It is particularly popular with surfers, and the first Surf Life Saving Club was formed here.
It developed as a port when the Bude Canal to Launceston was built in the 1820s. The sea lock and a short stretch of canal survive.
The railway, now closed, took over the canal`s business and transformed the town into a seaside resort.
Bude Castle was built in 1850, and now houses the council offices.
Along the coast there is spectacular scenery.