Our Top 10 UK Campsites
Camping is great. It’s an opportunity to explore the great outdoors and get away from the hustle and bustle that can overpower day to day life. Personally, I know that finding great campsites near me can be next to impossible, especially for those living in the city. Inspired, we at Caravans for Sale have put together a list of our top 10 camping and caravan sites in the UK with a range of sites suited for all, from families to groups of friends to those just looking for great caravan parks. So grab your camping chair, kick your feet up and take a look at what our top 10 have to offer!
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Picture courtesy of Runswick Bay Caravan & Camping Park
Located in the picturesque village of Runswick Bay, a mere 6 miles north of the popular seaside town of Whitby and a 10 minute stroll from the Bay’s beautiful sandy beach, this site is perfect for a weekend (or longer) stay year round. The site offers a host of well-maintained facilities for camping and caravanning pitches as well as mains water taps dotted around.
Runswick Bay is situated a few minutes from the Cleveland Way walk which takes you along breathtaking coastline to the north to Staithes, where the CBBC series Old Jack’s Boat was filmed - an ideal trip for families with small children - or to Whitby to the south. For those looking for scenery, views inland across the North York moors can be seen from the hilltop whilst the beach below is great for crabbing, rock pooling and fossil hunting.
As a family run park within a very dog friendly area (dogs are welcome in all the local shops, post office, cafes, restaurants and pubs) they pride themselves on excellent customer service and were awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2016.
Adults from £11 a night, children £6.50, under-fours £3.50, under 1s free.
One of our more luxury choices Trevalgan states that ‘camping at Trevalgan is anything but basic!’ As an award winning, five-star family camping and touring park only two miles from St Ives, it has something to offer everyone including stunning coastal and countryside views. Campers can choose from three options on Penwith peninsula:
With an extensive array of facilities available for all, there’s plenty of room for kids to play, easy beach access from the campsite and world-famous attractions such as Land’s End nearby.
Pitches from £16 to £25 per night. Adults from £5.50 a night, children £3.50, under-threes free.
Picture courtesy of Wardley Hill
Now in its fourth year, this campsite found on the edge of the Norfolk Broads is a breath of fresh air offering authentic, back-to-basics camping experiences and welcomes tents and small campervans. Don’t fancy pitching a tent yourself? Wardley Hill’s ‘Too Posh To Pitch’ options may be perfect for you, with a selection of ready made tents or huts to choose from. Guests pitch in clearings in the long grass with a selection of clearing sizes available for larger groups, and recycled washing machine drums can be hired for use as campfire pits or as an improvised barbecue. There are three clean composting toilets, a urinal, a fresh-water tap and an open topped shower with hot water. Dogs on leads are also welcome.
Their six-acre site has some woodland and a small stream as well as three seasonal ponds for safe exploring during the summer. What’s more they have a recreation field where both dogs and campers alike can run free, ideal for a game of cricket or frisbee. Rent a canoe from nearby Beccles to enjoy the Broads waterways.
Adult £6 a night, children £3.
Picture courtesy of Ninham Country Holidays
Ninham is a family run & award winning holiday park set in an idyllic location for camping, touring & self catering holidays. A quiet and rural campsite, it is well placed for exploration of the island and last-minute availability is likely due to the size of the park. With an outdoor family swimming pool, sports area with volleyball, badminton, boules and table tennis you can are guaranteed to have something to do even within the park. If you’d rather venture out, the seaside towns of Ventnoor and Shanklin are nearby for an easy cycle to visit and explore them.
Their mantra of ‘leave nothing but footprints’ speaks to the environmentally friendly nature of the park; recycling is the norm, not the exception. The diverse landscape that the Isle of Wight has to offer, ranging from beautiful vacant beaches to ancient woodland and grand Victorian architecture combined with a one of the highest records for sunshine makes Ninham a great place for a getaway.
Pitch from £3 a night, adult from £6.50 a night, children from £4.00, under-threes from £1.50.
Picture courtesy of Faerie Thyme
For those looking for some peace and quiet, Faerie Thyme guarantees this as a three-acre adult-only site that does not allow dogs. Campers have a choice of where to pitch - in the open camping meadow or in the more secluded woods. They offer tent pitches with firepits as well as vintage caravans that have their own garden area, hard-standings for small campervans and a space to relax by giant dreamcatchers or the site’s stone circle. Wet-room style bathrooms and both modern and spacious.
