Tunnels Beaches

(45 reviews) 45 5
Bath Place Ilfracombe Devon EX34 8AN
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About Tunnels Beaches

Bath Place, Ilfracombe
Devon, EX34 8AN

Tunnels Beaches on North Devon’s rugged North Coast is a spectacular venue for your wedding and reception. 

“Unique” is an over-used adjective when it comes to wedding locations, but there is certainly no other way to describe this one!...

Access your private, secluded garden overlooking the sea and beach via hand carved tunnels through the cliffs and then take in the breath taking coastal views to Lundy Island.

Choose to get married within our thatched gazebo overlooking the sea, within our beautiful bespoke building or even within the tunnels themselves! Your guest will love the choice of vantage points from which to enjoy the views - garden, terrace, balcony, roof terrace, bar and function rooms all enjoy amazing outlooks.

Built-in (indoor & outdoor) light, sound and PA systems plus gorgeous interior design mean hardly any decorations are required and a stress-free build up for you!

This historic location is an ideal venue for your special day – fantastic scenery for your photos, private secluded beaches with spectacular romantic sunsets and all arranged by attentive and flexible staff.

The garden and your facilities will be exclusive to you during the day and your guests are able to explore the tunnels, coves and beaches in privacy in the evening.

We offer a wide choice of gourmet barbecues, canapé, and drink packages that provide a relaxing and informal feel.

The dramatic high cliffs, sheltered beaches and our own tidal bathing pool make a stunning backdrop for your day.

Easy access for all your guests via the paved & very gently sloping tunnels. Wedding venue also has a lift & wheelchair facilities.

A few snippets from our testimonials... 
“Perfect venue, staff and scenery makes Tunnels Beaches the ultimate wedding venue!” 

“The best wedding venue in the UK!!” 

“Perfect wedding venue...who needs Barbados?!!”

“Stunning wedding venue”

“Stunning and unique wedding venue”

“Amazing wedding venue!!!”

“Relaxing, beautiful and unique”

“Breathtaking venue!” 

“THE best wedding venue!!”

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• • Coastal venue with private beach • • Stylish indoor function rooms and bars • • Outdoor beach side ceremony within thatched gazebo • • 3x large luxury self catering houses onsite with a total of 27 ensuite bedrooms • • Stress-free, weather proof facilities - see our website for AMAZING TESTIMONIALS!!! • • Late license - 2am!

Facilities at Tunnels Beaches

Venue Type :
Civil Ceremony Licence
Exclusive Use
Outdoor License
Coastal Weddings
Evening Entertainment :
Evening Reception Facilities
Entertainment Licence
Live Band Facilities
DJ Facilities
Overnight Accommodation :
Overnight Accommodation for Wedding Couple
Overnight Accommodation for Guests
Other Features :
Confetti Permitted
Disabled Facilities
Car Parking
Pets Welcome
Dining Options :
Seated Meal Facilities
Buffet Meal Facilities
In House Catering
Alcohol Licence
Capacity :
50 to 75 guests
75 to 100 guests
100 to 150 guests
Venue Staff Assistance :
Wedding Coordinator

Tunnels Beaches Reviews (45)

The location is down right stunning
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By Gregg & Row, on 05 Apr 2020Date of Wedding - 26 Oct 2019

Tunnels Beaches was the first and only place we visited. We booked immediately. There is something truly magnificent about Tunnels and those who have had their wedding there or been to someone’s there will know exactly what we mean! The location is down right stunning - think ultra-cool venue meets ‘Bond Lair’ and you are some way there. Despite Yellow weather warnings and torrential rain on the day until 45 mins before the ceremony, Tunnels management and experience meant we got to get married outside (of course everything was prepp’d in case of a last minute change)! Every guest has commented (and some still do) that it was the best wedding ever - we would of course say that - but it was down to the overall professionalism of the entire team at Tunnels - cleaners to chefs and beyond. The food is something they really pride themselves on and they should! Again our guests still mention it...and one mother wishes there were more photos of the food too! The venue has so much to offer and you will struggle to find anything more unique - you can see that from the photos - but Tunnels is the entire team! From Jamie and Catherine who helped us pull it all together to Jacs who delivered on the day. The whole day ran like clockwork without us or even the wider bridal party having to worry about a thing! Nothing was ever too much, everything was pre-empted and they would always try and accommodate requests within their bounds. The venue, the accommodation, the service - everything is simply outstanding! Our best day ever with the most fantastic memories!

