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Campsites in United Kingdom

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Campsites in United Kingdom

Misty highlands, rugged sea-cliffs, and idyllic villages await campers in the UK's four nations.

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Glamping at Parley by PitchingIt

12 units · Glamping1 acre · ENGSet on the Parley Estate near Bournemouth, with a Georgian mansion sitting in four-acres of lovely Dorset parkland, Glamping at Parley by PitchingIt offers pre-erected bell tents on level grass meadows. No fuss, no puzzling tent poles to mess around with. Just arrive on site, move in and your holiday has started. Local attractions and activities include: - Bournemouth Beach & town centre for shops and restaurants 5min drive - Golf: on site 18 hole course and driving range! - Local pub short 10 min walk - Adventure Wonderland (kids’ theme park): five minutes’ drive - Snowtrax Alpine Activity Centre: 10 minutes - Go Ape Moors Valley (tree-top zipwires): 15 minutes - Bournemouth Beach: 15 minutes - Splashdown (water park): 20 minutes - Moors Valley Country Park and Forest: 20 minutes - Mudeford Sandbank: 20 minutes - Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum: 20 minutes - Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park: 25 minutes.
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Cornish Tipi Holidays & Camping

127 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents1 acre · St Kew, CornwallWake up to the sound of birdsong, go swimming before breakfast in the clear water of a secluded lake. Cook your bacon and eggs over an open fire while you plan your day, or just laze it away in the peace and quiet of your own personal tipi. You can always go fishing tomorrow, and walk along the cliffs the day after that…The site is unique. A woodland valley folded around a clear, spring-fed lake created from the old Tregildrans Quarry. Our tipis and tent pitches are dotted about this secret 20 acres clothed in ferns and bluebells, oak and meadowsweet.  Left in peace for many years there's been no modern chemicals & poisons on the land, meaning we've got bluebells & dormice, Red Admirals & shy woodland Jays for you to spot. It’s a place a world apart from the rush and clutter of the modern holiday experience, with an atmosphere that makes you forget the world outside, and just lounge, ramble, or potter about in a boat. We're committed to giving you a genuinely individual service from first contact to your time staying with us. We established CTH in 1996. This was the first and we believe still is the best tipi holiday site in the UK. We know our area inside out and can always help with a little local knowledge or contacts if you need them. We want to offer our guests a really sustainable holiday. A return to real camping means the lowest possible impact on the land and environment - our tipi poles don’t even break the surface of the earth. Your footprint while here could only be bettered by a survival expert. You don't have to fly! a major bonus, and we source all our wood, fish and canvas locally and work with local people wherever possible.
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Glamping at Redricks

41 units · Glamping2 acres · Sawbridgeworth, HertfordshireBeautiful natural lakes glamping site in East Hertfordshire surrounded by farm and fields. The site has one area for glamping and another for camping guests who bring their own tent. There are showers, toilets and mobile washing up sinks in the fields and cold drinking water, as well as kitchen facilities and a BBQ at each glamping unit. Each bell tent has firepits in the open field but not in the wooded areas. It's a 10-minute drive into Sawbridgeworth (or a lovely gentle half-hour walk beside the River Stort following the Stort Valley Way). In town, take a look around the Tudor House Gallery (01279 600112), gathering treats for yourself from the gift shop, or visit some of the many antique shops in the town. If activities are more your style, then you can make use of the various riding stables that are dotted around Sawbridgeworth and Harlow. Hoskins Farm Riding Stables (01279722165) is less than 10 minutes' drive away and caters for all experience levels. The art gallery, Parndon Mill (01279426042) is also nearby taking just over 10 minutes to reach, they have lots of arts and crafts exhibitions and also host various art classes throughout the week. There are several good pubs within walking distance of Glamping at Redricks. The Moorhen (01279 423066) is over a half-hour walk away – casual and relaxed and good for families with kids, you can enjoy their wide range of beers, wines and dinner options in their sunny beer garden. Half an hour's walk will also get you to The Plume of Feathers (01279 424154), where they have a new stone-baked pizza oven and a patio with an outdoor bar, and The Dusty Miller (01279424180) – both are in nearby Gilston.
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Dunes at Whitesands Camping

