One Of Bude's Most Iconic Buildings...

This Grade II listed building, built on sand, has a long and rich history in the town. Originally built in 1830 by Sir Goldsworthy Gurney, the iconic Castle has been home to many influential people over the years right up until 1946 when it was purchased by the Council.

The only resident to have also been the owner of the property was Lady Sybil Nicholson, with all other residents leasing the property from the Ackland family.

As well as its original use, The Castle has taken on various other forms since its inception. Once home to a Dentist surgery, Library, Magistrate’s Court and even home to BBC Radio Cornwall for some time.

Since its purchase in 1946, the Town Council has been responsible for the upkeep and use of The Castle. In 2007, after extensive renovations, The Castle opened in its current form as local Heritage Centre.

Today it is also home to Café Limelight, where you can sit and enjoy a light lunch or coffee and enjoy the stunning views over the Breakwater and Summerleaze beach.

The year round, free to enter art galleries and heritage centre offer a variety of appealing exhibitions for the whole family to enjoy.

As a fully licensed venue you can fulfil your dream wedding by getting married at The Castle, year round.

Our Spaces to Hire page has all the information regarding hiring The Castle and its rooms for community or business events.

To enquire about hiring The Castle for a ceremony, contact Cafe and Wedding Supervisor, Katherine Taylor on 01288 353305.

To enquire about hiring The Castle for large scale events please get in touch with the Castle and Communities Manager, Mark Berridge 01288 357301.

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