Outstanding venue and Team!
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By Laura Doyle, on 17 Nov 2019Date of Wedding - 21 Oct 2019

"We chose Tunnels Beaches for our wedding in October 2019. It's the first wedding venue we visited and we did not view any others. It's a breathtaking venue. I happen to be a wedding photographer - and over the decades have visited many lovely wedding venues across the UK and abroad. I have never been to a wedding venue and felt as special as Tunnels made us both feel. Their attention to detail, knowledge and professionalism is the best I have ever come across. Nothing was a problem to any of the amazing people who work there. The entire team at Tunnels Beaches made us feel totally at ease with any requests / questions we had...we always knew we were in safe hands. As for the day itself - it was awesome and exceeded our expectations. The food was incredible and guests are still commenting on it was the best and most unique wedding they had been too. We cannot wait to share our wedding photos when we receive them with our amazing venue. Thanks so much - to Jamie, Tanya, Catherine and the entire team for helping us create one of the most memorable days that we will treasure forever! Mr & Mrs Doyle xx

The food was INCREDIBLE!
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By Sarah & Simon, on 25 Nov 2019Date of Wedding - 19 Sep 2019

Simon and I wanted to say such a HUGE thank you to you and your team for making our day so perfect. From start to finish everyone was so organised, calm, patient and effortlessly polite (probably all the things I wasn't on the day hahaha!) The food was INCREDIBLE - I completely mis-timed having my dress tightened! Our guests are still talking about the day even now and have all commented how wonderful the team, the food, the venue and the sunset all were. You were right about the cheese - Simon and I are still working our way through it and it's delicious! I genuinely had the best day of my life so I really cant thank you enough for making that happen so seamlessly and without issue. You've got a fab crew who are a real asset to your business. We'll most definitely be back to visit!... Love, tears and sunflowers...

We cannot recommend this venue enough
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By Amy & Steve, on 28 Nov 2019Date of Wedding - 18 Sep 2019

When we got engaged we knew straight away that we wanted to get married near the beach, so after a little research we booked viewings at our two favourites, the first being Tunnels Beaches and the second a venue in Ibiza (fearing the worst of the British weather!). However, from the second we walked into Tunnels on a cold and overcast day in March we fell in love with it, and both said that if we hadn't booked our flights to Ibiza we wouldn't have even bothered going! Our wedding day was like a dream come true and we loved every second! We did luck out with the weather (sunny and 20°C in the middle of September!), but even without that you just can't fault the beautiful venue, which speaks for itself and the amazing staff that make it what it is. They were always on hand to answer any questions we had and went above and beyond both before and on the wedding day, nothing was ever too much trouble. And then the incredible houses, we booked The Courtyard and The Bath House, which meant all of our family and close friends could stay with us on and around the wedding, which was just the icing on the cake. We cannot recommend this venue enough, so many of our guests said it was the best wedding they had ever been to (and was the most amazing wedding food they had ever eaten!) So thank you Tunnels, you are a special place that will always have a place in our hearts and has given us memories that will last a lifetime - our only wish is that we could do it all over again!

The views and quality of setting are unbelievable
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By Andy & Katy, on 21 Jan 2020Date of Wedding - 15 Sep 2019

Our experience of Tunnels Beach from start to finish was simply outstanding. From our first visit to the venue and meeting with yourself we were instantly convinced to hold our wedding day at Tunnels. The venue speaks for itself, the views and quality of the setting are unbelievable. Added to that you and your team were so helpful, friendly and accommodating to our random questions. Once booked we continued with numerous questions and all were answered straight away with clear information and nothing was too much trouble to try and make our day go as we wanted. Once the big day arrived the Woodlands house was simply stunning and felt like home straight away. It is so well equipped and just beautifully decorated throughout, just to our taste! Our big day was relaxed and informal, but intimate and private, just as we wanted. With Jacqui helping to run the timings and ensuring we could enjoy the day, everything ran like clockwork. We received so many comments about the venue, not just the views but the different spaces available and probably the most about the quality and quantity of the food!! The venue is really everything you could ever ask for, we cant thank you enough for helping to make our special day just perfect. We look forward to visiting in years to come and wish we could do it all again!! Our pictures from the day show how great the venue looks even on a cloudy day!

