Bude, situated on the Atlantic Heritage Coast in North West Cornwall, has been a popular destination for holidaymakers since the Victorian times. While the history of the town is certainly one of the things that makes this quintessentially Cornish seaside location so attractive, it's the breathtaking scenery and stunning coastal views that keep our holiday cottage guests coming back to Bude year after year.
The town itself enjoys two wide, sandy, family-friendly beaches, Crooklets and Summerleaze, the second of which features a sheltered sea pool ideal for little ones to have a safe salt water dip unaffected by the tides. There are also several other excellent beaches within in a short drive of Bude, including Widemouth Bay, a well-known surf beach that also offers a variety of other water sports for those looking for an active holiday. The majority of local beaches in Bude are dog friendly, which is ideal for those who couldn't imagine a holiday away without the family's best friend!
The magnificent South West Coast Path is easily accessible from Bude, providing far-reaching views of the beautiful, rugged coastline, and some of North Cornwall’s best walks. Whilst Bude town centre boasts a fantastic selection of places to dine out. From locally sourced seafood, Asian Cuisine, trendy diners and traditional pub food, Bude's extensive culinary scene can cater for all tastes.
Local day trips from Bude include the chance to delve into the mysteries of Cornwall with a visit to Tintagel Castle, the legendary home of King Arthur and Merlin. Alternatively take a short scenic drive along the coast to picturesque Port Isaac to indulge in hearty seafood dishes then listen to traditional sea shanties from the Fisherman's Friends on the Platt.
Our holiday cottages near Bude can cater for either small or large groups, and provide the perfect base to explore the town’s beaches, sample the local sea food and enjoy Cornwall's slower pace of life.
A huge indoor swimming pool in Bude, stretching 33m long and 5 lanes wide, offering plenty of space for fitness training and leisure swimming alike. The pool offers two distinct sessions - flat water sessions for the serious swimmers wishing to do lane swimming and sessions with waves and the flume open for families after some splashy entertainments. Check timetable to ensure you are coming along for the right session for you. Opening hours: Mon to Fri 07:00 - 21:00, Sat 07:45 - 17:00, Sun 09:00 - 17:00, Bank Holidays 10:00 - 14:00.
Explore the breathtaking Cornish countryside whilst discovering the thrill of riding a Segway! You can ride a Segway with no prior experience at all, and whilst there is no minimum age, riders must be able to comfortably reach the handlebars (around 4ft) and weigh at least 5 stone to allow the Segway to work efficiently. Segwaying is a fun activity for all of the family, young and old, as well as couples and friends. If you're looking for something different to do and a little adventure in the Cornish countryside, then book a Segway session!
Offering an action-packed programme of activities under the safe supervision of the highly experienced Sam Roberts, and his team. Whether you'd like to learn surfing or body boarding at Widemouth Bay, or experience Canadian Canoeing or the entertaining Jungle Run in the Bude canal - there is something for everyone, of all ages and abilities. Qualified coaches. All equipment provided. No experience necessary. Open 1 March through to 30 December. Booking required.
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A magic experience to enjoy while you’re on holiday in Cornwall, the Museum of Witchcraft is in the village of Boscastle and was the creation of Cecil Williams whose fascination with the subject started in childhood. He set up the Cornish museum in 1960, saying it was three miles from a prehistoric maze stone carved into a living rock face, ‘proof that from ancient times man and his magic making with the world of spirit were active in this area’. Today you can visit to explore the collections or enjoy seasonal events such as candlelit evenings and Halloween at the museum.
With its beautiful gardens and grounds, Hartland Abbey welcomes visitors from March to October. The home of the Stucley family, it’s filled with treasures and memorabilia collected over many generations. Wander through the beautiful 18th century walled and woodland gardens, potter through the parkland and enjoy the valley leading down to the rugged Atlantic cove and cottage at Blackpool Mill.
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Cornwall and Italy combine at this smart canalside coffee house and bistro. Enjoy an alfresco coffee and watch the world go by or stay a little longer and enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner in the spacious restaurant and conservatory.
Olive Tree The Wharf, Bude EX23 8LG (T: 01288 359577)
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Excellent menu, food delicious and good size portions. Lovely garden area.
A modern surf style diner serving a good range of snacks and tasty main meals using fresh local ingredients. Try one of their famous milkshakes or watch one of the latest surf movies after a hard day on the beach. Family and dog friendly.
Atlantic Diner 7 Belle Vue, Bude EX23 8JL (T: 01288 354167)
A contemporary tapas and cocktail bar with plenty of seating and a great atmosphere serving delicious home cooked tapas brimming with local fish and seafood. Wash down your meal with a range of cocktails, local ales and lagers.
The Bank at Bude Pethericks Mill, Bude EX23 8TF (T: 01288 352070)
A long established favourite in the town, Café Bellinis has been providing quality pizzas, pasta, snacks, cakes and coffees in Bude for almost 20 years. Local produce blends with Italian imports to create a delicious menu along with daily specials, all in a relaxed atmosphere.
Cafe Bellinis 24 Queen St, Bude EX23 8BB (T: 01288 359550)
Less the five minutes on foot from the centre of Bude, Summerleaze Beach is an easy beach to get to and enjoy for the whole day. There’s a river flanking the sandy beach and it’s sheltered by a breakwater, making it popular with families and surfers. You can book beach huts daily or weekly, and adding to its charm is a part man-made/part natural salt water sea pool to swim in at the foot of the cliff, that’s been welcoming swimmers since it opened in 1930. There’s lifeguard cover in the summer months, dogs need to be kept on leads from May to September, and there are toilets and disabled toilets close by as well as an RNLI shop, sandy play area, a beach café, and a large car park that leads directly to the sand dunes.
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Busy car park but the sandy beach is worth it. Cliff top walks and a tidal pool made this a perfect spot on a sunny day.
Crooklets Beach, near Bude, offers golden sands and rock pools to explore. There is a cafe right on the sea front and access from teh car park is level. There are public toilets and an outdoor shower for sandy toes. Car parking is available at Crooklets Road car park EX23 8LG.
A spectacular National Trust beach on the dramatic stretch of coast between Bude and Morwenstow. With an impressive backdrop of sheer cliffs dating back millions of years and sand exposed as the tide recedes, Sandymouth is popular amongst surfers and families alike. There is a large car park at the top of the cliff and then the walk down to the beach is via a steep path with steps making Sandymouth unsuitable for those who are less mobile. Once on the beach you’ll find a seasonal café, toilets and surf hire along with lifeguard cover during peak months.
Three miles south of Bude, Widemouth Bay Beach is a long, open bay that’s popular with families and surfers, while at low tide there are hundreds of rock pools to explore. It’s a wonderful place to learn to surf or body board thanks to fantastic conditions and lots of local surf schools in the surrounding area. There’s free parking at both ends of the bay as well as viewing points. Dogs are welcome throughout the year on the south section of the beach, otherwise known as Black Rock, but on the northern part there are seasonal dog bans. It has a wild feel to it, which adds to its appeal, and there is lifeguard cover in the summer, but nonetheless do be careful when swimming.
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Lovely clean beach. Dogs enjoyed it!
Lovely clean beach.
The wild Blackrock Beach is found on the south side of Widemouth Bay but becomes isolated at high tide. The point and reef breaks here make is a well known spot for surfers, and the rock pools exposed at low tide draw families and nature lovers of all ages to this lovely spot. The cool little café here serves a tasty brunch or lunch including some great seafood.