Bude Holiday Guide for 2024

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In North Cornwall Bude is a very popular seaside town, winning many tourist awards over the years. Bude sits on the mouth of the river Neet. Bude’s coast faces Bude Bay in the Celtic Sea. Some times referred to as Bude Haven  there are many beaches to explore all along the coastline here and a large selection of accommodation to choose from.

Bude Town History

Bude’s history is deeply intertwined with the sea. Originally a harbor town, it became significant for its role in the export of sand, which was used as a fertilizer. The Bude Canal, built in the early 19th century, was instrumental in this trade. Over time, as transportation methods evolved, Bude transitioned from a trading port to a popular seaside resort, especially during the Victorian era. The town’s rich maritime history is evident in its architecture, landmarks, and the stories passed down through generations.

Accommodation in Bude

Bude offers a range of accommodations to suit every traveler’s needs. From luxury hotels overlooking the sea to quaint bed and breakfasts nestled in the town, there’s something for everyone. For those who prefer self-catering, there are numerous holiday cottages and apartments available. Campers and caravanners will also find several well-equipped sites around the town.

Thatchings Cottage

This gorgeous 3 bedroom cottage is a real Cornish dream. Thatchings near Bude has 3…

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The Cwtch Cottage, East Thorne

A beautiful cottage in a peaceful setting, with shared gardens and a communal campfire

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Nobbys Cottage, East Thorne

A contemporary cottage on a tranquil resort, just a short drive from Budes sandy beaches

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Cranny Cottage, East Thorne

A homely cottage in the Cornwall countryside, complete with a wood burning stove

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Nook Cottage, East Thorne

A family-friendly cottage on a peaceful resort in beautiful Bude

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The Ocean Room Roundhouse, East Thorne

A family friendly retreat with hot tub and on site facilities

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The Ember Room Roundhouse, East Thorne

Pet friendly luxury in a quiet Cornish glamping resort

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The Boat House Roundhouse, East Thorne

A hot tub break for the family on a peaceful Cornish resort

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Fern Leaf Roundhouse, East Thorne

A luxury glamping retreat for the family with a wood-fired hot tub

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When to Visit Bude

While Bude is beautiful year-round, the best time to visit is during the late spring to early autumn months when the weather is milder and the days are longer. This is also when most of the town’s festivals and events take place. However, those looking for a quieter experience might prefer the off-peak seasons.

Eat and Drink in Bude

Bude’s culinary scene is a delightful mix of traditional Cornish fare and modern cuisine. Seafood lovers will be in heaven with fresh catches featured in many local restaurants. There are numerous cafes and tearooms where you can enjoy a classic Cornish pasty or cream tea. For evening drinks, the town’s pubs and bars offer a range of local ales and ciders.

How to Get to Bude

Bude is somewhat off the main transport routes, which adds to its charm. The nearest train stations are Exeter or Bodmin, from where you can take a bus or drive to Bude. By road, Bude is accessible via the A39, also known as the Atlantic Highway. If you’re flying, the closest airports are Newquay or Exeter, both of which are a drive away.