Guests... best wedding that they had ever been to!
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By Natalie & Nathan, on 28 Nov 2019Date of Wedding - 08 Sep 2019

As soon as we visited Tunnels Beaches, Nath and I just looked at each other and we both just knew it was the place to get married for us. We had the absolute best day ever! I could not fault it. So many of our guests said it was the best wedding that they had ever been to! Which is the best compliment and such a lovely thing to be told. The day ran seamlessly and you didn’t even notice the team working hard in the background. The Tunnels Beaches staff were just incredible from start to finish. The food, the venue and the staff were just fantastic and the weather was on our side too! I recommend the monk fish and king prawn skewers (people are still talking to me about them even now). The bar staff even joined in dancing behind the bar to our DJ! It was a great moment! Thank you Tunnels Beaches for being everything we could have wished for in a wedding venue and so much more. Can we do it all again please?!

We could have been anywhere in the world!
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By Victoria & Mark, on 28 Nov 2019Date of Wedding - 07 Sep 2019

At first, getting married by the beach in the UK felt like a compromise to us. We’d initially considered Ibiza but with a small child and large group of friends it simply wasn’t practical. We were so wrong, tying the knot at Tunnels Beaches was everything we could have dreamt of and more. The venue set up is stunning, we were lucky to be blessed with September sunshine on the day, and when it got a bit windy the blankets available kept the chill off the guests. The views are simply stunning, we could have been anywhere in the world! In the lead up to the day, Tanya and the team were excellent, speedy responses to any query and no question was considered silly. We rented The Bath House and The Courtyard for the weekend of our wedding which I would highly recommend. Both houses were stunning, every room was beautiful - it was better than a boutique hotel and offered us the opportunity to really make a weekend of our wedding and enjoy a bit more of North Devon. Every testimonial you read raves about the food, we hate to be unoriginal but they are so right. From the canapés to the ice-cream, the BBQ to the sausage and bacon baps, everything was fresh and delicious. More than a few of our guests commented that it was the best wedding food they had ever had. The staff before and during the day were amazing, nothing was too much to ask of them - keeping my stress levels to a minimum. Service at the bar was speedy and friendly, despite almost 100 guests to serve. A huge thank you to the whole team at Tunnels for helping us achieve the wedding day of our dreams

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By Victoria & Gerry, on 05 Apr 2020Date of Wedding - 04 Sep 2019

Our original plan was to get married in Barbados. By chance we visited Tunnels after visiting family in Cornwall. Tunnels was still in the middle of building The Courtyard. The place was a building site…. There and then we booked our wedding for the 4th September 2019. After stepping into the venue, looking out at the ocean there was no way we were leaving without being in Tunnels diary . Perfect. When we returned almost two years later Tunnels was completed and looked stunning . We hired the three properties for three nights and our guests were more than happy. Our day was perfect. The staff, the food, could not be faulted . We felt very lucky and it truly was the best three days of our lives. It took us nearly 20 years to tie the knot, turns out it was well worth the wait. Anyone who asks about our day I simply say "magical".

It was all perfect!
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By Carly & Matt, on 28 Nov 2019Date of Wedding - 01 Sep 2019

We first visited Tunnels Beaches on a very cold rainy day in March 2017. We were amazed with the breath taking view from the wedding venue and knew it was so unique and unlike any other wedding we had been to before, even in the rain we were sold immediately. We wanted the wedding to be a weekend affair and having onsite accommodation was very important to us. When we initially booked, the only available accommodation was The Bath House however by the time our wedding was due to come round we were informed that there would be two additional houses on site, The Courtyard and The Woodlands. We booked all three houses and were able to have 54 guests stay on site. Jamie, Tanya and Jacs were so accommodating and allowed us to visit the venue several times prior to the wedding which really helped with planning. All of our guests commented on how stunning the accommodation was. We had a pre-wedding party the night before our wedding and paid for the Chef to come in to cook paella for everyone, which was delicious! We were very lucky with the weather on the day, and were able to get married outside. I cannot express enough how helpful all of the staff were on the day, my drink was always topped up and they even carried my dinner plate upstairs for me. The canapés and BBQ were gorgeous; I cannot fault a single part of it. The feedback from guests has been amazing. To summarise - it was all perfect and I would recommend the venue to anyone. I'm not sure I have ever seen a more beautiful sunset.