24 units · Motorhomes, Tents10 acres · St Davids, PembrokeshireMembership of the Greener Camping Club is compulsory at this site. Dunes at Whitesands Camping spacious hideaway and meadow camping, just a short walk from the amazing Whitesands Beach. Relax away from the busy crowds on your own private pitch, our pitches are huge and allow you to experience your own piece of wild Pembrokeshire countryside. The site is in a perfect location for strolls to the beach or the Pembrokeshire Coast Path and less than a 5 min drive to the beautiful Cathedral City of St.David's. There are distant sea views from parts of the site, amazing night skies and the sound of the crashing waves are all part of the Dunes experience, along with modern clean facilities and peaceful chilled evenings by the campfire. In order to comply with countryside planning policy, we operate as a Greener Camping Club members-only campsite. The Club was established by people with a passion for sustainable, eco-friendly camping holidays. When you book your holiday with us, you must join the Club. Membership costs just £12 for the calendar year and gives you access to some of the greenest campsites in the UK. It also includes participation in the Club's 'Trees for Life' scheme, whereby a tree is planted for every member we enrol. During there high season (May Bank Holiday week and the months of July and August) we only take week bookings, Saturday to Saturday. For all other dates we have a 2 night minimum stay. Currently high season dates are not bookable through this platform, please visit our site direct for availability and booking. 5 Campervan pitches with EHU (one that is hideaway-Guillemot) 9 Hideaway camping pitches (one with EHU - Fulmar). 8 Meadow camping pitches EHU available on 5 of these. WE DO NOT ALLOW DOGS All bookings must include a responsible parent. Persons under the age of 21 years must be accompanied by their parent/s. Our little site has 23 private pitches set in 10-acres of wild Pembrokeshire Countryside. All pitches are far larger than standard campsites - some are the size of a five-a-side football pitch! This means that you get plenty of space to spread out. Simply, no pitches are shared with other bookings, the space you can see in our pitch photos is exclusively for your party. Our pitches are exceptionally spacious, with 23 family pitches. There are 10 Hideaway pitches and 13 huge private meadow pitches. Campervans are permitted on pitches Chough, Kite, Buzzard, Hawk and Guillemot. We do not accept caravans. Each pitch has plenty of space and is complete with fire pit, and picnic table. This is an idyllic location boasting fantastic views, spectacular sunsets, peace and quiet and yet just a stroll from Whitesands Beach and a brisk walk into St Davids. New modern luxury shower block which includes a family bathroom, 6 flushing toilets , 6 showers, washing up facilities, fridges / freezers, phone charging points and a washing machine (extra cost per wash).
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Dreamy Hollow Woodland Campsite

20 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents7 acres · Kings Lynn, NorfolkBrimming in wartime history, Dreamy Hollow is home to three-and-a-half acres of Word War I training trenches and beautiful woodland pitches
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Star Field Camping

21 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents1 acre · Cranbrook, KentOff-grid camping and glamping in the High Weald of Kent with campfires, acres of space and a farm shop on site
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Kingsmead Camping

37 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents10 acres · Devon Ex15 3 Tr, DevonA range of pitches, from grassy open spaces to off-grid woodland clearings, topped off by two well-stocked fishing lakes
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Cowpots Camping

18 units · Motorhomes, Tents60 acres · Ciffig, CarmarthenshireCamping with 'en-pitch' facilities on a working farm that produces the finest homemade ice-cream for miles
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Camping in Nature at Vallis Veg

15 units · Tents18 acres · Frome, SomersetBack-to-basics, natural camping with campfires encouraged and easy walks to the local attractions in Frome
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Graig Wen - Wild Snowdonia Escapes

30 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents45 acres · Nr Dolgellau, GwyneddSuccumb to the tranquil hills of Graig Wen. Smart, sustainable and quite simply, lush.
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Preseli Glamping

29 units · Glamping, Tents1 acre · Haverfordwest, PembrokeshireCamping and glamping in a quiet corner of a Pembrokeshire adventure centre, with a bar on the doorstep and a beach down the road
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Apple Camping.

14 units · Glamping2 acres · Pembrokeshire Sa70 8 Rx, PembrokeshireYurts and quirks in a Pembrokeshire meadow, where there's a couple of aeroplanes, a UFO and a giant PacMan-themed glamping pod to discover
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From tent-only campsites in the Scottish Highlands to campervan-friendly campsites on the Cornish coast, the United Kingdom is a beautiful and varied landscape. And, when it comes to camping, the difference between pitching your tent at one campsite and parking your campervan at another can be extreme. The one thing that we know, however, is whether it’s a tiny, tents-only getaway on a Scottish island or a mountain glamping retreat in the Welsh Hills, our recommendations are all checked, approved and recommended as some of the very best places you can stay. Camping in the UK is fun and suits every type of camper—think glamping sites dotted with tipis, yurts, or bell tents; a treehouse getaway in the heart of the forest; or family-friendly holiday parks with a sea view. Showers are a mainstay of the British weather, but camping and outdoor adventures are still possible year-round. Take your pick from the nations—England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland—to explore the lakelands, moorlands, and woodlands, where the landscapes transform with the seasons. Browse our collection of the best campsites in the UK, then simply pick your favourite UK campsite, book online, pack the car and head on your UK camping holiday.

