Bude Travel Guide

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Bude Things to Do

  • Bude Haven Recreation Ground

    Although this is primarily a local facility it is also open to visitors offering a range of indoor and outdoor sporting activities. These include a mini golf course, a putting green, tennis and squash courts and table tennis. Prices start from £2 for short sessions and basic equipment is available for hire.

  • A Shelter From The Elements

    This is something I definitely wasn't going to do on either evening I was here - not a lot of point in getting soaked to the skin to search out a shelter when there's a perfectly good pub instead.The Bude Storm Tower was built in 1835 by the local landowner Sir Thomas Acland employing the services of George Wightwick (who was responsible for many...

  • If You Want To Take To The Water

    Bude's canal system fell into commercial decline in the early 20th century but in recent years has been rejuvenated as part of the town's leisure facilities. In 1998 the canal's sea lock was severely damaged during a storm. The lock is one of the few surviving examples of its type and a feature of the area's industrial heritage and so funding was...

  • The Castle Bude

    Bude's so-called "castle" was built in 1830 as the townhouse of the local entrepreneur and prolific inventor Sir Goldsworthy Gurney. The crenelated building is particularly interesting in that it was constructed on the shifting sand dunes overlooking the River Neet and the Summerleaze Beach. Instead of foundations a massive concrete raft, itself a...

  • Bude Harbour

    Bude only became a port following the 1819 Act which commissioned the construction of the canal primarily for the transportation of mineral-rich sand inland for agricultural fertilisation. This led to the formation of the Bude Harbour and Canal Company and the harbour, quays and sea lock were all part of the overall project.During its 19th century...

  • The Bude Light

    This needle-like sculpture in the park in front of Bude Castle was commissioned by the local council as part of its 2,000 AD millennium commemoration. The colours of the rings of the 9 metre high concrete cone represent sand, sea and sky and the sculpture is inlaid with fibre optic lights which depict the night sky of May 17th 2,000 with different...

  • Walking The Coast Path

    Although this wasn't something I had a chance to do this visit the bus journey I took down to Tintagel left me with the impression that walking this section of the South West Coastal Path would offer some spectacular scenery.From what I gather it doesn't matter whether you head north, towards Hartland, or south, towards Boscastle the walking will...

  • Canalside Walks

    Bude has a unique canal system with its sea lock (one of the few in Europe still in working order) opening onto the Atlantic and, inland, its "inclined planes". The original canal planned in 1774 was intended to link Bude to the river Tamar at Calstock, thus providing a trade route between the English and Bristol Channels. However engineering...

  • Tamar Otter and Wildlife Park

    The Tamar Otter Sanctuary is just a short drive away from Bude. It is great fun for all the family. As the name suggests, there are several different breeds of Otters being cared for here. At the entrance you will be told of the Otter feeding times - not to be missed! I fould this really educational, the keepers have a wealth of knowledge about...

  • Walk along the Canal/Canal Basin

    The Canal at Bude provides some excellent level paths which lead down to Summerleaze beach. The Canal widens out at the Basin where you can hire a rowing boat/pedalo or try your hand at fishing. There are some lovely Cafe's and ice cream kiosks overlooking the Canal Basin where you can just sit and watch the world go by.

  • Sea Lock Gates

    Bude Sea lock is one of just two remaining working sea locks in Europe. The original sea lock was reconstructed and enlarged in 1835 following storm damage. This allowed vessels of up to 300 tons to enter the Canal Basin. The sea lock was completely restored in October 2000 using green oak. A fierce storm wreaked havoc in March 2008, wrenching one...

  • Bude Castle

    Not really a Castle as such but a rather swish castellated Mansion. This lovely quirky home was built in 1830 by the Victorian Inventor Sir Goldsworthy Gurney. A rather risky build due to the fact that he constructed the building on sand using a concrete raft foundation - the first of its kind. The Castle is now a Heritage centre with a cafe,...

  • Walk along the Coastal Path

    The coastal paths in and around Bude offer some great views of the coastline. The paths are really well signposted and at frequent points along the way there are waymarked paths which link up with the towns and villages along the way. The signs also give the distance in miles to the next place which is really useful. Widemouth Bay is a really good...

  • Widemouth Bay

    Widemouth bay is just a ten minutes drive away from Bude Town Centre. Here you'll find miles of golden sands, coastal walks and one of the best surfing spots in Cornwall. There are a few car parks dotted along the bay offering great views of the coast, many people sit in their cars and watch the sun go down. The excellent coastal path can be taken...

