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Things to do in Bude

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Boasting an endless variety of action and adventure, you are certain to find plenty of great things to do in Bude. 

Bude is a much-loved seaside resort that includes some of Cornwall’s finest restaurants, where you can sample the finest and freshest local produce available. From lazing around on the beach to picturesque walking trails around Cornish landscapes, Bude holidays will always be memorable when using our things to do in our Bude Travel Guide.

Beaches in Bude

Things to do near Bude include spending a day at the stunning Bude beaches, paddling in the shallows or building sandcastles. Summerleaze Beach and Crooklets Beach both enjoy close proximity to Bude accommodation, promising an ideal day out in Cornwall. If you’re looking for a rugged experience, visit Northcott Mouth Beach with your furry friend, making sure to research low tide times.

Attractions in Bude

Discover a plethora of classic Cornish attractions in the heart of Bude such as the historic Bude Tunnel which is perfect for a rainy day activity. Bude Castle Heritage Centre is a Victorian castellated mansion that rests in between the Bude Canal and River Neet, whilst the South West Coast Path lies along the coastline.

Activities in Bude

There are lots of things to do near Bude during your next holiday; including a visit to Lundy Island to explore the rugged landscape, while discovering its 4,000 years of compelling history and varied wildlife. Travelling to Lundy Island via the Lundy Island ferry is a scenic experience in itself. Bude Sea Pool is a semi-natural sea pool where people can swim safely, looking out to Summerleaze Beach, this is an ideal activity for watersport enthusiasts.

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  • Glowing Glass Art

    Atlantic Glass Studio

    The Old Forge
    Lower Wharf
    Bude
    Cornwall
    EX23 8LG

    07956 770609

    Inspired by the rugged and beautiful landscape around them, artists here craft art and jewellery using a range of fascinating techniques that can be viewed by visitors.  

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  • Glass blowing

    Beau Nidol

    Lower Wharf Centre/The Wharf
    Bude
    Cornwall
    EX23 8LG

    01288 353388

    A glass workshop and shop nestled in Bude offering visitors the chance to have fun and create something totally unique.

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  • Black Rock, Widemouth Sand
    Image Credits:Pierre Terre(CC BY-SA 2.0)

    Black Rock Beach

    S W Coast Path
    Widemouth Bay
    Bude
    Cornwall
    EX23 0DF

    Visit the wild and rocky end of Widemouth Bay where you’ll find wildlife to be discovered among the rock pools and surfing thrills aplenty.  

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  • Farmers Market

    Bude Artisan Market

    Bude Artisan Market
    Leven Cottages
    Bude
    Cornwall
    EX23 8LA

    Head to this weekly hub where you can meet local and independent suppliers and sample everything from cream teas to honey and cakes.

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  • Bude Canal Lower Wharf and Harbour

    Bude Canal Lower Wharf and Harbour

    Bude Canal Lower Wharf and Harbour
    Bude
    Cornwall
    EX23 8LG

    Take a leisurely stroll around this bustling area of Bude where you’ll find activities, artisan shops and plenty of eateries.

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  • Bude Leisure Centre, Bude

    Bude Leisure Centre

    Stucley Road
    Bude
    Cornwall
    EX23 8AR

    01288 356 191

    A 25-metre pool with a flume and wave machine makes Bude Leisure Centre a popular spot for visiting families.

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  • Bude Sea Pool

    EX23 8HN

    A semi-natural sea pool that was built to intend a safe environment for swimmers, and overlooks the beautiful Summerleaze Beach.

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  • Bude Holidays

    Bude Tunnel

    7 Erdiston Ct
    Bude
    Cornwall
    EX23 8HE

    07443 524987

    This unlikely viral sensation has become a top attraction in Bude with an impressive Christmas light display.

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  • Church of St Swithin

    Church of St Swithin

    Church of St Swithin
    Launcells
    Bude
    Cornwall
    EX23 9NQ

    01288 341600

    Dating back 1,000 years and nestled in a wooded hollow just minutes from Bude, this ancient church is a must-see for history lovers.  

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  • Compass_Point,_Bude

    Compass Point

    Compass Point
    Bude
    Cornwall
    EX23 8SE

    Walk from Bude town to this Victorian storm tower made from Cornish granite and take in coastal views along the way.  

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  • Crooklets Beach

    Crooklets Beach

    Dog Friendly

    Parking Available

    Wheelchair Accessible

    With pretty rock pools bordering the coastline and beach huts available to hire, Crooklets Beach is the ideal setting to admire one of Bude’s most popular surfing destinations.

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  • Duckpool, National Trust

    Duckpool

    Duckpool
    Bude
    EX23 9HW

    01208 863046

    An isolated stretch of coastline that is significant historically and features cliffs on each side, an abundance of rock pools, and wildflowers depending on the time of year.

