Ilfracombe Aquarium is an award-winning, all-weather, educational, family attraction located in the Old Lifeboat House alongside Ilfracombe's picturesque and historic harbour. The town is found on the dramatic North Devon coast 20 minutes drive from Barnstaple, just over an hours drive from Bude, set amongst the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
One of the most pleasant and active ways to take in the sights of Bude is on two wheels. With roads and trails that are generally quiet and accessible, you’ll find us a great place for cycling breaks in Cornwall. There are some challenging places to conquer, but also pleasant, level routes such as the Bude Canal towpath and nature reserve.
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.
With so many spectacular walks in the Bude area, it can be tough deciding what to do. Harry McConville B.A.(Mod.) Nat.Sci. who is a local artist, historian and naturalist will pick the very best route for the season and sights, which could include the SWCP, canal, nature reserve or battle site. Children will love the pond dipping and rockpool ramble sessions.
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.
Broomhill lies in one of the most glorious valleys in North Devon, surrounded by acres of woodland and its own stream. The sculpture park displays one of the largest permanent collections of contemporary art and sculpture in the South West and don't miss the award winning restaurant which serves delicious meals based on the 'slow food' philosophy.
When you visit Clovelly, be sure to visit the gardens at Clovelly Court. Plants thrive in this sheltered sunny corner of North Devon, which has the added benefit of the warmth the Gulf Stream brings.
All the rides, shows and play areas are included in the entrance fee with no hidden extras, and it’s fun for parents as well as kids. With over 110,000 sq feet of indoor fun & acres of outdoor activities, this is a truly out of this world experience .
Pencarrow House and Gardens is just 40 minutes from Bude. The Pencarrow Estate has been the home of the Molesworth family and their descendants sice Elizabethan times.