The Ilfracombe Gallery

In 2017 this room was completely redesigned to reflect the story of Ilfracombe and it features a range of exhibits from Ilfracombe’s early history, the Civil War, the High Street shops, wartime Ilfracombe and the story of Ilfracombe’s women repelling French invaders in 1797 with their red petticoats.

Discover more about the devastating fires that rocked the whole community and how the railway changed the lives of all when it arrived & when it left and Ilfracombe railway station. Find out more about the rise of the Georgian holiday resort and our grandest building – the Ilfracombe Hotel