The best campsites in the UK

We’ve toured the UK by bike, car, campervan and everything in between to discover the very best campsites out there. We don’t go doing it with any specific criteria at hand—we’re not looking for a strict number of facilities or a certain number of stars—we’re more interested in the atmosphere of the campsite, the friendliness of the owners and the all-round camping experience. Put simply, we look for the very best campsites in the UK and, if we love them, we recommend them.

This collection brings together what we feel are the very best campsites in the UK. Forget noisy holiday parks and big waves of caravans and instead think of independently run, friendly farm campsites where campfires are permitted, tents reign supreme and children can make new friends in the long wild grass of the camping meadow. If you’re planning a camping holiday in the UK, then you’ve come to the right place.

In England, we took our trusty VW campervan Tallulah and hit the roads in Cornwall, taking in some of the best seaside campsites around before packing our tent and venturing into Devon and beyond into the rest of South West England. Meanwhile, more of the team has explored the countryside of the South East, the rolling down lands where sheep farmers have turned fields into superb summer campsites and foodie adventurers have planted vineyards or apple orchards. Across the border, Wales has become one of the most popular UK destinations for camping, the mighty mountains of Snowdonia set in contrast to the dramatic coastline around Pembrokeshire where eco-friendly campsites have opened in their dozens in recent years, offering smaller places to pitch your tent and enjoy the seaside.

In Scotland, space is never at a premium and campsites can generally be booked at slightly shorter notice. Nevertheless, our journeys here have taken us from busy campsites at the foot of Ben Nevis to truly hidden treasures on the Orkney Isles or out on the Outer Hebrides. South of the border, the north of England also has scenery to match, whether it’s the waters and peaks of the Lake District or the glorious Yorkshire Dales. The Yorkshire coast is a particularly fond spot of ours too, quieter than the UK coast further south but just as spectacular.

Tent camping in the UK

While fun-filled holiday parks with music nights, late night bars and indoor swimming pools all have their time and place, we prefer to focus on the other side of camping. That’s campsites on farms, country estates and in private meadows; independently run campsites where you meet the owner on arrival, not just a member of staff and you really get to camp amongst nature.

Many of our UK campsites are for tents only, with no caravans permitted. Most, however, do allow campervans—especially smaller campervans like VWs—to pitch up, and some welcome campervans, motorhomes, caravans and trailer tents as well. It all depends on what kind of campsite you're looking for.

You can’t beat proper camping in a tent. Arriving, setting up the tent, trying to find the right poles, bending a peg or two...it’s all part of the fun of camping. A family trial that brings everyone together. And, once it’s up, there’s something about the impermanence of a tent that gives you that extra closeness to nature—the idea that you are temporarily encroaching on a wild environment, not that it is encroaching on you. With a campfire going, children making new friends and the sun setting, you realise that taking a tent and camping the good ol’ fashioned way is just as exciting as it ever was.

The UK's most popular camping regions

Unsurprisingly, there is no one single place in the UK that we can pick as the very best place to go on a camping holiday. Campsites, of course, each have their own individual merits, as do the regions of the UK and Britain. Campsites in Scotland are touch to compare with those in the south of England, for example, and the landscapes of Wales, England and Scotland are all beautiful but very different.

So what do the stats show? Where are the most popular camping destinations? Which UK campsites are most campers heading to these days?

For the most part, the South West of England is undoubtedly one of the most popular camping destinations. It has one of the highest number of online searches of any region and, when summer rolls around each year, campers in their droves line up to drive to the Cornish coast, to Devon and to Dorset to pick their way along sandy beaches or walk the coastal paths. While reliable summer weather (reliable for the UK, at least) and miles of coastline give an obvious appeal, the south west is quieter during the winter season when some campsites are still open for business and many UK glamping sites are also welcoming visitors all year round. Further north, the mountainous regions of England and particularly the national parks, also attract some of the highest number of campers. The Lake District remains one of the most popular areas of hills, while the Peak District National Park has speedier access for those in the well-populated south east of England, who also tend to camp close to home in campsites around London or in more local national parks such as the South Downs or the New Forest.

In Wales, the mountains of the Brecon Beacons are a popular highlight in the south, while Snowdonia dominates the north. The latter also gives rise to a dramatic coastline where mountains plunge into the sea, while Pembrokeshire and places like the Gower are arguably the most popular coastal spots. For real seclusion, the best bet is sometimes to retreat slightly inland and find smaller farm campsites, where a real rural location lends a quieter, less crowded feel in the height of summer.

