Tourists Are Flocking to This 'Magical' Holiday Wonderland — Even Though It's Just a Plastic Tunnel Outside a Supermarket
There’s a particular spot in England that you might not think of as a tourist attraction — until you see it during Christmas.
A plastic tunnel, called the Bude Tunnel, connects a parking lot to an adjacent supermarket in Bude, Cornwall, England. At any other time of year, it’s a fairly innocuous area. However, it’s actually listed as a tourist attraction on TripAdvisor.
In fact, back in September, the tunnel was actually ranked one of the best attractions in the area on the site, with more than 160 comments on it, many of which rated it as “excellent,” according to the BBC. It’s since been nicknamed “Britain’s unlikeliest tourist attraction.”
According to the tunnel’s profile on TripAdvisor, it consists of 36 metal arches and is over 70 meters (nearly 230 feet) long. “Nowhere else in Bude can you walk this far undercover in a continuous straight line,” it says on the profile.
Even though it’s a popular spot during most of the year, it’s especially “magical,” according to reviews on TripAdvisor, in December. And looking at the photos, it’s easy to see why.
People have been flocking to the tunnel to ring in the holiday season. The tunnel itself is outfitted with thousands of multicolored Christmas lights, making it a truly Instagram-worthy destination.
Still, there are a few doubters who are puzzled by the tunnel’s popularity, according to Cornwall Live. Many other reviewers don’t seem to understand the tunnel’s hilarious and ironic draw. One reviewer said, “Folks I'm not even sure why this has been created as a place! It's a Perspex tunnel at the side of a supermarket - we did use it as the Sainsbury's car park is free for 90 mins so it came in handy but I wouldn't go out of your way to visit and I certainly don't think it's of any architectural importance,” according to Cornwall Live.
The official lighting of the tunnel took place on Dec. 7, and the lights will continue to be up through Dec. 13, according to the BBC. Hopefully the massive influx of visitors will convince the tunnel owners to keep the lights up for a few more weeks. Maybe even a gift shop is in order.