every effort to maintain a covid safe environment. This will mean reducing our overall capacity, not offering shared dormitory accommodation (all rooms can be booked for private use), abiding by social distancing advice and following a strict cleaning regime as outlined by the government for the Hospitality Industry. (A dedicated COVID-19 page with more details can be found at the bottom of this page!) With all these new measures in place, we hope you will choose Ocean Backpackers for your U.K. staycation this summer!

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Ocean Backpackers is an Independently owned youth 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, patio area and free car-park.

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 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!

Weekly discounts are available and the whole hostel can be hired for exclusive use for groups of up to 52.

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 News

Closing for a winter break.

Ocean Backpackers has now closed for the winter and will re-open March 2021.