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Destination guide

Have a pets-allowed holiday in fun-filled Bude

Bude is a picturesque location that boasts many outdoor spaces for dog-friendly holidays in Cornwall. The beaches have some of the best surf spots on the coast, and the sheltered cliffs provide calm, shallow wading and swimming areas. The scenic Sandymouth Bay Beach, Tamar Lakes Country Park, the National Lobster Hatchery and the Haywood Cider Farm are all dog-friendly locations where you can bring your pet to take part in the festivities. Northcott Mouth Beach is a prime spot for dogs due to its abundance of streams, rock pools and long stretches of sand, and best of all, it allows dogs year-round.

 
History

Take a dip in the historic Bude Sea Pool

Bude Sea Pool, built in the 1930s, is a haven for swimmers in search of calm, crystalline water. It's set on the shores of Summerleaze Beach and enclosed by a 290-feet-long, 140-feet-wide sea wall. Just steps inland, you'll find Bude Castle. It was built by Sir Goldsworthy Gurney and now houses a pocket-sized heritage centre, as well as a contemporary gallery and well-stocked gift shop. Lay out a picnic on the grassy lawn, catch a bandstand show and enjoy coffee and cake at the rooftop cafe. Want to stay in a living slice of history? From stone-walled manors to converted barn cottages, Bude holiday rentals offer a unique chance to step back in time.

Activities

Sightseeing in and around Bude

Are you searching for things to do in the area? Venture out of your holiday home and check out everything that makes Bude a fun spot to go on holiday. Here are some of the most popular attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Tamar Otter and Wildlife Centre (11.6 mi / 18.7 km)
  • Merlins Cave (13.9 mi / 22.4 km)
  • New Mills Farm Park (14.3 mi / 22.9 km)
  • Launceston Golf Club (14.6 mi / 23.5 km)
  • Trethorne Leisure Park (15 mi / 24.1 km)
  • Bowood Park Golf Course (15.9 mi / 25.6 km)
Weather

Seasonal weather averages in Bude

Travellers enjoy Bude for its surfing. If you're planning a holiday around the weather, July, August, June and September are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 19°F.

Natural features

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Bude

Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to take in the scenery, Bude is a great place to get out in nature. These are a few of the area's most enchanting natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Bude Beach (0.5 mi / 0.8 km)
  • Bude Sea Pool (0.6 mi / 0.9 km)
  • Crooklets Beach (0.8 mi / 1.2 km)
  • Widemouth Bay Beach (2.2 mi / 3.5 km)
  • Sandy Mouth Beach (2.5 mi / 4 km)
  • Duckpool Beach (3.5 mi / 5.7 km)
How to get there

How to get to and around Bude

The nearest airport is in Newquay (NQY-Newquay Cornwall), located 33 mi (53.1 km) from the city centre.

How to get around

Getting around Cornwall from your Bude holiday rental

Bude is easy to get around on foot, with the stroll from the town centre to the beach taking just 10 minutes. If beach days are a priority, Bude holiday cottages put you just steps from hotspots like Summerleaze Beach, Widemouth Bay, Crackington Haven and Crooklets Beach. Flat terrain and scenic cycling trails make bikes a great way to get around Bude, as well as explore Cornwall and neighbouring Devon. Alternatively, don your hiking shoes and discover the rugged coastline on the ultra-scenic South West Coast Path. Exeter St Davids is the closest train station, with Cornwall and Devon also well-serviced by local buses.

Food & drink

From cream teas to ploughman's platters in Bude

For the freshest fish and chips in town, head to Lansdown Road, where you'll find a handful of eateries serving wild sea bass, lobster and other local delicacies hauled in from the Celtic Sea. Alternatively, stroll down to the beach and enjoy a waterfront meal of salt-baked sea bream, crab bisque and prosciutto-wrapped halibut. Of course, no trip to Cornwall is complete without devouring a traditional cream tea of freshly baked scones, loaded with clotted cream and fruit jam. With their well-equipped kitchens and sun-drenched decks, Bude holiday cottages make it easy to prepare your own Cornish ploughman's platter, loaded with bread, cheese, pickle and all the trimmings.

Essential info

Essential info for enjoying your Bude holiday rentals stay

  • Stock up on British pounds at local banks and ATMs
  • Visit in late spring or early autumn to beat the summer crowds and still enjoy plenty of sunshine
  • Rent a pastel-coloured beach hut for the day and soak up the sun on your own private deck
  • Summer highs hover around the 20s, so don't forget to pack a hat and plenty of sunscreen
  • Bude offers plenty of dog beaches, so why not rent a pet-friendly Bude holiday rental cottage and take Fido along?

Can I find a vacation rental around Bude?

Yes, our 2021 property listings offer a large selection of 667 vacation rentals near Bude. From 444 cottages to 29 flats & apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Bude for a holiday or a weekend are on Vrbo.

Can I rent Cottages in Bude?

Yes, of course. Vrbo UK has 444 Cottages in Bude. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Bude include:

  • Flats: 29 rentals available
  • Houses: 584 rentals available
  • Cabins: 444 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Chalets and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Bude?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 85 vacation rentals with pool available in Bude. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.