Campsites near Cambridge

With its storied architecture and idyllic gardens, Cambridge is steeped in history and nature.

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Campsites near Cambridge guide

Overview

Nobel prize winners, literary legends, and royals have all called Cambridge home, and the university city provides a suitably grand backdrop. Architectural masterpieces are everywhere you turn, most notably King’s College Chapel and Corpus Christi College, but Cambridge is equally known for its green spaces. Stroll through the riverside parks of The Backs, picnic in the botanic gardens, then go punting along the River Cam—a quintessential experience. Campsites dot the outskirts of the city, and the best way to get around is by bike. Cycle between shops and museums, then join students for a beer at one of the many pubs.

Where to go

The Fens

Between Cambridge and Petersborough, the patchwork marshlands of the Fens stretch between the banks of the River Nene and Great River Ouse. Explore the flat landscapes by bike or on foot, spot wildlife or go fishing along the waterways, or admire the views from the water on a narrowboat cruise. Campsites are clustered around the market towns of Whittlesey, Chatteris, and Wisbech.

Suffolk Coast

Less than 1.5 hours from landlocked Cambridge, the Suffolk Coast AONB is a wildlife-watching paradise. Walking and cycling trails lead the way to wildflower-blanketed heathlands, shingle beaches, and coastal estuaries teeming with birds. Campers have plenty of options, whether you check into a holiday park, pitch your tent along the coast, or go glamping in the woods.

Norfolk

East of Cambridge, the coastal county of Norfolk has everything you need for a traditional British beach vacation. The beach resorts of Great Yarmouth, Hunstanton, and Cromer are favorites among campers and caravanners, with sandy beaches and brightly painted beach huts. Spend a day at the beach, paddle around Norfolk Broads wetlands on a canoe, and spot seals at Blakeney Point, then grab yourself some fish and chips to enjoy as you watch the sunset.

When to go

Cambridge is a year-round destination, and its lively student population means there’s always something happening in the city. Peak season is July and August, and popular sights can get overwhelmed by day-trippers—make an early start to get a jump on the crowds. University colleges are open for visits at this time, as well as select times throughout the student year, while punting is possible from April to October.

Know before you go

  • Cambridge has several camping and outdoors stores where you can pick up supplies for your camping trip. 
  • Cambridge has public transport links to many of the surrounding towns and attractions, but it is handy to have your own transport, especially if staying at rural campsites.
  • Most campsites require advance booking, and many ask for the full payment upfront. Be sure to check opening dates, as some campsites close in the winter months.
  • Wild camping is illegal throughout Cambridgeshire. 

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