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Bude Castle Heritage Centre

Age group: 5+

Location: NORTH Cornwall


Contact: Bude, EX23 8LG

TEL: 01288 357300


"Cornwall's smallest castle..."

Bude Castle is Cornwall's smallest castle, which also overlooks the canal & beach.


Entrance to the gallery, shop & restaurant are free and it's open daily from Easter to October 31st. It was formerly the home of the Victorian inventor Sir Goldsworthy Gurney.


The Castle is now a heritage centre with exhibition galleries, an archive with research facilities and an education room. The exhibitions on the ground floor focus on Bude and the surrounding area: its rich and varied geology and natural history, and the town's development as a port as well as later as a seaside resort and most recently as a surfing centre.


Over one hundred shipwrecks are recorded on the North Cornwall coastline between 1756 and 1969. Why not try the navigation interactive display and see if you can steer your way through these treacherous waters! Over two miles of canal are still open to the public.


The Heritage Centre opens with the wonderful natural history and world famous geology of the north Cornish Coast. From surf to rock pools and grand cliff-top panoramas, learn about the origin of this dramatic landscape. Find out more about the early years of sand, sea and canal, how the canal brought trade to Bude and transported beach sand to inland Cornwall for fertiliser.


There is level access to all floors for visitors. For those who prefer not to use the stairs, there is a ‘self-service’ lift to the first floor and a transit chair is available for use around The Castle. There is an adapted toilet and facilities are on the ground floor.


There are also  hearing loops in the Heritage Centre and Gallery.