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  • Duckpool Bay Cliffs and Viewpoint

    Duckpool Bay Cliffs and Viewpoint

    S W Coast Path
    Bude
    EX23 9JJ

    A short yet challenging walk that promises the reward of unbeatable views of this rugged stretch of shoreland.

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  • GCHQ Bude

    GCHQ Bude

    Morwenstow
    Bude
    EX23 9JL

    01242 221491

    Head to data collection centre of GCHQ’s operations on this former World War II airfield.

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  • Geoclastica Bude

    Geoclastica

    Bude Tourist Information Centre
    The Crescent
    Bude
    EX23 8LE

    01288 354240

    Join a consultant geologist on an eye-opening walk through the dramatic and geologically important cliffs of Bude.

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  • coastal cliff trail

    Maer Cliff

    Maer
    Bude
    Cornwall
    EX23 9EE

    A gentle walk across coastal cliffs provides visitors with panoramic sea views, areas of geological interest and the chance to spot migratory birds.

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  • Millook Haven Beach
    Image Credits: Edmund Shaw - CC BY-SA 2.0

    Millook Haven Beach

    Bude
    Cornwall
    EX23 0DF

    Watersports enthusiasts will love this well-known surfing spot located just four miles from Bude.

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  • morwenstow parish church
    Image Credits: Robert Cutts - CC BY 2.0

    Morwenstow Parish Church

    Unnamed Road
    9SR
    Cornwall
    Bude

    01288 331404

    Visit this charming church dedicated to the local saint Morwenna with a history dating back to Norman times.

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  • northcott mouth beach

    Northcott Mouth Beach

    Dog Friendly

    Parking Available

    A glorious stretch of sands also home to part of the striking Bude Formation – a series of stunning rocky peaks peppered along the North Cornwall coast.

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  • woman throwing pottery

    Parsons Pottery

    Unit 1
    The Stables
    Quinceborough Farm
    Bude
    Cornwall
    EX23 0NA

    07967044298

    Learn how to join clay, throw pottery and paint pieces alone or as a family at this charming farmland pottery.

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  • Pottery Box, Bude

    Pottery Box

    FoxHole
    Whitstone
    Holsworthy
    Cornwall
    EX22 6LD

    07771199401

    A pottery studio, metal workshop and animal sanctuary offering fun and creative days out for the whole family.

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  • Rebel Cinema Feature

    Rebel Cinema

    Treskinnick Cross
    Bude
    Cornwall
    EX23 0DT

    01288361442

    A traditional style independent cinema showing the latest film releases in Bude.

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  • Reubyn Ash Surf School, Widemouth Bay Feature

    Reubyn Ash Surf School, Widemouth Bay

    Carpark
    Marine Dr
    Widemouth Bay
    Bude
    Cornwall
    EX23 0AH

    07549527500

    Surf school based at Widemouth Bay offering experienced and beginner surf lessons with an experienced, qualified coach.

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  • Sandymouth Bay, Bude

    Sandymouth Beach

    Sandymouth
    Stibb
    Bude
    Cornwall
    EX23 9HW

    01208863046

    A dramatic stretch of pebble and sand lying between Bude and Morwenstow and backed by sheer cliffs and costal grasslands.

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  • summerlaze beach, cornwall

    Summerleaze Beach

    Dog Friendly

    Wheelchair Accessible

    This popular beach, surrounded by colourful huts, contains a large stretch of golden sand and is perfect for outdoor adventures and watersports.

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  • Tamar Lakes Country Park, Bude

    Tamar Lakes Country Park

    Upper Tamar Lake
    Bude
    EX23 9SB

    01288 321712

    Tamar Lakes Country Park is situated near Bude and is home to a wealth of activities. Come here for stunning views, birdwatching, watersports, fishing and cycling.

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  • The Castle Bude
    Image Credits: Nilfanion - CC BY-SA 3.0

    The Castle Bude

    The Wharf
    Bude
    Cornwall
    EX23 8LG

    01288357300

    The Castle Bude came to be in 1830, when it was built by Sir Goldsworthy Gurney. Nowadays, this Cornish landmark is a must-see for any visitor or local, with its exhibitions, grounds and café waiting to be explored.

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  • widemouth bay

    Widemouth Bay Beach

    Widemouth Bay
    Near Bude
    Cornwall
    EX23 0AH

    If you’re visiting North Cornwall with your family, be sure to add Widemouth Bay to your things-to-do list! The long and open bay has been popular with families and surfers for years, and it is easy to see why!

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  • widemouth bay

    Widemouth Bay to Pentire Point

    Widemouth Bay
    Bude
    Cornwall

    Enjoy the breath-taking ANOB from Widemouth Bay to Pentire Point, where a collection of beaches, bays and coves await, as well as the highest cliffs in Cornwall.

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