Ilfracombe ( IL-frə-koom) is a seaside resort and civil parish on the North Devon coast, England, with a small harbour surrounded by cliffs.
The parish stretches along the coast from the ‘Coastguard Cottages’ in Hele Bay toward the east and 4 miles along the Torrs to Lee Bay toward the west. The resort is hilly and the highest point within the parish boundary is ‘Hore Down Gate’, 2 miles inland and 860 feet (270 m) above sea level.
The landmark of Hillsborough Hill dominates the harbour and the site of an Iron Age fortified settlement. In the built environment, the architectural-award-winning Landmark Theatre is either loved or hated for its unusual double-conical design. The 13th-century parish church, Holy Trinity, and the St Nicholas’s Chapel (a lighthouse) on Lantern Hill, have been joined by Damien Hirst’s statue of Verity as points of interest.