Bude Castle Heritage Centre is set in a mysterious castle, which was once the home of a Victorian inventor Sir Goldsworthy Gurney. It’s been standing for more than 160 years which, given that Gurney built it on sand just to prove that he could is no small feat. Today this Bude attraction is more of a museum and it houses a collection of interesting exhibition galleries, a restaurant and a gift shop.
Aside from the chance to learn more about Bude in this spectacular setting the views from the castle over Summerleaze Beach are gorgeous. The artefacts in the centre include a display about the Bencoolen, a famous Bude shipwreck that happened in 1862. It’s all the more poignant as the ship wrecked on the beach you can see from the castle.
As well as exhibitions, the heritage centre offers engaging features to make it fun for the whole family – why not try navigation interactive and see if you can steer a ship through the fierce Cornwall seas?
The Bude Castle Heritage Centre makes an informative starting point for a Bude holiday, and once you’ve found out all you need to know you’re in a great position to set off on a cliff top walk, to explore the town or one of the nearby beaches.
Address:The Castle, Bude, EX23 8LG
Phone: 01288 357300