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travel to Ilfracombe

I am thinking of having a few days in Ilfracombe but notice there is no train station there. I would be travelling from Essex on public transport so probably be on a train via London. What is the best rail station to go to to then get a bus or coach to Ilfracombe? I have looked in to National Express coach from Colchester to Ilfracome but it takes too long. thanks

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1. Re: travel to Ilfracombe

You'll need to cross London to Paddington station, take the train to Exeter St Davids, change there for Barnstaple, then bus to Ilfracombe

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2. Re: travel to Ilfracombe

You could come by coach. …weebly.com/information-for-visitors-to-ilfr…

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3. Re: travel to Ilfracombe

I'd agree with aadvark10, if you want to travel by train go London-London Paddington-Exeter St David's-Barnstaple and then get the bus to Ilfracombe. There is a 15-20 minute walk from the train station at Barnstaple to the bus station but some buses do stop at the train station, too.

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4. Re: travel to Ilfracombe

The train/bus combination via Exeter and Barnstaple isn't THAT much slower than the coach - though it is more frequent

When the line isn't flooded - a depressingly frequent occurrence

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5. Re: travel to Ilfracombe

There are certainly easier places to get to by train than Ilfracombe, Torbay, Exmouth, Dawlish, even Looe or Newquay all have rail stations.

Barnstaple, United...
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6. Re: travel to Ilfracombe

True badcat but they aren't Ilfracombe either ;-)

Edited: 2:20 pm, January 06, 2014
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7. Re: travel to Ilfracombe

Ah, yes, but they are only 'thinking' of going to Ilfracombe. May be open to other easier to get to suggestions.

Harwich, Essex
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8. Re: travel to Ilfracombe

Thank you people, It would be Ilfracombe if I were to visit the area so most helpful. The national express coach connections are what makes it a long journey as it means not getting there until evening Train sounds the best option, but may wait til the flooding risk is less :)

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9. Re: travel to Ilfracombe

There is also the option of getting a train to Tiverton Parkway, then a taxi to Ilfracombe. This is a more costly option but it is the quickest route by far.

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10. Re: travel to Ilfracombe

Warning -think twice if travelling by car. The long stay ticket is only valid in certain car parks (this is hidden in small print on back, and after a long journey the last thing you do is sit and read the rear of a parking tickets small print!) Fine is £50 unless you pay up in shorter time. Nice welcome after paying to park.

We had to move our car up to a out of the way car park to comply with the ticket, only to have it immediately vandalised. So on top of the fine we had a damaged car. Just a little card left on front seat asking us to telephone the police, No attempt to secure the car. I think if we had no valid parking ticket the council would have probably towed it away to a safe pound and we would have been better off. The council rejected our appeal and we have ended with a fine and massive repair bill to pay. Doubt we will ever go back. The drunks at night were off-putting but this was the final straw.

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