The Castle, Bude. Steeped in history. Come and Discover.

Welcome to The Castle, Bude’s Heritage Centre. Our Grade II listed building, one of Bude’s finest and oldest, is nestled in the sand dunes overlooking Summerleaze Beach and runs alongside the Bude Canal. The Castle, which it was named when it was built in 1830, is steeped in history and is a great place to visit whether young or old.

It’s imposing, yet elegant and unaltered, Victorian façade houses the Heritage Centre, Art Galleries, Café and shop. Our rooms and exhibition spaces are light and airy and sympathetic to the Victorian period style.

A warm welcome awaits you here at The Castle.

The Castle offers free admission and is open daily between 10am until 4pm, owned and operated by Bude-Stratton Town Council.

Heritage Centre

Our award winning Heritage Centre houses artefacts and exhibitions bringing the rich varied local history to life. Discover Bude’s inventive genius, Sir Goldsworthy Gurney, its unique geology, alongside a wonderful collection of Bude railway nostalgia, interactive models plus local military and maritime history.


We have three galleries that have a regularly changing programme with over 30 exhibitions taking place during the year, showcasing the talents of local artists and craftspeople comprising many areas including paintings, ceramics, photography, textiles and animations.

Cafe Limelight

After exploring The Castle, why not relax in Café Limelight, with our stunning conservatory offering idyllic views across the Canal, Barrel Rock and Summerleaze Beach, with an outdoor patio area, nestled within the original garden walls and kitchen garden.  Our Gift Shop is a great place to pick up gifts or mementos of your visit to Bude.

Weddings at The Castle

The Castle has three licenced beautiful rooms for you to choose to say ‘I do’. Each are unique, all have stunning views and vary in size to accommodate most sizes of ceremony.