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WoolacombeUnited Kingdom

Set at the mouth of a deep valley on the North Devon coast, this picturesque seaside resort is an ideal spot for surfing and exploration.

Fly kites along the white sands of Woolacombe’s beach, grab a board and head into the surf or just relax and enhance your tan. Book a tandem hang-gliding flight and see the beauty of Devonshire from the air. Take a boat trip out to Lundy Island and watch for birds and wildlife. Explore the coast and spot seals and dolphins with a sea safari.

Take a stroll along Woolacombe Beach, 2 miles (3 kilometers) of long, gently sloping sands. Go for a swim when the tide is out and the waves are calm or wait for the tide to come in. When the waves are more vigorous, conditions become ideal for surfing. Book lessons at the surf school or if you’re confident, hit the waves on your own.

Explore the seas in a guided boat tour. Book a surf safari and see the North Devon coastline from the waves. Search for dolphins, seals and porpoises and enjoy beautiful views. Watch for Dave the Dolphin, a sociable resident of the bay. Head out on the MS Oldenburg to visit Lundy Island. Explore the island and watch for birds and wildlife including the adorable puffins, then relax with a beer in the local tavern.

Soar through the air by booking a tandem hang gliding experience. Team with an experienced partner and the latest technology to see the countryside in style. Admire incredible views of Exmoor National Park, the coastline of North Devon and North Cornwall. Keep video and still photo footage as a memento.

Reach Woolacombe by bus from Barnstaple or Ilfracombe. The nearest train station is at Barnstaple. Visit in the summer to take advantage of the sun, which is when the area is at its most popular. In the winter the village is quieter, but the surfing is much better. Accommodations are available in the village, with more options at other nearby towns and villages.

Top hotels in Woolacombe

Watersmeet Hotel
Watersmeet Hotel
4 out of 5
Mortehoe, Woolacombe, England
The price is £138 per night from 11 Dec to 12 Dec

Nestled on the beach, this Woolacombe hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Combesgate Beach and Woolacombe Beach. Grunta Beach and Barricane Beach are also within ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (40 reviews)

"Good location, great views, friendly & and helpful staff"…"

Reviewed on 12 Sep 2020

Watersmeet Hotel
The Woolacombe Bay Hotel
The Woolacombe Bay Hotel
4 out of 5
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This family-friendly Woolacombe hotel is located by the sea, within 1 mi (2 km) of Barricane Beach and Woolacombe Beach. Combesgate Beach and Grunta Beach are ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (63 reviews)
Highly recommend!

"Lovely hotel, reception lady (I think Hannah?) was fantastic very welcoming and informative. Really enjoyed our short stay, lounge bar area was comfy, barman friendly and excellent cocktail maker! Great views from the dining room at breakfast, fantastic choice and all staff were lovely and couldn’t ..."…"

Reviewed on 12 Oct 2019

The Woolacombe Bay Hotel
Woolacombe Garden Apartment 2 Bedrooms
Woolacombe Garden Apartment 2 Bedrooms
3.5 out of 5
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Situated in Woolacombe, this golf cottage is within 1 mile (2 km) of Combesgate Beach and Woolacombe Beach. Barricane Beach and Grunta Beach are also within ...

4/5Very Good! (1 review)

"Overall we had a lovely stay. Wonderful location with amazing views and close to all amenities. Lovely and spacious, bright and comfortable. Owners live upstairs, but are not in your face - just there if you have an issue. Would recommend, but bear in mind there is no wifi or shower (2 recommendations ..."…"

Reviewed on 20 Sep 2020

Woolacombe Garden Apartment 2 Bedrooms
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Woolacombe Garden Apartment 2 Bedrooms
Woolacombe Garden Apartment 2 Bedrooms
3.5 out of 5

Situated in Woolacombe, this golf cottage is within 1 mile (2 km) of Combesgate Beach and Woolacombe Beach. Barricane Beach and Grunta Beach are also within ...

4/5Very Good! (1 review)

"Overall we had a lovely stay. Wonderful location with amazing views and close to all amenities. Lovely and spacious, bright and comfortable. Owners live upstairs, but are not in your face - just there if you have an issue. Would recommend, but bear in mind there is no wifi or shower (2 recommendations ..."…"

Reviewed on 20 Sep 2020

Woolacombe Garden Apartment 2 Bedrooms
Woolacombe SEA View 2 Bedrooms
Woolacombe SEA View 2 Bedrooms
3.5 out of 5

Situated in Woolacombe, this golf cottage is within 1 mile (2 km) of Barricane Beach and Woolacombe Beach. Combesgate Beach and Grunta Beach are also within ...

Woolacombe SEA View 2 Bedrooms
Enjoy Stunning Sea Views From A Detached Contemporary Coastal Holiday Home
Enjoy Stunning Sea Views From A Detached Contemporary Coastal Holiday Home
Thorpe, Bay View Road, Woolacombe, ENG

Situated on the waterfront, this holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Combesgate Beach and Woolacombe Beach. Barricane Beach and Grunta Beach are also within ...

5/5Exceptional! (47 reviews)
Stunning house, 2nd visit for us, we had an amazing week

"This was our second stay at Thorpe. The house is stunning, beautifully maintained. The views from the large windows out to the beach, watching the sun setting and surfers hitting the waves is magical. Ideal location to rock pool, coastal path walks, fun in the hot tub and head onto the beach. Chris ..."…"

Reviewed on 20 Oct 2020

Enjoy Stunning Sea Views From A Detached Contemporary Coastal Holiday Home
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Woolacombe

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Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

16 Dec 2019

Wonderful area for walks on beach and cliffs Lots to discover Quiet Loved every minute there made better by the brilliant accommodation and friendly welcome

5/5 - Excellent

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22 Sep 2019

Definitely worth a stay. Lovely beaches to enjoy but thankfully not obscenely touristy.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

10 Sep 2019

Been coming for years, always a lovely place, excellent atmosphere

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

24 Jul 2019

Love this area. From the lovely beach to the rock pools. Amazing place.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

4 Jul 2019

Good beach but the town is a bit disappointing.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

23 Jun 2019

Lovely town, some nice shops. Lots of places to eat

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