Bude Canal Lower Wharf and Harbour

Historically, Bude’s Lower Wharf was constructed to allow sailing vessels into the Lower Basin. Back in 1923 the area was a hive of activity as people went about their daily business from the surrounding warehouses that supported the workings of the Bude Canal. Today, the use of the buildings may have changed, but the Lower Wharf area is still a buzz with people who now enjoy the delicious food both on and off the water from the many cafes and restaurants. Designer makers demonstrate their craft skills and sell beautiful handmade gifts or if you’re feeling energetic you can hire a rowing boat or pedalo and take to the water.

Bude Postcard Competition

Do you have a great image of Bude?  Would you like to see your work turned into a commercial postcard? Each year, we sell around 10,000 postcards at the Bude Tourist Information Centre.  This year, to revamp the selection, we're inviting YOU to provide us with images to use.  Postcards are really popular, and they help us to promote Bude to the people they are sent to!

Help Bude’s ‘forgotten genius’ win a heritage award

The Gurney Stove – invented in the 1800s by Sir Goldsworthy Gurney (who also built the Castle, Bude) – has been shortlisted in the Cornwall Heritage Awards. If you have ever visited The Castle, you will have been sure to have seen the Gurney Stove for yourself, it is positioned near The Castle’s entrance to welcome visitors inside. The Gurney Stove was an early type of radiator, and was one of Sir Goldsworthy’s most successful inventions. In fact, it is likely that Gurney’s design was the forerunner of the modern radiator - so we may have him to thank for keeping warm this winter!

We Are Bude: In Cornwall but Near Devon #InCornwall #NearDevon

We're proud of our location - a true Cornish town with the bonus of being near Devon! After Bude has once again been named Best UK Seaside Town in the British Travel Awards (that's three GOLD, a SILVER and a BRONZE awards over the past years), we decided to run a promotion to emphasise this very point. We received so many enquiries from people asking if your illustration was available to buy - so we've have some professionally printed onto 350gsm silk board!


Explore Bude with the Bude Friends of the Earth Biodiversity Trail. The first parts of the trail were planted in 2015 to show how different planting schemes could help wildlife whilst needing less maintenance than traditional planting.

Bude – Best UK Coastal Town

Praised for its fantastic activities, beautiful beaches and brilliant hospitality, we are thrilled that Bude has once again scooped the coveted Gold award at this year’s British Travel Awards as the Best UK Coastal Town.  It marks great progress over recent years, during which the resort has blossomed in so many areas. 

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