Top 11 Things To Do In Beach Haven: Bude, UK - Updated 2021

best things to do in bude uk

Bude is a cute seaside resort that offers gorgeous hiking trails, scenic beaches, and delicious food to keep you going. There are big adventures everywhere here and nature lovers will thoroughly enjoy their getaway in this British paradise. Here are our top things to do in Bude, England.

1. Take a dip in the stunning Bude Sea Pool

Bude Sea Pool 2014
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Get the experience of the sea without having to fight against any waves. This pool within the ocean was built to be a safe swimming area and a perfect spot for tranquility. Although it is man-made, it is very natural due to the fact it is filled by sea water during high tide. The area is free to use and adored by many travelers that stop by.

Bude Sea Pool

Address: Bude Sea pool, United Kingdom

Website: Bude Sea Pool

2. Go Beach Hopping

Widemouth Bay from the south
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The main attraction of Bude is the seaside! Don’t miss out on going beach hopping at the lovely sandy beaches in the area. Popular beaches include Widemouth, Summerleaze, and Crooklets. The clean beach spots are great for those who want to relax and sunbathe or cool down in the waves.

Widemouth Beach

Address: Bude EX23 0AW, England

Website: Widemouth Beach

3. Check out Castle Bude

Bude Castle
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Once the house of Sir Goldsworthy Gurney, the inventor of the Steam Carriage, Bude Castle is now a historical landmark and museum. Exhibits include various artwork and historical artifacts of the area. Don’t miss out on the small café inside that has visitors raving about the delicious treats to try.

Castle Bude

Address: The Wharf, Bude EX23 8LG, UK

Website: Castle Bude

4. Try out archery at Red Elk Archery

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Bring out your inner Robin Hood and learn how to become an archer in a beautiful surrounding. Red Elk Archery is a great way to spend a couple hours and try something new! True adventure awaits at this facility with hosts that customers love.

Red Elk Archery

Address: Iveyleaf Hill, Bude EX23 9LD, England

Website: Red Elk Archery

5. Visit the Storm Tower

Storm Tower, Bude
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This site is a great place for picture opportunities and has an amazing view. The tower was once used a safe point for the coast guard. Some say the octagonal tower was inspired by the Temple of the Winds in Athens. The Storm Tower sits at the top of a cliff overlooking the sea.

Storm Tower

Address: Compass Point, Bude, England, EX23 8LN, United Kingdom

Website: Storm Tower

6. Get some fish and chips at Scrummies

cornish trio, john dory, sea bass and cod

Posted by Scrummies on Thursday, 21 May 2015

With the owner being a local fisherman, this place delivers fresh fish every day. Named one of the best chip shops in Bude, this café attracts tourists from all over. The quaint restaurant has a lot of menu options besides fish n’ chips, such as lobster or crab sandwiches. But one of the best choices on the menu is that delicious, perfectly golden and crispy fish n’ chips.


Address: 2 Lansdown Rd, Bude EX23 8BH, UK

Facebook: Scrummies

7. Try some of Bude's famous Pengenna Pasties

Posted by Louisa Smith on Sunday, 15 November 2015

Another local delicacy, Pengenna Pasties is a delicious place to stop on your trip in Bude. A “pasty” is a medieval French word for pie. The pasties are filled with loads of options such as meat, cheese, seafood, or vegetables. Check the place out for one of the most authentic and traditional pasties in the area.

Pengenna Pasties

Address: Unit 3 Arundell House Belle Vue, Bude EX23 8JL, United Kingdom

Website: Pengenna Pasties

8. Go on a geo walk with Geoclastica

This informative nature walk will have you seeing Bude in a whole new way. Learn about the geological formations of this beautiful city while taking in incredible scenery along the way. This educational tour is perfect for those interested in rock formations, fossils, and the history of the land in a geological view point.

Geo Walk

Address: Bude, Cornwall, UK +44 7880 515748

Website: Geoclastica

9. Check out Hawkers hut

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Visit the site of the famous poet, Robert Stephen Hawker, where he would spend several hours writing. The historic hut is peculiar but has gorgeous views.

Hawker Hut

Address: Morwenstow, Bude EX23 9JG, UK

10. Go Canoeing with Bude Canoeing Experience

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Posted by The Bude Canoe Experience on Friday, 12 May 2017

Stray away from the beaches and head down some cool canals, lakes, and rivers with this canoe trip. Bude Canoeing Experience offers four different tours to choose from. The River Torridge experience will give you quite the adventure with lots of nature to see. The Bude Canal is a great way to paddle around Bude and is one of the most popular tours to go on. Then there is the Roadford and the Upper Tamar Lakes, which each give great views of the county.

Bude Canoeing Experience

Address: Staddon Rd, Holsworthy EX22 6NH, UK

Website: Bude Canoe Experience

11. Go on the Bude Treasure Trail

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The Bude Treasure Trail is a quirky murder mystery themed adventure that is perfect for children and also adults! The trail takes about an hour and a half to complete. It also gives the opportunity to win real treasure with a monthly drawing. You will go around the trail with clues to try to solve the murder mystery, while also getting to see the whole area of Bude.

Bude Treasure Trail

Address: Tourist Information Centre, Bude

Website: Treasure Trail

Perfect for surfers!

If you want to catch some serious Atlantic waves, Bude is a great place to surf. Safety is also a big priority of the town, as it was the site of the first Lifesaving Club in Great Britain.

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