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Ilfracombe Princess

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Address: Ilfracombe Harbour | Kiosk 2, Ilfracombe Pier, Ilfracombe, England
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+44 1271 879727

Spectacular wildlife and coastal cruises aboard "Ilfracombe...

Spectacular wildlife and coastal cruises aboard "Ilfracombe Princess" one of the most technologically advanced passenger vessels in the U.K.Based in Ilfracombe harbour the Ilfracombe Princess cruises frequently sight seals, porpoises and dolphins.New in 2005 and licensed for 100 passengers. Come and enjoy one of the most dramatic coastal landscapes in England aboard our safe comfortable vessel the 'Ilfracombe Princess'For more information, sailing times and to book visit us at the Pier Kiosk.

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Seal viewing Trip in Autumn

We went on a cold day in autumn. There were great views of Verity and the local Coast. Saw Seals swimming and at Sea, though no porpoises on our trip previously they had been... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 November 2016
Julian C
Coventry, United Kingdom
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

We went on a cold day in autumn. There were great views of Verity and the local Coast. Saw Seals swimming and at Sea, though no porpoises on our trip previously they had been seen). Calm Day so not too choppy though probably not for those with no sea legs. Knowledge of guides brilliant. Recommended

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Dalyan, Turkey
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

We took the hour long trip on the Ilfracombe Princess. We didn't see any seals but spotted a porpoise. We enjoyed the view of the bays and coastline from the boat.

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Letchworth, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

We did the Exmoor Coastal Cruise, on what I admit wasn't a very pleasant day. Regardless of the conditions, we really enjoyed the trip and we would most certainly go again. The crew are very helpful and informative, pointing out a lot of interesting features of the coastline and nature, as well as filling us in on the history of... More 

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England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Had a lovely hour boat trip from Ilfracombe along the coast, saw a porpoise with her calf, would definately return and do a longer boat trip next time

Thank camping718
Kent, UK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

Had a nice hour and a half out on the Princess It was a bit like a cattle market, very crowded, and we didn't see and seals and the no of porpoises were very limited. Wouldn't do it again, but ok if you haven't done it before

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

A really good priced hour and a half spent relaxing on a comfortable boat, going past the lovely coast line. We were lucky enough to see 8 seals on the rocks and a further 2 swimming, of course there is only a certain distance the boat is allowed to go but we could see them very well, and then later... More 

Thank LynneK888
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

We were really looking forward to this. We only saw 3 seals and no other animals. the guide / narrator was not very interesting. My kids were both bored and we were too. Shame

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

We went for the lighthouse and seals trip. Saw three seals, a porpoise and a very enjoyable trip. Unfortunately could not hear all of the commentary as we sat at the back of the boat. Cost £16 per person which was ok as we did get to see some seals

Thank pilsbury100
Boston, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

Excellent sightseeing and wildlife trip along the North Devon Coast. The sea was relatively calm and the weather was beautiful - might not be so enjoyable in poor weather. The on-board commentary was easy to understand and very informative.

Thank Paul P
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

A good hour heading out towards Combe Martin and then back to Ilfracombe. The commentary was good and gave you an insight to some of the history along the coastline. Also pointed out a few beaches which we would never have known about. Also very helpful with my dad who is not the most able and also does not have... More 

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