With its pastel beach huts and sandy beaches, Bude is a popular destination for travellers of all ages. Whether you're looking for luxury hotels, cosy bed and breakfasts, self-catering apartments, or campsites, Bude has something to offer for every taste and budget.
So why not explore some of the best places to stay in Bude, Cornwall, and discover the beauty of this charming seaside town for yourself?
Get an insider's perspective on the best places to stay in Bude from a local (me!). We'll explore the top hotels, cosy bed & breakfasts, self-catering cottages, and best beachside holiday parks that Bude has to offer.
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Best Hotels in Bude
Boasting a great location just a short walk from Summerleaze Beach and Bude Canal, the Falcon Hotel offers en-suite rooms, free parking, and a warm welcome. With its beautiful gardens and commanding panoramic view of the canal and town centre, it's an ideal base for exploring the North Cornwall coast.
Best of all, the Falcon Hotel has several bedrooms and dining areas that are dog-friendly. You and your four-legged friend can explore Bude’s beaches and many country walks from the comfort of the hotel without even moving your car.
✔️ Best dog friendly hotel in Bude, Cornwall.
📍Falcon Hotel, Breakwater Road, Bude, Cornwall, EX23 8SD
Situated close to Summerleaze Beach, the Edgcumbe Hotel is a fantastic choice for those seeking luxury rooms with a contemporary nordic style. With family rooms available, it's the perfect place for a family holiday, just minutes from Summerleaze beach. The hotel's Deck Restaurant is a great option for dining (with dinner service starting at 4 pm), and you'll be within walking distance of Bude town centre and its local shops too.
✔️ Best family-friendly hotel in Bude, Cornwall.
📍Edgecumbe Hotel, 19 Summerleaze Crescent, Bude, Cornwall, EX23 8HJ
The Beach at Bude
With its prime location just steps away from Summerleaze beach, The Beach at Bude guests can enjoy breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean from the comfort of their rooms. The hotel boasts stylish and comfortable rooms, the acclaimed Elements restaurant serving locally sourced food (the chicken caesar salad is one of the best I've ever tasted), and a bar with a wide selection of drinks.
✔️Best hotel in Bude with a view.
📍The Beach at Bude, Summerleaze Crescent, Bude, Cornwall, EX23 8HJ
Kerenza hotel is a newly renovated hotel near Crooklets beach boasting 23 uniquely designed rooms each with their own character and charm. Guests can enjoy super comfy beds, duck-down duvets, rainfall showers, and complimentary high-quality toiletries. The hotel also features a cocktail bar, restaurant, and free Wi-Fi throughout.
✔️Best luxury hotel in Bude, Cornwall.
📍Kerenza Hotel, Flexbury Avenue, Bude, Cornwall, EX23 8RE
Atlantic House Hotel
Atlantic House hotel (an adult-only hotel) overlooks Summerleaze Beach making it the perfect place to enjoy the stunning sea views. It offers a range of comfortable and stylish rooms, and the in-house Sea Fever restaurant serves up locally sourced food, specialising in seafood dishes (the restaurant is adults only too).
✔️Best hotel in Bude for couples.
📍Atlantic House, 17-18 Summerleaze Crescent, Bude, Cornwall, EX23 8HJ.
An Mor hotel is a modern and stylish hotel located in the heart of Bude, along Hartland Terrace. The hotel's contemporary design and decor give it a unique and trendy vibe, and its central location puts guests just a short walk away from the beach and the town centre.
The hotel offers a range of comfortable and well-appointed rooms (including 2-bedroom family suites), each with its own unique style and charm. Guests can enjoy a variety of amenities, including free Wi-Fi, and the coast beach bar, which offers stunning views across Summerleaze beach. It's the perfect place to relax with a glass of wine on a warm summer's evening.
✔️ Best bar in Bude with a view.
📍An Mor, Hartland Terrace, Bude, Cornwall, EX23 8JY
For a budget hotel stay in Bude, there's no better place than the Premier Inn, a recent addition to the town, and built on the old Strand Hotel site.
The hotel offers comfortable and affordable accommodation, making it a great choice for budget-conscious travellers.
✔️ Best budget hotel in Bude Cornwall.
📍Premier Inn, The Strand, Bude, Cornwall, EX23 8RA
Best Bed & Breakfasts in Bude
The Brendon Arms
The Brendon Arms Inn offers comfortable Bed and Breakfast accommodation for guests and a delicious hearty breakfast in the restaurant. It's just a short walk from the canal, Bude town centre, and the beach at Summerleaze.
✔️ Hearty breakfasts.
📍Brendon Arms, Falcon Terrace, Bude, EX23 8SD
Links Side Guest House
The Links Side Guest House is a popular bed and breakfast with golfers, just a stone's throw from Bude Golf Club. A great choice for travellers seeking comfort and convenience.
✔️ Best accommodation for golfers in Bude.
📍Links Side Guest House, 7 Burn View, Bude, Cornwall, EX23 8BY
Best Self-Catering Options in Bude
Canalside Bude is a modern self-catering apartment with two double bedrooms. Its location along Bude Canal is second to none, with easy access to the beach and town.
✔️ Beautiful canal side location.
📍Canalside, Higher Wharf, Flat 2, Bude, Cornwall, EX23 8GY
The Nook, Northcott Mouth
The Nook, at Northcott Mouth is a short car journey from the town centre and within metres of Northcott Mouth beach. The property sleeps 6 and is a sensitively restored old Fisherman's cottage which features thick walls, low-beamed ceilings and includes a fully fitted kitchen, two modern bathrooms and a private sundeck/garden which boasts views out over the Atlantic Ocean. The property is also pet friendly and available to book year-round.
