London has almost everything you could ever need.
From toilet tours to picturesque villages, the only thing we’re missing is the seaside.
For that, we need to head down to one of the UK’s many seaside towns, and this Cornwall town is so pretty even the Sainsbury’s is a tourist attraction.
Bude is a village in Cornwall which boats a beautiful coastline.
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Located in the very north of Cornwall, Bude was voted best UK seaside town in 2019.
The award was well-deserved, because Bude’s eight beaches all boast Cornwall’s bright blue waters and breathtaking cliffs.
The seaside is not the only thing that impresses tourists.
The town’s Sainsbury’s has a see-through perspex tunnel that runs from the shop all the way to the car park, and is 230 feet long.
The tunnel, which is the only one in Bude, gained the top ranking of all attractions in Bude on Tripadvisor in 2018, and still holds the ranking today with reviewers leaving five-star reviews of their “amazing” walks through the tunnel.
These comments should be taken with a pinch of salt, but this makes them even more hilarious.
“We had an amazing walk through Bude Tunnel this morning,” reads one review.
“It was a hot sunny day, the heat amplified by the plastic of the tunnel – you could imagine you were in a Sauna, and then just as you get the end there is Sainsbury’s with all the ice cream you can eat!”
Another raved about the “stunning synergy of beautiful design and cutting edge engineering”, which is a long-winded way of saying the tunnel will keep you dry if it rains.
If you’re not impressed by Bude’s main attraction, there are plenty of other things to keep you occupied that won’t take you to a car park.
The Bude Sea Pool is a partially man-made swimming pool on Summerleaze Beach.
It’s a tidal pool that is free to use for all, with a donations box on site for those who wish to help with its maintenance.
Reviewers call it “a real asset to Bude”, and say this is the must-visit spot for a “glorious, safe sea swim”.
If you’d rather spend your day on dry land, head over to The Castle Bude.
The castle was built in 1830, and offers free admission to its exhibitions of Bude history.
When it’s time to fuel up after a long day of walking through tunnels, you’ll be spoiled for choice.
Predictably, Bude’s top spot is the Cornish Pie Company.
There are too many five-star reviews vying for the best praise, but the one calling it “pie heaven” sums it up.
If pies aren’t your thing (how can pies not be your thing?), there are plenty of other options, like the Deck, which also has five stars and serves up favourites like burgers and surf and turf.
How to get there
Bude is perfect for a weekend getaway, as the drive down will take you just over four hours.
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From Central London, you’ll head west through Andover and Exeter before ending up in beautiful Bude.
By public transport, a two-hour train will take you to Exeter, where a two-hour coach will be waiting to take you all the way to the seaside.
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