History of the Falcon Hotel

Originally established in 1798 as a boarding house it primarily provide lodging for the captains visiting vessels.

In 1824/5, as part of the Canal Development Plan, it became the Falcon Crest Inn and in 1826 was further extended to become the falcon Hotel.  It was so named after Falcon adorning the crest of the local land owners and patrons of the time, the Aclands.

With the Canal Company Offices based in Exeter, a coaching service was started in 1848.  It stopped at the Falcon three times a week ad brought many visitors, among whom was Alfred Lord Tennyson, who came here in May 1848.  In his diary he wrote… “Arrived at Bude in dark, askt girl way to sea, she opens the back door… I go out and in a moment go sheer down, upward of six feet, over all an fanged cobbles.  Up again and waled to sea over dark hill.”  He hurt his left so much that he had to be nursed here for six weeks.


Today, the Falcon Hotel is still an iconic building, and perhaps Bude’s best-known hotel.  The hotel restaurant is named after Tennyson.

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