Local area guide

Living in Bude

Thinking about moving to Bude? Discover why it's a great place to live, fun things to do here, what the local schools and transport connections are like - and of course the most important thing of all: how much houses cost to buy.

Your guide to moving to Bude

Why Bude is a good place to live

Bude is a charming seaside town in North Cornwall, offering a prime location for anyone seeking a coastal lifestyle. Living in Bude gives access to some of Cornwall's most stunning sandy beaches like Summerleaze and Crooklets, all within walking distance from the town centre. Abundant in natural beauty, the rugged cliffs and wild coastline make for some scenic walks and breathtaking views. Its distinct geology sets it apart from the rest of Cornwall and contributes to the town's unique charm. In Bude, you'll find excellent schools and amenities including a golf course, football and rugby facilities. The character of Bude retains a strong sense of independence while providing a variety of activities and attractions year-round.

What's Bude famous for?

Bude is famous for being named as the 'Brighton of the West' and holding the title of Cornwall's first proper tourist destination. However, its fame doesn’t stop there: Bude is also renowned for its impressive connection to surfing. Being home to Britain's first Surf Lifesaving Club and the Bude Sea Pool - a large free-to-use pool popular with cold water swimmers - it attracts water sports enthusiasts from all over. You cannot forget the glorious beaches such as Summerleaze and Crooklets, which are a magnet for surfers and sun-drenched holidaymakers. Finally, Bude is the birthplace of notable inventor Goldsworthy Gurney, who made significant strides in steam carriage technology the local museum in Bude Castle is a testament to his work.

Things to do in Bude

Bude is brimming with a wealth of activities for all types of explorers. If you're a thrill-seeker, you can catch some waves with a surfboard, or perhaps try canoeing or coasteering. For something more relaxed, Bude's famed beaches provide roomy spaces for leisure, while the highest cliffs in Cornwall bestow breathtaking views for a cliff-top walk. Dining opportunities are aplenty, be it at The Beach At Bude Hotel or Life's a Beach restaurant, both offering gastronomic delights against the backdrop of splendid seaside views. Lastly, you might enjoy the coastal-path walk from Bude to Sandymouth, immersing yourself in untouched nature.

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Transport in Bude

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Local connections

Bideford Ferry Landing
Ferry Port
19.9 miles / 32.0 km

Schools in Bude

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Education in Bude

Bude Primary Academy - Infants
Ages: 4 - 7 years old
Ofsted Rating: Requires improvement (2022)
Bude Primary Academy - Juniors
Ages: 7 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Requires improvement (2022)
Budehaven Community School
Ages: 11 - 18 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2023)
Stratton Primary School
Ages: 4 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2019)
Marhamchurch CofE Academy
Ages: 4 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2022)
Kilkhampton Junior and Infant School
Ages: 5 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2023)

Local pubs in Bude

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  • Globe

    Bude, Cornwall, EX23

  • Brendon Arms

    Bude, Cornwall, EX23

    The Brendon Arms, Bude's best known Inn, has been owned and run by the Brendon family since 1872. Overlooking Bude's inner harbour and just 200 yards from the unique sea-lock and Summerleaze beach.

  • Barrel at Bude

    Bude, Cornwall, EX23

    North Cornwall's first micropub selling Cornish craft ales and ciders direct from the barrel as well as a great selection of Cornish wine and gins.

  • Bank at Bude Tapas Bar

    Bude, Cornwall, EX23