In Scotland, discerning the most popular camping holiday destinations isn’t easy. The freedom of wild camping and the popularity of freely moving by campervan or motorhome makes the whole country, rather than any one region, a camping haven. Road-tripping through Scotland is hugely popular and the north west of the country is considered one of the most popular areas for this. Taking in the Isle of Skye and some of the remote peninsulas in the west is a real highlight, then catching the ferry and hopping between islands off the western coast. National parks like the Cairngorms are popular with hikers and Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park lends itself to watersports enthusiasts too. Of course, highly populated regions like Glasgow and Edinburgh mean local camping for city dwellers is also popular, with campsites nearby for those who only want the shortest of short breaks.

Camping on the UK coast

Ah yes, what a joy it is to live on an island. One of the best things about Britain being and island nation is that, wherever you live in Britain and, indeed in the UK, you are never more than 70-odd miles from the seaside. Our coastline is twice as long as Spain’s and three times that of France and, when it comes to coastal camping, we really are well and truly blessed with some of the best seaside sites that Europe has to offer. In fact, seaside camping in this country is so good that, in 2018, we even went ahead and wrote an entire guidebook about it – Hipcamp Coast – which, really, was just a good excuse for us to do yet more exploring around the coastline of Britain. Those fish and chips won’t eat themselves.

Camping on the UK coast isn’t just about the mainland either. We’re blessed with a number of smaller islands off our coastline, whether it’s the almost tropical feel of the Isles of Scilly off of Cornwall or the wind swept islands off the coast of Western Scotland. The Isle of Wight in the south is particular popular with summer holiday makers and hosts a number of music festivals each year, while, for a really remote escape, we also recommend some incredible campsites on the Orkney Islands.

For the best seaside campsites we’ve already put together a dedicated online guide and there are heaps of seaside glamping options too. So whether it’s the North Norfolk coast or a family trip to Pembrokeshire, we’re bound to know of a campsite that’s right for your holiday.

Wild camping in the UK

Wild camping – pitching your tent in an area that is not an official campsite – is not a public right in the UK and the rules and regulations on wild camping will vary depending on where you are. In much of Scotland, for example, wild camping is legal and permitted, while in almost all of England, wild camping is not allowed. To a certain extent, the laws on wild camping are a technicality. After all, the etiquette of wild camping – that you will be unobtrusive, unheard and leave no trace – mean that, if you do it properly, no one will ever know you were there.

From a legal point of view, we always recommend checking the laws within the area you want to go camping to make sure you’re doing things right! A handful of well known places do allow wild camping – Dartmoor National Park is a popular wild camping spot in the South West and wild camping is always popular in Scotland (though recently some national parks have banned wild camping in certain areas). Your best bet is to check before you go and, if you do wild camp, always follow the wild camping code of conduct. For more information, there are plenty of wild camping blogs and advice pages on our website.

If you love the idea of wild camping but are worried about the laws or don’t want the stress associated with being truly ‘wild’ then there are plenty of almost wild campsites out there that offer a back-to-basics camping experience but still with the security of a proper campsite. Check out our almost wild camping guide for a full collection of campsites where things like showers and proper flushing loos aren’t important and getting back to nature is the name of the game.

Where to Go

North England

Rolling green hills, glassy lakes, and windswept heathlands await campers in the north of England. Pitch your tent by the lakeside in the Lake District National Park, where you can hike Wordsworth’s walks, enjoy kayaking or paddleboarding on the lakes, then drink a beer with the locals in a traditional country pub. Further north, the North York Moors are blanketed with purple heather through the summer months, while the woodlands of the Yorkshire Dales dazzle with red and orange leaves come fall.  

South England

From the pretty stone villages of the Cotswolds to the lively beach resorts of Brighton and Devon, the south is home to some of the most picturesque UK campsites. Southeast of London, the verdant countryside of Kent is the destination-of-choice for glampers escaping urban life, while woodland walks and caravan parks are found throughout the New Forest National Park. To the west, the wind-beaten coastline and surf beaches of Dorset and Cornwall provide a dramatic backdrop for summer camping.  


Scotland’s rugged highlands and mist-shrouded lochs are beloved by hikers, and you can enjoy everything from short walks to epic long-distance trails. Head to the Cairngorms, the UK’s largest national park, to hike and camp in summer, or hit the ski slopes, then cozy up with a haggis dinner in the winter months. Intrepid campers can spend a night in a remote shepherd’s hut, check into a glampsite with a hot tub, or even go wild camping—Scotland is the only place in the UK where it’s permitted.


