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About Bude

Bude may not be the prettiest of seaside towns, but the 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. There are a number of other choices, from busy surfing beaches like Widemouth Bay and Crooklets, to small 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 and they are worth taking a stroll along because these are the highest cliffs in Cornwall!

What not to miss:

  • Spend summer days darting between the sea and lido at Summerleaze beach.
  • Try your hand at surfing in the local coves.
  • Take long blustery walks along the sandstone cliffs.
  • Explore the impressive Bude Castle.

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!

For a contemporary stay

  • Tommy Jacks Beach Hotel is a modern, fashionable hotel with relaxed, surfer-inspired decor and 20 rooms suitable for families and groups of all sizes. There's a great restaurant serving local seafood, and some cool aquarium tanks full of un-local sea creatures. Rooms start from £70 per night.

For boutique chic

  • Though technically a B&B, the wonderful Victorian conversion, The Beach at Bude, makes it onto the list of Cornwall's best boutique hotels because while it doesn't have a restaurant, it does have a huge sun terrace, a library, a business centre and a laundry. Bude has plenty of excellent restaurants, so all the boutique standards are to hand. Each of The Beach at Bude's fifteen charming rooms has unique, yet always impressive, standards and five have private seaside terraces.

For an apartment or cottage

  • If you're travelling with family or a group of friends it may be a better option to book a villa or apartment. For a wide range of properties for all tastes and budgets we recommend you visit our online partner Booking.com.

Travel information

  • Fly to either Newquay Cornwall Airport (33 miles from Bude) or Exeter International airport (67 miles from Bude). The nearest train station is Barnstaple, around an hour's drive from Bude.
  • Bude is a year round destination with each season offering its own charm. However, for the best chance of sunshine travel in the summer months (June - August).
  • If you plan to hire a car, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.

Still not sure?

Best Hotels in Bude

  • Bangors Organic B&B 2 rooms from $150

    Bude (North Cornwall)

    Having won awards and countless fans, Bangors Organic B&B is a charming family-run establishment. Sustainable living is the name of the game here. With a superb organic restaurant, delightful rooms and within a short drive of the Cornish coast and stunning walking trails.

    Surfing  -  Cornwall is home to some of the finest surfing spots in the UK.
    Great walks  -  There are a network of nearby coastal walking trails.
    Sailing  -  The Cornish coast is a great place for sailing.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit nearby Tintagel Castle.
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  • Hebasca 23 rooms from $98

    Bude (North Cornwall)

    Stylish, modern hotel overlooking the Cornish town of Bude. Enjoy a cocktail overlooking the sea or feast on the offerings at Hebasca's grill restaurant. A good low-cost option.

    Fishing  -  Sea fishing trips can be organised at Bude harbour.
    Sailing  -  The coast around Bude is a great place for sailing.
    Surfing  -  The nearby coastline is a haven for surfers.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
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  • Trevigue 4 rooms from $169

    Bude (North Cornwall)

    An idyllic farmhouse packed full of history and charm, overlooking the coast in a glorious part of rural Cornwall. Chic, renovated rooms perfectly mix traditional and contemporary styles with neutral tones, exposed beams and wooden floors. A delightful respite after a day exploring the region.

    Country Escape  -  Expect roaring fires, boardgames, fabulous walking country and homemade food.
    Great walks  -  Hop on the scenic South West footpath and walk for miles.
    Fishing  -  Try your hand fly fishing at the Tavistok trout fishery.
    Restrictions on children  -  Children older than 7 are welcomed
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  • Tommy Jacks Beach Hotel 20 rooms from $109

    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.

    Surfing  -  Suitable beaches nearby.
    Quirky  -  Amazon basin, Mangrove and rockpool aquarium tanks.
    Great walks  -  Perfect for exploring the Cornish coast.
    Full of character
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  • The Beach at Bude 15 rooms from $163

    Bude (North Cornwall)

    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.

    Surfing  -  Surfing on the beach with plenty of room to store surfboards
    Views  -  Overlooks a beach on the Heritage Coast.
    Restrictions on children  -  No children under 12
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
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