Bude’s magnificent sea pool is number 1 in The Times Best Sea Swimming Pools in the country.

Just a few minutes walk from 2 Canalside, the Bude Sea Pool is a remarkable tidal pool that has stood the test of time since its construction in the 1930s.

We’ve put together a quick that will take you on a journey through this unique natural pool, providing you with all the information you need to make the most of your visit.

  1. History and Architecture: Built in the 1930s, Bude sea pool is a true survivor and a pioneer in the tidal pool genre. Its construction solidified the form of existing natural pools, and it proudly displays its vintage charm. The pool’s trapezium shape sets it apart from others, offering a distinctive and eye-catching feature that adds to its allure.
  2. Accessibility and Donations: Bude sea pool welcomes visitors throughout the year, ensuring that the magic of this place is accessible to all. To support its maintenance and upkeep, a donation-based entry system is in place. By making a contribution, you not only gain access to this remarkable pool but also contribute to its preservation for future generations to enjoy. Donations can be made conveniently through budeseapool.org.
  3. Local Volunteer Management: The pool’s day-to-day operations are handled by a dedicated team of local volunteers. These passionate individuals invest their time and effort into maintaining the pool and ensuring a pleasant experience for all visitors. Their commitment and hard work contribute to the pool’s ongoing success and preservation.
  4. Natural Refreshment: Bude sea pool enjoys a unique advantage – it is refreshed by the sea twice a day. As the tides roll in and out, the pool comes to life, exchanging its waters with the ocean. This natural process not only keeps the pool clean and invigorating but also adds a touch of enchantment to your experience.
  5. Location and Double-Dipping Fun: Nestled on Summerleaze Beach, Bude sea pool offers a prime location for the ultimate beach adventure. Here’s the insider tip: take advantage of the double-dipping opportunity! Dive into the exhilarating waves of the ocean, embrace the thrill, and then make your way to Bude sea pool for a tranquil and safe saltwater immersion. It’s the best of both worlds, allowing you to experience the untamed and the serene in one incredible visit.
  6. If you hire bodyboards from us as part of your stay, we donate £1/bodyboard/per to Bude Sea Pool. This allows our guests customers to hire well made, durable bodyboards for just £2 per day, with £1 going to Keep Britain Tidy and £1 to Bude Sea Pool charity.

So, whether you’re seeking a nostalgic journey through time or simply craving a refreshing dip in a saltwater oasis, Bude Sea Pool has it all. Embrace the vintage charm, support the local volunteers, and revel in the timeless beauty of this remarkable tidal pool. It’s an experience that promises to leave you with lasting memories and a deep appreciation for this exceptional piece of natural paradise.

The Times Best Sea Swimming Pools
Bude sea pool, a few minutes walk from 2 Canalside