The Davidstow Airfield and Cornwall at War Museum (usually known by the shorter title Cornwall at War Museum) is located on part of the old WW2 airfield RAF Davidstow Moor. Not your 'standard issue' military museum. Planes, military vehicles, guns, uniforms, medals and so much more!
Come and explore War Horse Valley – its farming history, its people and its Wartime stories and of course the place where the story of Joey and Albert was born. Fantastic WW1 exhibition and replica trench, with an audio-visual presentation by award-winning children’s writer Michael Morpurgo. Loads for the children to do: tractor trailer rides, vintage farm machinery, watching the milking, feeding calves, meeting Joey the horse and lots of different farm animals. There’s an indoor kart track and picturesque farm trail and tearoom.
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.
Prideaux Place is one of the very brightest jewels in Cornwall's crown; just 40 minutes from Bude it is one of the West Country's oldest houses remaining in habitable condition.
See the lovingly restored Victorian locamotives and travel the enchanting narrow gauge railway to Newmills and its popular Farm Park. Enjoy a tasty lunch or treat in our Café, browse the Museum, take home a souvenir of your visit from our well-stocked Gift & Book Shop, and explore the historic Cornish town of Launceston. Tickets valid all day!
Each of the 12,000 collection items has its own story to tell. Stories about the battles that have been fought, weapons that were used or personal letters that were written on the battlefield. This former headquarters of the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry houses more than three hundred years of military history, a library and conference and exposition rooms.Our Gift Shop sells a varied range of books, gifts, cards and souvenirs which chime with the museum’s themes. As well as our fantastic range of gift items, visitors can also purchase ice creams, fudge and bottled water. The Gift Shop is situated inside The Keep, at the entrance to the museum. Visitors to the shop are welcome to browse the shop without visiting the museum. All profits from the shop are used to support the charitable purposes of the museum.
Journey back in time at the Bodmin and Wenford Railway and experience the glorious era of steam travel on Cornwall's only full size railway still operated by steam locomotives. Passenger train services operate between February and December and run daily through the summer with many themed journeys and special events. Bodmin General has car parking facilities for our passengers. This FREE car park is sited directly adjacent to the station and available for the exclusive use of our own visitors and staff. Steamers Cafe at Bodmin General Station is open on all train operating days – serving a good variety of hot and cold drinks, Cornish Pasties, sausage rolls, freshly cut sandwiches, cakes, snacks and sweets. There is seating available inside and outside the cafe for customers. Along the platform, towards the signalbox, you will find a small Picnic Area, should you choose to bring your own food and drink with you during your visit. At Bodmin Parkway Station, the old Signalbox on the Down platform has been converted to a Café, which is operated by the Bodmin & Wenford Railway, providing a valuable service to main line travellers, but also to walkers and our own passengers. The Signalbox Cafe serves a range of hot and cold food, snacks and non-alcoholic drinks. A warm welcome is guaranteed……and the home made cakes have to be tasted to be believed!
A Treasure Trail is an imaginative way to explore Bude and the surrounding towns, moor and villages in North Cornwall and North Devon with a self-guided themed walk.
Enjoy a beautiful walk through the archeaology sites to the Battlefield, riverside woodland and King Arthur's Stone. Also see the 18th Century Lady Falmouth's Garden, now undergoing restoration.
Bringing you right up to date, you will learn all there is to know about Bude, including the history of the Bude Surf Life Saving Club, Bude's natural seapool, the sea Lockgates, the Breakwater and Pepperpot. If you are lucky, you might get to meet other characterful locals along the way such as the harbourmaster, the lifeguard, coast guard or the countryside ranger.