Don’t be fooled by its small size—Wales offers plenty of opportunities for adventure. Hike between sandy beaches and soaring sea cliffs along the Wales Coast Path, try surfing or coasteering along the Pembrokeshire coast, or explore the Snowdonia and Brecon Beacons national parks. Hire a campervan or motorhome, and you can easily hop between city, beach, and countryside all in one day. 

Northern Ireland

A short flight or ferry ride from the mainland, the UK’s smallest country has medieval castles, ancient forests, and jaw-dropping coastal panoramas. Take a road trip along the Causeway Coastal Route, stopping to marvel at the Giant's Causeway, or visit Game of Thrones filming sites. Camping and glamping sites are plentiful, whether you choose to bring your own tent, hire a caravan or motorhome, or even check into a holiday park with a swimming pool. 

Frequently Asked Questions

In the UK, wild camping is generally not allowed in most national parks without permission from the landowner. There are, however, a few exceptions:

1. Dartmoor National Park in England allows wild camping in certain areas, as long as campers follow the Dartmoor Wild Camping Code.

2. In Scotland, wild camping is permitted under the Scottish Outdoor Access Code in most undeveloped areas, including the Cairngorms and Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Parks. However, there are some areas with seasonal camping restrictions, such as the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park's Camping Management Zones, where you must camp within designated areas or obtain a permit.

It is always important to follow the principles of Leave No Trace and respect the environment when wild camping. If you prefer designated camping areas, many national parks in the UK offer campgrounds and caravan sites, such as those found in the Lake District, including Ullswater.

Yes, you can legally camp in the UK. However, the rules and regulations for camping vary depending on the location. In England and Wales, you generally need the landowner's permission to camp on private land. There are numerous designated campgrounds and caravan parks available for campers, which can be booked in advance.

In Scotland, the right to camp is more flexible due to the Scottish Outdoor Access Code, which allows wild camping in most unenclosed land, provided you follow the guidelines and respect the environment.

National parks, such as the Lake District and Peak District, have designated camping areas and some restrictions on wild camping. It's essential to research the specific area you plan to camp in and adhere to local regulations.

Yes, there is free camping in the UK, but it varies depending on the location and the rules of the specific area. In England and Wales, wild camping is generally not permitted without the landowner's permission. However, in some remote areas like Dartmoor National Park, wild camping is allowed in designated zones. In Scotland, wild camping is legal and widely accepted, thanks to the Scottish Outdoor Access Code, as long as campers follow responsible practices and respect the environment.

There are many beautiful and diverse camping locations throughout the United Kingdom. Some popular and scenic options include:

  1. Lake District National Park: Known for its stunning lakes, mountains, and picturesque landscapes, the Lake District offers a variety of campsites and glamping options.
  2. Peak District National Park: With its rolling hills, limestone gorges, and charming villages, the Peak District is a great place to camp for both families and adventure seekers.
  3. Cornwall: Famous for its beautiful beaches and coastal scenery, Cornwall offers a range of campsites and holiday parks.
  4. Isle of Skye: This Scottish island is known for its dramatic landscapes, including the Old Man of Storr and the Quiraing. There are several campsites available on the island.
  5. Snowdonia National Park: Located in Wales, Snowdonia National Park boasts stunning mountain scenery, lakes, and wooded valleys. It offers a variety of campsites, including some with facilities for tents and caravans.
  6. New Forest National Park: This park in southern England is known for its ancient woodlands, open heaths, and roaming ponies. It offers a range of campsites, from basic to more luxurious options.

These are just a few examples of the many wonderful places to camp in the UK. There are countless other locations to explore and enjoy, depending on your interests and preferences.

Yes, there are free campsites in the UK, but they are limited and often referred to as "wild camping." Wild camping is the practice of setting up camp outside of designated campgrounds. While it's generally not allowed in England and Wales (except for some parts of Dartmoor National Park), wild camping is more accepted in Scotland, where the Land Reform Act (2003) permits camping on most unenclosed land.

Please note that wild camping should be done responsibly, following the principles of "Leave No Trace" and respecting landowners' rights. It's always best to seek permission from the landowner before setting up camp. Alternatively, consider staying at low-cost campsites or caravan parks for a more secure and legal option.

Camping costs in the United Kingdom can vary depending on the location and facilities provided. On average, you can expect to pay between £10-£30 per night for a tent pitch or basic campsite, with prices increasing for campsites that offer more amenities such as showers, toilets, and electric hook-ups. For more luxurious glamping options, prices can range from £50-£150 per night. Keep in mind that prices may be higher during peak seasons and in popular tourist areas. To find affordable camping options in Yorkshire, you can explore Hipcamp.

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