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If you find yourself looking for the perfect holiday getaway, you need not look farther than the town of Bude, in Cornwall, United Kingdom. This small canal town has been welcoming visitors and travelers since Victorian times, keeping with it its Victorian era charm. The wide sandy beaches and pleasant surf can keep even the most worldly in awe of nature’s beauty. A number of accommodations, festivals, and other local attractions prove this to be a wonderful and peaceful holiday destination. Situated mere miles from some of Cornwall’s most beautiful countryside, Bude is the perfect base for exploring both Cornwall and Devon, as both are a day’s ride throughout their entirety.

Surfing in Bude

Bude is located on the western edge of Cornwall, situated against one of the best surfing locations in the British Isles. Known as the area “where coast meets countryside”, Bude is a medium sized town mainly supported by fishing and tourism. Many of the people who holiday in Bude can’t help but fall in love with the seaside village. The village itself, due to its location, has its own ecosystem and weather pattern; due to the high sunshine, close proximity to the ocean, and low rainfall, the weather in Bude rarely corresponds to that of the surrounding localities, no matter their proximity.

surfing budeThe town of Bude is a primary surfing location, and has been for an age. Featuring the best swells in the Isles, any water lover will find the clear blue water a heart’s delight. There is also a tide-washed, open-air pool in the beach, beckoning all ages to splash in the sweet ocean water. As with all beaches and seaside attractions, care should be taken during low tide. There’s no need to worry about the beaches themselves, though; Bude’s beaches are constantly praised for their cleanliness and for their strict lifeguard schedules. For the hiker and outdoor enthusiast, there are a number of hiking trails and paths waiting to be appreciated. Bude has become quick the sports hotspot in recent years, and canoeing, kayaking, and abseiling down the local cliffs are the newest sports to enthrall visitors. The Sustrans Cycle route also runs through the area, so don’t forget your biking gear.

About Bude

Bude is situated around a sea lock that was built in the early 19th century, and the canal that runs through the town adds to any outdoor trek you find yourself taking. The lock was repaired in 2000, helping to perpetuate its rich history. The canal was originally built to bring the nutrient-rich sand of the beach inland to the poor quality soil. The canal’s caretaker, the Bude Harbor and Canal Company, was formed in 1819, and continues to keep the waters in the canal clean and the paths around the canal safe.

Accommodation in Bude

Whether you consider yourself the occasional tourist or an extended-stay aficionado, Bude offers hotels, guest houses, bed and breakfasts, self catering cottages and farmhouses for those looking for a more homely touch. For the more adventurous, there are a number of caravan and camping sites, as well as locations for backpackers to rest. There are also self-catering positions for those with small or large groups, and even for the solo traveler. The sheer number of available accommodations makes it obvious how kindhearted the residents of Bude are, and you’re sure to receive a warm and true Cornish welcome the second you enter their town.

budeThere are many things for history enthusiasts to occupy themselves with, as well. The rich and vibrant history of Bude is obvious throughout the town, but it is no more clearly seen than at the Bude Museum. Seated at the edge of the canal, this huge white mansion seems reminiscent of a castle from a fairy tale. The museum hosts a wealth of photographs and mementos from some of Bude’s oldest wrecks, as well as the complete history of the village and the surrounding area. The historic Battle of Stratton also took place in the vicinity, giving both novice and avid historians a detailed view of the strife-filled past of the area, though leaving them with the knowledge that the beautiful countryside is now no longer touched by wars.

The number of local attractions for the visitor and native are astounding. There are many, many animal and theme parks available, children’s play areas, castles such as Tintagel Castle, and the Gnome Reserve. There are also a number of gardens and nurseries for the lonely green thumb, as well as ocean and lake fishing. Of course, there are several surfing schools, as well as a number of riding stables and golf courses. The number of museums, heritage centers, military collections, and local quaint villages are sure to entrance and thrill all who visit. For those who’ve had their fill of Bude’s numerous activities, there are also massage and beauty parlors, to help you relax and unwind before taking in more of Bude’s expansive and exciting treats.

Not to be underestimated is the location of Bude as the site for your picture-perfect wedding. There are many different accommodations and services available for the prospective bride and groom. If you’re looking to make the best day of your life completely unforgettable in every sense, keep Bude in mind as your romantic holiday retreat.

It’s obvious that Bude is much more than a small and forgettable town. This quaint village has been untouched by time’s passage, and the wild, untamed lands around it speak directly to Cornwall’s rich history. Whether there on business or pleasure, no tourist can resist the quaint and picturesque village’s pull for long. From the gorgeous beaches and rocky cliffs, to the numerous attractions and extraordinary accommodations, Bude is the place to go whenever you’re looking for a holiday from the world and its troubles. Bude remains untouched and unscathed from the world we live in, and the traffic, worries, and lung-clogging smoke of modern times gives way to cobblestone streets, carefree experiences, and fresh air tinted with salty sea spray. It’s a visit you will always remember – Bude.


At Bude youre spoilt for choice, when it comes to accommodation. There are hotels, Bed & Breakfast Homes, Self-catering cottages and caravans.

Bude Hotels

The Turret Hotel, The Camelot Hotel, Elements, Penarvor Hotel, Bude Haven Hotel, Atlantic House Hotel, Beach House Hotel, Falcon Hotel and Bay View Inn, are the among the best hotels at Bude.

Bude Bed & Breakfast

Blagdon Wharf Cottage, Claw Cottage, Dylans Guest House, Eastmond House, Fairway Cottage, Serenity Bed & Breakfast, Penleaze Farmhouse and Court Farm, offer you a warm and comfy stay in Bude.

Bude Self Catering Cottages

You can stay at one of the clean and comfortable self-catering cottages and apartments in Bude.
Woolstone Manor, West Wooley Farm, Penfound Lodge, The Old Laundry, Jessamine, Crooklets House, Crooklets View, Chyvarton , Captains Cottage and Brambles and Treqea Cottages will gladly welcome you.

Bude Camping

You can rent caravans from Wooda Carvan Park, Widemouth Bay Caravan and Hentervene Caravans.

Bude Restaurants

Trevigue Restaurant, Bangors House Organic, Strattons Garden retuarant, Elements Surf Restaurant, Lifes A Beach, The Bush Inn, India Gardens, The Coffee Pot and Silver Kettle are few of the many restaurants which will serve you scrumptious food and a mug of beer in Bude.

Beautiful Bude
Bude has it all. Excitement, tranquillity, the olde, the nouveau, the surf, the sand-castles...
Whatever it is that appeals to you...one thing is for sure... Bude will keep you going back for more!

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An extremely popular seaside resort in Cornwall, Bude has managed to retain its charm and unspoilt beauty. With many good restaurants and bars in town, Bude is a great destination for a weekend or even a longer holiday. The unique Sea Lock Canal in Bude is one of the major attractions of the area. Bude also boasts of a number of excellent beaches, which are good for bathing as well as surfing. With a beautiful heritage coastline and good museums, Bude also has a thriving cultural scene. This town in Cornwall hosts countless events like theatre, concerts, dance shows etc. A major attraction is the Cornish Furry dance, which is held every week, and an eight day jazz festival.