Bude isn't the prettiest of seaside towns, but its coastline is stunning and it's close to a number of England's, arguably, best beaches. As you'd expect there's a wide range of accommodation here and some of the best places to stay in Bude are also great value. Plus Bude is known for being more friendly and relaxed than other local favourites, Padstow and Newquay.
Bude's closest beach, Summerleaze, stretches a long way at low tide, and has a fantastic 1930s seawater lido, but there are a number of other choices, from busy surfing beaches like Widemouth Bay and Crooklets, to small, but empty coves, which you'll find around Sandy Mouth and Duckpool beaches. Behind Summerleaze you'll also find the charming folly, Bude Castle, built by a local inventor.
Bude is the only part of Cornwall with sandstone cliffs, so it's worth taking a stroll along them - also because these are the highest cliffs in Cornwall!
As with all of Cornwall's holiday hotspots, the best places to stay in Bude get booked up way in advance during the summer months. So either get organised, or plan to visit during quieter periods, when you get that huge beach to yourself!
Still not sure? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Bude, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice. Or you can widen your search by checking out all our Cornwall recommendations.
Bude (North Cornwall)
One of Cornwall's newest hotels offers modern, fashionable rooms in a relaxed, surfer-inspired beach environment. Rooms available to suit couples and families. Hotel restaurant offers locally caught seafood and other hearty fare. Ideal for beach-loving people who fancy something a bit different.
Revamped B&B, now a boutique bolthole by the sea, overlooking the beach. Spacious airy rooms, a business centre and sun terrace keep all ages happy.