Bude Tunnel
Bude Tunnel
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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The only tunnel Bude has to offer is open to the public free of charge, walk from the Sainsbury's car park to Crooklets Road completely undercover, protected from the elements whilst maintaining your view to the spectacular surroundings of Bude. Consisting of 36 metal arches and over 70m long, nowhere else in Bude can you walk this far undercover in a continuos straight line, all ages are welcome
Duration: < 1 hour
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  • Sealfeast
    Horfield, United Kingdom81 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Smashing Tunnel!
    When I found out that there was a tunnel in Bude when visiting I was delighted. When I turned up I was even more shocked at how amazing it was. The engineering and design is on par with the Taj Mahal and everyone involved should give themselves a pat on the back. Without blowing it’s trumpet to hard and getting a brown nose it’s easily one of if not the top thing to visit in Bude. Just go! You won’t be disappointed.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 March 2023
  • shamrock333
    13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bude Tunnel .....an uplifting experience
    Mini break in Bude and heard about the 'world famous tunnel' so had to check it out. My partner and I walked up from the beach carpark in search of the tunnel. It is worth saying, there are no signs directing you to the tunnel. I imagine this is deliberate to add to the mystique of this quirky installation. Our only clue was its close proximity to a Sainsbury supermarket. On reaching the said supermarket, we suddenly spotted the tunnel for the first time. Words failed me, (not my partner!) It is difficult to describe my initial reaction as I wasn't sure what to expect. Yes, the tunnel is close to the supermarket, but don't let that put you off as this tunnel holds it own and will provide you with a unique experience as you walk through it. I don't want to spoil your experience so I won't say too much more. It is safe for children and well behaved animals.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 March 2023
  • BaddoB
    Plymouth, United Kingdom49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A really excellent tunnel
    I've seen some excellent tunnels in my time; DUMPY at Dover Castle; the tunnels underneath the Shipwreck Centre in Charlestown, and various old mining works. The Bude Tunnel is different entirely. I cannot imagine it would captivate small children, but if you appreciate engineering feats and enjoy staying dry even when it's raining hard outside, you just might enjoy Bude Tunnel as much as I did. It's quite a long tunnel, well constructed, and really impressive to view and experience. There is no café or gift shop, so you might want to bring your own lunch.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 26 March 2023
  • Scaree
    Shefford, United Kingdom8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect for a rainy day
    After 2 glorious days of sunshine in Bude, the rain came in and the most ideal morning outing was clearly the fabulous Bude Tunnel. We kept dry whilst enjoying everything the tunnel had to offer. Exhilarating, joyous and wondrous. And I can confirm it is dog friendly. A must see. We spent many minutes in this attraction.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 June 2023
  • JonL
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    All I expected and so much more!
    I’ve travelled extensively, but nothing could prepare me for the Bude Tunnel. It’s everything I expected from reading the reviews and so much more. The gift shop is enormous and has an incredible range of gifts. A must see for everyone visiting Bude!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 June 2023
  • Chris S
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The 8th wonder of the world?
    The Bude tunnel is a masterpiece of architecture and I have no idea how this aesthetically pleasing structure defies the laws of physics and stands majestically in its grand, vast and beautiful tarmac setting of shopping trolleys and mid range cars. A Mecca for the downtrodden thousands of visitors flock daily to this place of wonder to buy such delights as beans, toilet rolls and disposable razors, sometimes those little plastic things you hook over the toilet rim that make the toilet water blue. These people pay homage to the tunnel, particularly when the weather is a bit spitty. Soon to be listed and given the hallowed world heritage ‘effluent’ status Bude and indeed Britain are rightly proud of this outstanding tunnel.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 June 2023
  • Marion P
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bude tunnel, such fun!
    My husband was very excited when I told him we were going to visit the famous Bude tunnel. He was a little perplexed when we parked up in Sainsburys car park but went with the flow. His face was a picture of sheer delight when he saw the tunnel ahead! Bude, you have outdone yourself, it made my husband's holiday!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 June 2023
  • Ian D
    16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Life Changing Experience
    We visited Bude at the weekend and came across this amazing feat of engineering, what a truly stunning piece of architecture, very well thought out and for the new visitor to this attraction, leaves you in awe..... I doff my cap to the engineer. This tunnel took me and my wife on a journey that put us on sensory overload throughout. The clear perspex sent the morning sun shimmering through onto our already sun-blessed faces. The change half way, to move through the chicane into the second part of the tunnel, was a pure adrenaline rush and not to be forgotten for a long time. We had that same experience on the way back too, and when we eventually left the car park, we both felt a little sad and empty. This must be put on everyone's bucket list if in the area
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 June 2023
  • Mike S
    Brighton, United Kingdom35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Believe the hype. Being silly is good for you.
    Simply breathtaking. If the UNESCO boys get wind of it, there’ll be another World Heritage Site on the books and Bude will be the next Rome. And to those giving one star reviews, embracing our eccentricities and getting into the spirit of things that make people smile is one of life’s pleasures, and might just help us through these tough times. Oh and it’s not dirty, it’s just weathered. Like the colosseum!!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 July 2023
  • Alan H
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A world Heritage site in the making
    Wow, what more can you say. Seen the Pyramids, Machu Picchu, Angkor Wat, Frimley park post office and the original Wembley stadium but nothing prepared me for this. An amazing upturned U-shaped Perspex tunnel with a flag-stone floor. Amazing views of the side of Sainsbury's supermarket (best supermarket in town) as well as the grass bank that runs along the car park. From one end you can see the car park in it's full glory and at the other you can get into the shop. Amazing!! Worth the walk from the car park just to experience the majesty and spirituality of the place.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 July 2023
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Ian C
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
We arrived late Thursday night in the rain, and the tunnel acted as a fantastic barrier to the elements. They way the Sainsburys light shone off the domed Perspex reminded me somewhat of late 1980’s raves, or new year fireworks across the Thames. The younger members of our party whooped to see if their voices could resonate, but such is the quality of the build that no echo’s rebounded. We rode a trolley down the final stretch. The fact this is free only added to its attraction.
Written 4 March 2024
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Tim W
Caerwent, UK68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
The long drive from Wales to this most famous landmark did not disappoint. As soon as we stepped into its Artisan crafted magnificence, smiles magically appeared on our faces. As we enjoyed promenading through its curves and contours, a succession of cheery local folk bade us a merry day, clearly buoyed in the knowledge their town has produced such an architectural marvel. The aforementioned gift shop handily located at the southern end of the tunnel was well stocked and offered a surprising variety of Knick Knacks with which to commemorate a fine day out. Bravo Bude.
Written 3 March 2024
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Hoppityskip
Essex, UK13,881 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Heard all about this landmark on QI.
Such a tribute to the brilliance of British architectural design.
Well worth the visit
Written 29 February 2024
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Hayden C
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Had to come and see what all the fuss was about and honestly this did not disappoint. Architecture and fans of incredible views will love the neo-gothic interpretation with a modern twist. Adorned with period steel and perspex the tunnel allows you to take in the ambience of all Bude has to offer and much, much more. Was sad to learn that my brother in law and family visited recently and missed the opportunity to see this. It would have been right up his street.
Written 27 February 2024
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Sightsee821578
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Spent a magical 60 seconds walking through this 8th wonder if the world. Imagine our delight when walking from the car park to the Sainsbury's without getting wet. 5/5 would recommend, easily the best plastic supermarket tunnel in Bude
Written 24 February 2024
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Jen
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
What a treat!
We wandered around Bude enjoying the sights, and finished with a visit to this masterpiece.