✔️ Best self-catering accommodation for a family with a dog.
📍The Nook, Northcott Mouth, Bude, EX23 9ED
Trecane Beach House, Widemouth Bay
Trecane Beach House is a large 4-bedroom (sleeps 10) house opposite Widemouth Beach, a short 5-minute drive from Bude. The house has a large living space and a separate kitchen diner. All bedrooms are spacious, 2 of them being en-suite, and there is a well-maintained garden to the rear of the property.
✔️ Best self-catering accommodation in Widemouth Bay.
📍Trecane, Marine Dr, Widemouth Bay, Bude EX23 0AH
Cormorant Cottage at Broomhill Manor
A converted stables (in a complex of 5 self-catering cottages) that sleeps up to 6 people. Best of all, the accommodation comes with its own private hot tub! Located a short 5-minute drive from Bude town centre.
✔️ Best self-catering accommodation in Bude with a private hot tub.
📍Broomhill Manor, Poughill, Bude, Cornwall, EX23 9HA, (SAT-NAV use EX23 9AX)
Best Caravan & Camping Sites in Bude
Bude Holiday Resort
Bude Holiday Park, located along Maer Lane, provides a fantastic accommodation option for families and outdoor enthusiasts alike. This well-maintained park offers a range of caravans to suit all budgets. With its prime location, guests can enjoy easy access to Crooklets Beach and the town centre. The holiday park also boasts a wealth of on-site facilities, including an outdoor heated pool, children's play area, bar and restaurant.
✔️ Best holiday park in Bude for active families.
📍Bude Holiday Resort, Maer Lane, Bude, Cornwall, EX23 9EE
Upper Lynstone Caravan Park
Located at the top of Lynstone Road, Upper Lynstone Caravan Park is a quiet family-run park that provides plenty of camping and caravan pitches within an easy walk of the town centre. They also have a selection of large static caravans to rent on-site.
✔️ Small camp site within easy reach of the busy town centre.
📍Upper Lynstone Caravan Park, Bude, Cornwall, EX23 0LP
Cerenity Eco Campsite
Cerenity Eco Camping Site, offers a unique and environmentally-friendly camping experience for nature enthusiasts and eco-conscious travellers. This tranquil site, with its focus on sustainability and minimal environmental impact, provides spacious pitches for tents and campervans, encouraging guests to reconnect with nature.
✔️ Best eco-friendly campsite in Bude.
📍Cerenety Camp Site, Lynstone Lane, Bude, Cornwall, EX23 0LR
Attractions in Bude
One of the top attractions in the area is the Bude Sea Pool on Summerleaze beach, boasting a safe, shallow area, rocks to jump off, and ample space for everyone to enjoy the water.
The Bude Tunnel, another well-known local landmark, is a popular 'tongue-in-cheek' attraction that you can explore. However, it's not worth planning your entire day around it, as it only takes 5 minutes to walk through. This tunnel is actually the passage between the Sainsbury's supermarket and the car park located at the back of the store, but has become a bit of an internet sensation in recent years.
Local Restaurants in Bude
One highly-rated optionjust outside Bude is the Cornish Coasts Farmshop & Cafe, known for its hearty breakfasts, delicious homemade cakes, fresh vegetables and fruits. Another top-rated restaurant for seafood lovers is Sea Fever located at the Atlantic House Hotel, which serves seafood and British cuisine.
For a dining experience with stunning sea views, you might want to try Elements Restaurant, located at The Beach at Bude on Summerleaze Crescent. This restaurant offers not only great food but also a great selection of wines and cocktails.
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Public Transport & Accessbility
Having lived in Bude all of my life, I can say with some authority that it's a bit of a pain to get to without a car. I used to dread my trips to and from university in Nottingham, which involved a 2 hour bus journey to Exeter, and then a 5 hour train journey, changing at Birmingham New Street!
By far, the easiest way to reach Bude is by car, although there are regular(ish) bus services to other local towns such as Launceston, Holsworthy, and Okehampton in Devon, where you can now catch the train to Exeter.
Flying into Newquay Airport is another option, with regular flights to and from Gatwick, Manchester and Edinburgh. You can hire a car at the airport and enjoy the scenic 50-minute drive north to Bude!
Frequently Asked Questions
Bude is a small coastal town situated on the North Cornwall coast in the southwest of England, United Kingdom. It lies near the border between Cornwall and Devon, approximately 50 miles from Exeter and 42 miles north of Newquay.
The best time to visit Bude is during the summer months (June to August) when the weather is warm and sunny, making it perfect for enjoying the beaches and outdoor activities. However, spring (April and May) and autumn (September and October) can also be lovely times to visit, with fewer crowds and milder weather.
GCHQ Morwenstow, 5 miles north of Bude comprises twenty-one satellite antennas of various sizes, including three that have a diameter of 30 m. GCHQ stands for the Government Communications Headquarters, which is the British intelligence and security agency responsible for providing signals intelligence (SIGINT) and information assurance to the UK government and armed forces. The Morwenstow site, sometimes referred to as GCHQ Bude, is part of the UK's wider intelligence gathering network. Due to the sensitive nature of its operations, the activities carried out at GCHQ Morwenstow are largely classified.
Bude Sea Pool is free to use. It's preserved and enhanced, as well as kept safe and free by the charity, Friends of Bude Sea Pool (FoBSP).
Places to Stay in Bude: A Recap
When it comes to finding a place to stay in Bude, Cornwall, there are plenty of options to choose from. Whether you prefer a beachside hotel, a holiday park, or a self-catering cottage, Bude has something for everyone.
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