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Find out more about the Ilfracombe Princess and the team behind the Big Yellow Sightseeing Boat!


THE PERFECT WAY TO EXPLORE THE NORTH DEVON COASTLINE!


Based in Ilfracombe harbour the Ilfracombe Princess cruises the coast to see seals, porpoises and dolphins!

Enjoy one of the most dramatic landscapes in England aboard our safe comfortable vessel the 'Ilfracombe Princess'. We have been serving Ilfracombe tourism for more then 20 years, licensed to carry 100 passengers.

Join us to witness spectacular wildlife and coastal cruises aboard our MCA approved vessel, purpose built for coastal cruising!

 




FAMOUS FACES


We are lucky to be chosen by famous people when they are visiting Ilfracombe and last year we were privileged to welcome aboard Sir Keir Starmer who enjoyed our Seals and Lighthouse Cruise.

 

Our team



The Big Yellow Boat


Have a look around the Ilfracombe Princess


History


Launched in 2004 by the Barbeary family, Paul Barbeary skippered the princess every season until  his retirement in 2021. The Ilfracombe Princess was built specifically for coastal cruising along the North Devon coast.  Over the years it's estimated she has carried over 320,000 passengers.
 
In 2019 a local family bought the Ilfracombe Princess, Mark Hutchings and Stuart Hutchings both have a passion for the water.  Mark has over 13 years experience operating tourists boats at the harbour.  Marks wife, Nancy, manages the day to day running of the company from the harbour. Along with the children making appearances throughout the summer at in the booking kiosk and on the vessel this really is a family run business at its best.  
 
The company thrive to ensure the enjoyment of its passengers,  “making memories” really is the moto for the company, and its good memories that will last a lifetime they hope to achieve.  

DMW
DMW
28 October 2022
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Dont believe the bucket joke! The Princess is tidy, safe and comfortable. The crew are very informative, funny and sensitive to folk not used to boats. This was our second trip and Capn Paul was just as entertaining and ironic as Capn Jack was last year. This was the last trip of the year and she is due to be lifted out for the winter tomorrow, so we were very lucky.No trip to Ilfracombe can be complete without including a trip in the Yellow Cat.
Tobias
Tobias
8 October 2022
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COOL ACTIVITY It's a very cool activity. Wehen you're in ilfracombe as a tourist you must do it. We took the little fast boat (not the big). The driver was very friendly and drove swerved. That was very cool.
SteveB1972
SteveB1972
27 September 2022
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A second trip on the Ilfracombe Princess As per the title, this was our second trip on Ilfracombe Princess and once again it was brilliant.Seals and Lighthouses cruise this time, great to see the seals, interesting commentary and stories from the crew - absolutely brilliant.Hopefully we won't leave it so long for the third trip
RF
RF
20 September 2022
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Ilfracombe Princess and the coast Just back from our trip from Ilfracombe to Broadsands with Captain Jack on the Princess. It was a beautiful day and an impromptu trip. We saw the gorgeous coastline of North Devon and were provided with wonderful historical stories of the coast and the local area too from Jack. Our safety was of paramount importance to the crew and we felt comfortable and in very good hands. Highly recommended if you are in the area and fancy a trip out to sea.
Steve
Steve
18 September 2022
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Great trip to see the seals Great 2.5 hour trip to see the seals, lots of local information along the way from the skipper as well which was nice, we saw the seals which was the highlight for me sadly no dolphins, would've booked another trip if we were there for longer.
Sally D
Sally D
5 September 2022
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The perfect way to spend an hour It was lovely to get away for an hour and see a little coastline from the sea; I only wish it had been for 2 hours! The sea was beautifully calm, the weather perfect. The staff were all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable, with a relaxed atmosphere aboard. Great value for money. Many thanks to Nancy and her team.
will
will
4 September 2022
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Sea trip Went on the boat trip today. A good day out. Went on the 2 hour trip. Took the dog as well. Definitely worth the effort. Not a bad price for the time and adventure.
cherylandjohn
cherylandjohn
2 September 2022
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Great trip to see some stunning coastline and wildlife Can't fault this at all. Really well organised, friendly crew who were always making sure passengers were comfortable and enjoying the experience.Lots of interesting commentary as we sailed along some stunning coastline. Seals were lounging around on the rocks taking in some sun.My 9 year old and 3 year old loved it and so did we. Next time we're in Ilfracombe we'll definitely be booking another trip. Thank you for an amazing opportunity to see the beautiful North Devon coastline and wildlife.
Kerry F
Kerry F
2 September 2022
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Great Trip Great trip! Very well organised with Jack and Kev. Jack is very knowledgeable. Well recommended. Great value for money.

 

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