Photos really don't do it justice - once you're in the
belly of that tunnel, everything changes.

It's hard to describe.
It's majestic.
Written 18 February 2024
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russell
Winchester, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
What can I say. This is an experience to behold. We’ve been here for the past few years and it never disappoints. We love coming back (stronger) . The perfect tunnel whether you’re 4 foot or 7 foot tall you won’t regret visiting this masterpiece
Written 16 February 2024
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Amanda uk
United Kingdom3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
We visited The Bude Tunnel on a grey, murky day, and it lifted our spirits tremendously! This phenomenal attraction was the sole reason of our visit to Bude, and it was well worth the trip. With free parking (courtesy of Sainsbury’s), this experience is a MUST. We were shocked this hidden gem wasn’t featured in any guide books and so will be spreading the word, telling ALL our friends and family about the astounding architecture of this passageway- the highlight of our holiday for sure!
Written 13 February 2024
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Eve W
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Isla (6) wasn't impressed initially and didn't fully appreciate the magnificence of this landmark..
However Nanny Eve (50) and Aunt Mary (32) loved it and were super excited to be part of such a edifice.
After looking at everyone's pics Isla wants to go again.
Certainly not to be missed.
Written 11 February 2024
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RKJB2012
Brussels, Belgium7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
For those fans of the Bude Tunnel, on foreign shores, what a treat lies in store! On the outskirts of the charming town of Antwerp with its hand-shaped handmade chocolates & its bustling Belgian beer bars, amongst the plethora of mind-blowing architecture adorning this city comes the Berchem Ellipse!

The half-arching Perspex structure, designed to shelter rail passengers from the elements as they make that final short connection to Antwerp’s main railway station is a stopover not to miss!
Written 4 February 2024
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