Despite the weather we still had an incredible day
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By Laura & Ben, on 26 Nov 2019Date of Wedding - 16 Aug 2019

We fell in love with Tunnels Beaches as soon as we saw it on a rainy November day back in 2017 and unfortunately it was rain that greeted us on our wedding day in August as well! The staff at Tunnels were brilliant at reassuring me that the day would still be special and they certainly were right! So many guests even commented that they had a better view for the indoor ceremony than if it had be outside, which I totally agree with. We booked The Courtyard and The Woodlands for the weekend, which really made the whole weekend even more special and is something that we definitely recommend. I was so chilled on the morning of the wedding as I had so many of my loved ones around me. We had all of our guests back to The Woodlands the day after the wedding for some lunch in the sun! This was a brilliant way of ending the celebrations and really took the pressure off trying to get round to speak to everyone on the wedding day, which is impossible! Despite the weather we still had an incredible day. Guests have said that it was the most amazing wedding venue they have ever been to and definitely the best wedding food they’ve had. The staff were brilliant throughout the whole process – Jamie’s response rate to my million questions was incredible and really helped reduce my stress levels. It wasn’t the day that I had imagined on the lead up to the wedding, but it was still the best day of my life. Anyone who is worried about booking Tunnels because of the unpredictable British weather – go for it! The inside option is still stunning and we have some beautiful pictures.

Outstanding and purely magical views
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By Lee & Katrina, on 28 Nov 2019Date of Wedding - 28 Jul 2019

We had our beautiful wedding at Tunnels Beaches on the 28th July this year and it was absolutely amazing!... Ilfracombe is such a special place for us both with many memories from our visits over the years, including our engagement down on the beach of Hele Bay so we knew that we had to find a venue that was just as memorable and Tunnels certainly did not disappoint! After our first visit to Tunnels Beaches during the refurb and addition of the roof terrace we were amazed and fell in love with this gorgeous venue, so much so we booked for our wedding the very same day!! The staff were amazing from start to finish, answering questions on the run up to the wedding and were extremely organised on the day, ensuring everything went so smoothly! The BBQ buffet was delicious and of such a high quality with guests commenting how much they enjoyed this different approach to a wedding breakfast! The outstanding and purely magical views make this a venue that stands out from the rest and has provided us with memories that will last us a lifetime! We can't thank you all enough and will definitely be back to visit and reminisce about our beautiful day!

We cannot recommend them highly enough!
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By Liam & Ciaran, on 25 Nov 2019Date of Wedding - 27 Jul 2019

We cannot recommend them highly enough as a venue. Everything about the day went exactly as we had hoped, and we are so grateful to them for all their hard work, making our day so special. The venue is incredible, steeped in history as a Victorian bathing resort, and yet the main building appears modern, slick and stunning. The curved design with wide sweeping panoramic views of the north Devon coastline was perfect; the sunset dancing on the water as waves crashed on the beach below was heaven! Several guests were awestruck, and several were saying that it felt like we were outside the UK! The staff were the most efficient, helpful and friendly bunch you could imagine. As an example, the photographer was blown away at the sheer speed with which welcome drinks were distributed after the ceremony - she was singing their praises as she see's a lot of weddings! I was impressed at the way staff would always be smiling and checking in on us during the day, and they never failed to offer us a drink when they saw us empty handed - it's these small gestures that show that they really want to make sure your day is perfect. The catering was second to none. The sheer volume and variety of what was on offer was brilliant. The food was colourful, delicious and plentiful. Everyone was telling us how they loved the variety of the food. Special dietary requirements were well catered for and everyone was well fed. The wedding administration was a breeze, Jamie and the team have always been so well organised and they were happy to answer any question, large or small, in the lead up to the wedding. We always felt we were in capable hands!

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