Cave campsites in United Kingdom

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

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Sweet Knoll Farm

50 units · Motorhomes, Tents6 acres · Chapel En Le Frith, England
Sweet Knoll Farm, with six acres of flat land, is ideal for camping with breathtaking views in the Peak District . It is great for walking, cycling, horse riding and caving. Next to a working farm, it is surrounded by sheep grazing and is next to the Pennine Bridle Way. Castleton a short drive away is famous for it’s caverns blue john and speedwell.
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Oasis Camping

30 units · Motorhomes, Tents5 acres · England
Oasis Camping, Penally, TENBY SA70 7RX Oasis Camping is situated 1.75 miles west of Tenby on the main coast road, 350 yards from the National Park cliff walk with great public transport links. The service bus stopping hourly at entrance, train station and taxi rank 900yds towards Tenby. Campfires are allowed providing cradles are used which we can provide in addition to low priced fire wood. Oasis Camping caters for single campers, families and up to large groups, they will however have to deposit a refundable bond around £5pp, repaid after leaving.
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The View Camping

53 units · Tents14 acres · Poole, Dorset, South West England
Welcoming family camping with campfires and far-reaching views over Poole Harbour and the Purbeck Hills
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Coastal Glamping @Hillcroft Escapes

5 units · Glamping1 acre · Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, South Wales
A romantic shepherd's hut getaway for two on the Pembrokeshire coast within walking distance of Newgale Beach
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Farview campsite

25 units · Tents5 acres · Helston, England
The most south-westerly point in Britain,with the local rocks being dark green in colour, veined with white and red.spectacular sun sets , and comely coves Location on the outskirts of mullion,far view campsite is true to its name, the views are all about greenery that stretches out for miles around, fancy mixing up the coast and country? With mullion cove under a mile away from the campsite its handy for both A 15 minutes walk takes guest to mullion village which has 2 pubs a few village shops(open till 10pm) fish and chip shop. And of course being kernow a pasty shop There's also a chocolate factory that you can walk to from the site it takes 10 minutes Guest have 5 acres to spread out in , with toilets and showers fridges for campers to use, fire bowls free to have a fire at night, dogs are welcome but please bear in mind the presence of animals all around they are the live in residence. Donkey horses goats llamas and guancos
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Cadora Woods Glamping

5 units · Glamping3 acres · St Briavels, England
Hand-crafted shepherd's huts and yurts overlooking the Wye Valley.
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Bulstone Springs Devon Eco-Glamping

1 unit · Glamping40 acres · Devon, South West England
A unique combination of off-grid glamping and spa days in Devon
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American School Bus @ Woolacombe

1 unit · Glamping27 acres · Woolacombe, England
Texas School Bus – an authentic, beautifully converted American School Bus for a memory-filled and Insta-worthy stay on a truly stunning Sea View location near the beach in Woolacoombe, Devon! Freshly retired from the highways of Houston, Texas School Bus is the iconic split-screen American Yellow School Bus – or ‘Skoolie’ for aficionados – lovingly converted into a truly unique Glamping retreat. Gloriously spacious, there’s plenty to delight couples, families, and groups of friends alike. For starters, you’ll have a proper kitchen to whip up your own school dinners complete with a gas oven, hob, grill, sink, and cooking equipment galore (There’s even a seriously cool fridge freezer, to help you chill those essential holiday tipples!) Enjoy gastronomic delights at the dining table while enjoying the views through the panoramic windows, or outside enjoying a sizzling sunset supper on the barbecue. With toasty underfloor heating and a clean-burning wood stove you’ll be gorgeously snug. There’s a thoughtfully-chosen selection of books and games on board, and if music’s more your thing, remember to bring your Bluetooth speaker and choose your own groove. You could even plonk yourself down in the driver’s seat if you like…with the original cab fully intact, you can travel anywhere your imagination cares to take you! When it’s finally time to turn in, you’ll discover a king-sized John Lewis bed to the rear dressed in Egyptian cotton sheets and a gorgeous duvet. Flanked by windows, you’ll wake up to stunning sea views. If you miss out on claiming this for yourself, you’ll also find two comfy, John Lewis full-sized singles, and a really good sofa bed too. Freshen up with a shower and fluffy towels (there’s even an illuminated mirror and a plug socket for your hairdryer!) then it’s on with the important business of planning your day. Parked at the truly beautiful Lee Meadows Campsite on the Devon coast this cosy bus couldn’t be in a better spot for all kinds of fun and adventure - near gorgeous beaches and some of the most stunning walks around.
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Kite Hill Yurts

2 units · Glamping12 acres · Near Erwood, Wales
A yurt glamping site run by genuine yurt glamping experts on the edge of Builth Wells in Wales near the River Wye
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2 Luxury Hapus Yurts & Barn Kitchen

1 unit · Glamping20 acres · Abergele, Wales
A tranquil hideaway full of love, unique quirkiness and peace. Tucked away in the ancient woodland of the Conwy valley you will find Hapus Yurt. A peaceful glamping site, that includes two yurts, a converted barn, a cabin and wonderful grounds. Staying here you will feel a real sense of Welsh wilderness this remote location is only a short drive away from Snowdonia, the coast, historic towns, urban life and local castles. All year round Hapus Yurt is the perfect place to stay and relax with friends and loved ones, from summer days spent by the seaside followed by evenings in the garden under the stars, to mountain walks and winter evenings cozying up by the wood burning stoves in the yurt, Hapus Yurt is an unforgettable home from home. Come and visit our happy place in an ancient, undisturbed valley full of woodland and goodwill.
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Cave campsites in United Kingdom guide

Overview

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

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

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.

Wales

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. 

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