A stone’s throw away from Mynydd Llangyndeyrn standing stones (the apparent birthplace of Merlin and a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)) and a footpath nearby takes you on breath-taking walks with various mountains can be seen in all directions from the top of the common. Lastly the National Botanic Gardens are a mere 10 minutes away and are not to be missed.
Standard pitch for up to six £25 a night.
Picture courtesy of Lochranza Caravan & Camping Site
The local camping and caravanning site is set back from the village Lochranza, a fishing village on the shores of a small sea loch at the northern tip of the 19-mile-long Isle of Arran. Set in a spacious clearing, it is a short walk to the water’s edge and at one end, the site is surrounded by hills where red deer graze and golden eagles fly, while, at the other, a golf course fills the remaining space.
The campsite offers level grass pitches as well as hardstandings and electric hook ups. They have an array of facilities including hot showers with hairdryers, clean toilets and wash basins, dishwashing sinks, an outdoor cooking shelter and a chemical toilet disposal point. The reception block also hosts an information room, a laundry room and a shower and toilet for those with restricted mobility.
Pitch from £18 a night including two adults, children £4, under-six’s free.
Picture courtesy of Broadhembury Caravan & Camping Park
This campsite offers the option of either grass or hardstanding pitches, making it perfectly suited for caravans and campervans in any weather. Located in Kent there are an enormous range of activities to keep you entertained during your stay from fishing to visiting Dover castle. It is also a dog friendly park.
The park offers an array of facilities, with play areas for the kids, underfloor heated bathroom facilities with hot, soft water available throughout the day, a herb garden where guests can help themselves, a shop that sells all the essentials and more, including a fully equipped kitchen. This site is exclusively for families and couples - groups of friends are not permitted.
Pitch from £25 a night including 2 adults, children from £2.50 discounts available if only 1 child.
Heritage Coast boasts being an extremely dog friendly campsite based in the Brecon Beacons. It offers plenty of green space on site for your dog (and you) to enjoy coupled with a dog-friendly beach within walking distance.
Situated in the beautiful Vale of Glamorgan, there are 30 pitches for tents and campervans up for grabs spread across two paddocks, with electric hook-ups as an option too. The cafe on site serves freshly brewed coffee and snaps as well as local produce and we can’t forget the marshmallows that are crucial for evenings around the campfire.
A stable block houses toilets, showers and baby-change facilities and whilst campers aren’t allowed to use disposable BBQs, fire pits are available for hire.
Pitch from £16 a night including 2 adults, additional adults from £3, children from £2.50, under-twos free.
Picture courtesy of Sango Sands
Sango Sands is located in the least populated area in Britain. As an isolated campsite, it’s perfect for those looking for a peaceful getaway for a few days. Surrounded by mountains, the ocean and sitting on clifftops just above the award winning Sango Sands beach it offers privacy and some of the most picturesque views on offer.
The campsite is large and offers more than 120 pitches, 64 hook-ups, and plenty of showers and toilets. With an on-site bar and restaurant you won’t have to venture too far out of your remote spot here and can enjoy your quiet getaway without interruptions.
Adults from £8 a night, 1st child £6, 2nd child £3, additional children and under-fives free.
Picture courtesy of Cofton Country Holidays
Cofton Country Holidays is the perfect spot for families with young children as there are pools, play areas and fun activities throughout this site. It is surrounded by woodland and is only a mere mile away from the nearest beach, so there is plenty to keep you and your family busy.
The site offers pitches for both tents and caravans and electric hookups are also available. Running low on supplies? The shop on site has got you covered. Hungry - don’t feel like cooking? The on site restaurants are there for you so you can kick back, relax and grab a bite to eat. Dogs are welcome on site and there are showers and a launderette.
There you have it, our pick of the top 10 campsites in the UK - keep an eye out for our badge on their sites. Rest assured knowing that your weekend getaway will be great at one of these camping and caravan sites. So don’t hesitate and book one of these places now whilst spaces are available!
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