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The Castle Bude

Closed Now: 10:00 - 17:00
Open today: 10:00 - 17:00
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We nearly didn't visit

On our last day in Bude, having walked past 'another castle' we decided to give it a go. It was... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Richard F
East Grinstead, United Kingdom
via mobile
Lovely tea in the afternoon !!

A stunning view over summerleaze beach from the glass annex. We had very nice tea and cake served... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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“local history”(15 reviews)
“small museum”(4 reviews)
Grade II listed, steeped in history, The Castle Bude owned and operated by Bude-Stratton Town Council offers lots to see and do for free, whatever the weather. Open daily from 10 am The Castle is home to The Heritage Centre, Café Limelight, two...more
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| The Wharf, Bude EX23 8LG, England
+44 1288 357300
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

On our last day in Bude, having walked past 'another castle' we decided to give it a go. It was free entry, bonus. Inside a lovely cafe with sea view, and a great exhibition - Bude's history with really interesting photos and exhibits. Definitely worth...More

Thank Richard F
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Nice place to stop while at the beach or visiting Bude, not a real castle, a kind of museum to the town... nice little cafe inside

Thank Fawnze
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A stunning view over summerleaze beach from the glass annex. We had very nice tea and cake served by cheerful friendly staff. Interesting gallery of last century images which provided great entertainment.

Thank GoneCrabbing
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The cafe here is lovely, it has a small selection of food and has amazing hot chocolate. The view is fab as it overlooks the beach. There are a number of exhibits and it is all free (the coffee shop is very reasonably priced too).

Thank Gemma C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I recently exhibited some paintings at The Castle in the Willoughby Gallery as a member of Bude Art Society. I took a friend along and she enjoyed the exhibition and we then had tea overlooking the sand dunes and canal/river/sea - wonderful!

Thank Christine S
Reviewed 5 August 2018

We spent a very interesting hour or more exploring the museum. Covers the local history well and if you want to find out about limelight (well done Sir Goldsworthy!), the local railways, canal and harbour then it's all there with a whole lot more. The...More

Thank DaveM1959
Reviewed 3 August 2018 via mobile

We very much enjoyed our short visit. The tea room was well appointed and reasonably priced. There were multiple mini exhibitions incorporating some of the wide history of the area. In all rooms it felt like there had been effort made to keep young children...More

Thank Familypike
Reviewed 31 July 2018

Worth a visit to know the history of Bude and the surrounding area. The staff are very helpful. There is a cafe with excellent views, however, it was very busy and the tables were not being cleaned, so we decide to have coffee elsewhere.

Thank Ultrabernie
Reviewed 28 July 2018 via mobile

Great re-enactment in the grounds lovely building showing inside the history of the castle & the area, nice cafe spotlessly clean with a small range of basic food which was very nice & not overpriced, that leads you out onto the view in the picture...More

Thank Carl S
Reviewed 23 July 2018

My sister-in-law got married here last week. It was a perfect location. Very central in Bude. Perfect backdrop for photographs afterwards. The ceremony was intimate and in a beautiful room with art being displayed on the walls.

Thank Fran H
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16 August 2017|
Response from JennyR3131 | Property representative |
We welcome assistance dogs throughout The Castle and have a large decking area outside Cafe Limelight which is family dog friendly.
24 July 2017|
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Response from JennyR3131 | Property representative |
Parking is available in the nearby Town Council owned car park behind the Parkhouse Centre for 70 pence per hour. Cornwall Council also operate car parks on the Wharf and adjacent to the Tourist Information Centre.
Chelsey G
27 August 2016|
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Response from Annie C | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there is a lift.