  • The Bude Light

    The Bude Light 2000 celebrates the millenium in Bude and the invention of the Bude Light in 1830 by Sir Goldsworthy Gurney. The concept created by Carole Vincent and Anthony Fanshawe is the first large scale public sculpture to use colour concrete with fibre optic lighting.The Buye Light 2000 is a slender cone made in concrete with colours of sand,...


Bude Hotels

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  • Brocksmoor Hotel

    Nice rooms and VERY friendly service. I will definitely be going back. We spent lots of time in the...

  • Brendon Arms

    I needed somewhere for a two-night stay, arriving and departing by bus and with a bus trip down to...

  • Falcon Hotel

    Bude, EX23 8SD, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

Bude Restaurants

  • Beware Of The Green Chillies!

    On a dank Tuesday night in November there wasn't a lot happening in the town's restaurants, those that were open that is. I had been tempted to eat at the pub where I was staying, the Brendon Arms, - the food looked good, was very reasonably-priced and the place was certainly busy enough. However after a couple of beers there I got a sudden urge...

  • Great location and great food

    The Falcon Hotel was originally established in 1798 as a boarding house, providing lodging for captains of visiting vessels. A coaching service begain in 1826, it stopped at the Falcon three times a week and brought many visitors including Alfred Lord Tennyson who visited in May 1848. The Falcon today is a great building which commands an excellent...

  • Great service & nice food

    We called in here for lunch on the last day of our holiday in Cornwall. About 2-3 miles away from Bude, it sits up on top of a hill overlooking the Southern End of Widemouth Bay. The bar and dining area of the hotel are really nicely decorated with nice views of the surrounding countryside from the rear and beautiful coastal views from the outdoor...


Bude Nightlife

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  • A Lively Evening On A Quiet Monday Night

    I'd dropped into The Carriers for a casual beer whilst having a suss of what Bude's pubs had to offer and that was as far as I got on my expedition. This is a characterful, rambling sort of a pub with a maze of little rooms, the main one of which was set-up for live music. The barmaid was welcoming, but alas about 30 years too young for me, the...

  • A Proper Public Bar

    This is where I stayed during my couple of nights visit and as a pub with rooms it turned out almost perfect. The accommodation was comfortable, even if slightly pricey, and the food served looked good and reasonably-priced, although, apart from breakfast, I didn't eat there.What I was particularly impressed by was that despite having a busy...

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Bude Transportation

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    Getting Around By Bus

    by johngayton Written Nov 22, 2015

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    Bude is the North Cornwall hub for the Stagecoach bus company's services in this neck of the woods. The main stop is on the Strand, just off the Triangle, in the town centre and buses run northwards to Hartland (and from there onto Bideford and Barnstaple), south (with stunning views over the Atlantic) to Boscastle, Tintagel, Camelford and Wadebridge (and then onwards to further Cornish destinations) and to the east, Exeter via Holsworthy or Launceston.

    Single ticket costs depend on the journey and there are a variety of day and seasonal options available, all of which can be bought from the drivers. Website below has details of routes and fares.

    #6 To Bude From Exeter #6A At The Strand #595 From Bude Stopping At Tintagel
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Bude Local Customs

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    Patience Is A Virtue

    by johngayton Written Dec 6, 2015

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    OK This is just an excuse to use the pic but it seems this guy is a regular morning visitor. He, or maybe she, stands on this rock in the River Neet every day until lunch arrives. Unfortunately my bus arrived before that happened and so I didn't get a chance to attempt an action shot.

    Photo taken from the riverside between the footbridge and the bus stop on The Strand.

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Bude General

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  • Bude Tourist Information Centre

    I didn't have cause to use the Tourist Information Centre here in Bude but it looks as if it does all the important bits required such as accommodation assistance, public transport information and advice on things to do and see not just in the town but in the surrounding area.There's loads of freebie leaflets, as well as a jazzy pictorial map of...

  • Finding Your Way Around

    Bude is a compact little town with everything within easy walking distance from pretty much everywhere else. Strategically-located signposts direct you to the main places of interest and there are street maps at the main car parks to get your bearings. The tourist office also provides a freebie pictorial map which most of the hotels and guesthouses...

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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