Backpacker Facilities

Look At Our Lounge Area!

Ocean Backpackers is a clean and homely Independent Youth Hostel which offers comfortable and spacious accommodation at great prices.

Having been established for 19 years, Ocean Backpackers has undergone many improvements and has once again been awarded a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excelllence in 2019 for fantastic facilities and great service!

The location of the Backpackers is perfect. It is a minutes walk from the very picturesque Ilfracombe Harbour and there are an abundance of cafes, restaurants, shops, galleries and very friendly local pubs nearby. It is near to the main bus stop which brings local buses from Barnstaple the (nearest railway station) and National Express coaches from London Victoria, Heathrow and Birmingham.


Facilities Include

  • En suite private dorms -three x 6 bed and one x 8 bed
  • Two doubles -one en-suite.
  • Three family rooms -one en suite. (Each room sleeps four.)
  • Two family rooms-(en-suite that sleep 5.)
  • One single room.
  • Bedding provided.
  • Piping hot showers (courtesy of our solar panels)
  • Well equipped, clean and spacious kitchen
  • Free internet /wi-fi
  • Laundry and drying room
  • Communal lounge, kitchen and dining room (Kitchen closed at present following COVID-19 Government restrictions.)
  • Sea Views
  • Sports equipment and baggage storage (ideal for surfboards and bikes)
  • Lockers (own padlock required)
  • Car Park
  • Free tea and coffee.
  • Towel hire for £1 (Not available at present. Please bring your own.)

Car Parking


We offer a FREE car park and there is room for six cars on a first come first saved basis. We ask all guests leaving their cars with us to be considerate to other guests as cars are parked one behind the other in two rows of three. You will be asked to leave your contact number so you can be contacted to move your car if necessary. There is a large public car park directly opposite the backpackers which is pay and display from 8am-8pm. (Summer charges are £1.10 per hour or £8 for 24 hours/Winter £2 for 24 hours.) The cheapest parking is in the Long Stay part of the Harbour called Marine Drive-a short walk from us.

Checking In

Check in times are from 4pm. Earlier check in times can be made by prior arrangement. If you are checking in later than 10pm, please inform us of your arrival time before you travel. We do not have a night porter so provision needs to be made for someone to cover reception. If you are going to be later than planned, please give us a ring en-route if possible to let us know your arrival time. check-out time is 10am.

Our Third Floor

Our top floor can be hired for EXCLUSIVE USE! It comprises of two family rooms, one double room, one single room, two bathrooms and a self-catering kitchen and sleeps 11. There is no lounge but guests are welcome to use the communal lounge on the ground floor. 

The third floor has wi-fi and there is a TV in every room. All bedding and towels provided!

We can offer exclusive "top floor" deals at certain times of year so please contact us directly on 01271 867835 for a quote! Prices range from £120-£240 per night.

**COVID-19 UPDATE: Please follow current Government guidance on who to holiday with when booking! Guests may wish to use their own bedding and towels. If using our bedding, guests will be asked to strip the beds before departure to limit the risks to our staff.**


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