Places to Visit
Bostcastle: is home to great little independent shops and scenic walks. The medieval harbour is the main attraction of this pretty Atlantic coast town. The so-called ?hanging valleys? and a spectacular waterfall make this a must see destination for photographers and geology enthusiasts alike. Boscastle is 14 miles from Bude, and a 20 minute drive. The Stagecoach 595 bus runs frequently.
Clovelly: The dramatic view from the coast path above Clovelly Harbour illustrates one of the reasons why this village is so unique. The whole village is wedged into a fold in the cliffs. People have lived here since the Iron Age, but the Saxons named it ?Cleave Leigh?, old English for ?cleft in the cliff?. Clovelly is part of a private estate, once owned by the wife of William the Conqueror and listed in the Domesday Book, and has been in the ownership of but three families in the last 800 years. Clovelly remains a vibrant community, which enjoys a way of life that visitors can but envy.
Bodmin: is a pretty Cornish town with no shortage of history or attractions for day visitors and families, especially of a quirky, historical variety. Whether you want to take part in an authentic Victorian courtroom drama, travel back to the golden age of railways or find out about the ghostly goings on at the town?s historic buildings, heritage fans are in for a treat. Bodmin Jail has a grim and fascinating history, and you must take a steam powered train ride with Bodmin and Wenford Railway. Bodmin is 31 miles from Bude, and a 50 minute drive.
Tintagel: offers stunning, craggy coastal views and an intoxicating blend of myth and history make this Cornish town a magnet for summer visitors. Whether or not you believe King Arthur and Merlin shared a pint of ale here, there is a genuine magic and fun to be had with the many attractions and gift shops, as well as the less mythical but equally fascinating slate-mining heritage and medieval ruins of the area. Tintagel Castle, which boasts spectacular cliff top views, and peep around Merlin?s Cave, located directly beneath Tintagel Castle.
Padstow: is a great part of Cornwall for walking and cycling. The coast and estuary is spectacular, and the town itself has a range of novel attractions. It is also awash with quality eateries these days, including restaurants owned by Rick Stein. Visitors must see the National Lobster Hatchery, and cycle the famous Camel Trail, for fresh air and fine scenery. Padstow is 36 miles from Bude, and a 50 minute drive.
Truro:, the UK?s most Southerly city is a vibrant centre of shopping, culture and impressive architecture right in the heart of Cornwall. Centre stage is Truro Cathedral with its impressive gothic towers dominating the skyline. In its shadow, a warren of compact streets are home to an impressive array of independent traders. From boutiques to bookshops and designer interiors to delicatessens, this great little city offers a unique shopping experience. The café culture is pretty impressive too, with hip coffee houses, artisan ice creameries and cocktail bars dotted across the centre.
Port Isaac : is a traditional fishing village with a vibrant local community in north Cornwall and home to the TV series Doc Martin starring Martin Clunes. It's a truly picturesque village with narrow winding streets lined with whitewashed cottages that head down to the harbour where you can watch local fishermen landing their daily catch of fish, crab and lobsters. Port Isaac is set amidst rugged and magnificent scenery on Cornwall's North coast with two beautiful ports nearby;Port Quin and Port Gaverne.
Pencarrow House and Gardens : makes the family?s history come alive whilst having that warmth which reminds you it is still the privately owned and cherished home of the Molesworth-St Aubyn family. Pencarrow is approached by a magnificent mile-long carriage drive through an Iron Age hill fort. Around the Palladian mansion are Grade II* formal gardens, a large Victorian rock garden and ice house, celtic cross, 50 acres of parkland, lake and woodland with more than 700 varieties of rhododendrons and many camellias, easily accessible along well-maintained footpaths. There are lovely Tea Rooms, and a Wendy House with plenty of toys for the children to enjoy. Dogs are welcome off the lead in the woodland.
Eden project: With a worldwide reputation, and recognised by the British Travel Awards as the Best UK Leisure Attraction 4 years running (2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011) and the Silver Award for Best Leisure Attraction in 2016, Eden barely needs an introduction, but this epic destination definitely deserves a day of your undivided attention. More than just a huge, tropical garden, Eden is a gateway into the relationships between plants and people, and a fascinating insight into the story of mankind's dependence on plant life. Not only a mind-blowing visitor attraction, Eden is also fast-becoming a unique resource for education and knowledge towards a sustainable future.
Charlestown Harbour : Situated on the outskirts of St Austell on the South Coast of Cornwall is Charlestown Harbour, an unspoilt, original Grade II Listed Harbour. Used as a key location for the filming of the BBC's remake of the 1970's hit series Poldark, starring Aiden Turner as the Cornish hero of the show, Ross Poldark. The harbour is the home port for a famous collection of old ships which are employed in film projects all over the world - they have brought work and life to the quays and harbour buildings and are a particular draw for visitors. There are plenty of bars, restaurants and gift shops to be enjoyed whilst taking in the breath taking views out over St Austell Bay.
Falmouth : Based around a thriving harbour Falmouth is gateway to the beautiful Fal River which runs through an Area Of Natural Beauty. The town is famous for its creative buzz with many art galleries displaying contemporary works and venues showcasing independent films and live bands. The many reasons to visit include, the fascinating maritime heritage;the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty along the Helford and Fal Rivers perfect for walking and family days out;watersports;boat trips running from the pier and quay;and plenty of family friendly attractions.