Dog-friendly camping in Suffolk

With beaches, wild waterways, and ancient forests, Suffolk is a camping haven on England’s east coast.

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Hill Farm Secluded Camping

5 units · Motorhomes, Tents4 acres · Darsham, England
Fancy some secluded downtime exploring rural coastal Suffolk? The tree-shaded pitches at Hill Farm are in a peaceful setting near the market towns of Saxmundham and Halesworth, and handily accessible from the A12, as well as to the coast and pretty villages, historical hamlets, and popular seaside towns, such as Southwold and Aldeburgh. This is a site that welcomes families and groups of friends, and it's dog-friendly too (there’s a 4-acre woodland to the north of the site that's great for dog walking). The site has good TV reception for relaxing indoors on damp or chilly days. The popular village of Westleton (10 minutes’ drive) has a village store, a farm shop, a garage and 2 pubs; and if you fancy a change from cooking, there is also a nice pub and a tearoom, in the Darsham village area (only 5 minutes drive or a 30 minute walk away through some lovely fields). Back on site, there are a toilet cabins with hot running water, plus other facilities including 4 showers, a portaloo, and a washing machine, grey waste and chemical toilet disposal and recycling points. Wi-fi is nearly all over the site too. The shared facilities at the top of the site also has a fridge and a washing up area, with a warm water tap, a nearby kettle and a plug socket for charging mobiles. Lighting and wifi is also provided. Please not that dogs must be kept on a lead at all times, and sorry, no campfires are allowed at the moment.
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Rushbanks Farm Caravan and Camping

7 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents4 acres · Suffolk, East Anglia
Riverside camping and bell tents in Constable's countryside, right in the heart of Suffolk's Dedham Vale
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Holistic Woods Campsite WILD

33 units · Glamping20 acres · Woodbridge, England
We are a WILD campsite with character and history. Our most popular pitch is our beautiful SSSI woodland. There are only 25 pitches available. We have a mid wild pitch on the outskirts of the woods, lovely grassed area between trees. Our top field is perfect for motorhomes & caravans. Plenty of space to breath and relax. Located on the stunning heathlands of the Sutton Heath. We are surrounded by beautiful woodland walks, including the Sandlings walk and just 10 minutes from the river Deben. We have a bus stop at the top of the track and Melton train station is a 20 minute walk or 5 minute drive. There are access points onto public footpaths, leading to Rendlesham Forest. A famous site for UFOs! Sutton Hoo is a stone's throw away. Bring your bikes and explore the area on wheels. There is water access and portaloos. We do not have showers yet. Blue/grey waste must be taken away. LEAVE NO TRACE
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Barn Owl Camping

10 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents5 acres · Suffolk, England
Dog-friendly camping and shepherd’s huts in rural Suffolk
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Arthur's Retreat Suffolk

5 units · Motorhomes5 acres · Diss, England
A year-round lakeside site for motorhomes and caravans in Suffolk
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Hillside Farm Camping

12 units · Glamping, Tents1 acre · Market Weston, England
Camping with campfires on the Norfolk-Suffolk border
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Buxhall Country Glamping

4 units · Glamping1 acre · Buxhall, England
Every comfort in the great outdoors with a local pub just a short stroll away and a perfectly peaceful location in rural Suffolk
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Brick Kiln Farm Campsite

4 units · Motorhomes, Tents2 acres · England
You can expect peace and quiet in this small rural retreat. 18+ campsite. Camp fires. Shower block. Kitchen and undercover seating. Walk across the fields to the pub and shop. Honesty shop on site. Dog friendly. Tents/motorhomes/campervans all welcome. No EHU but access to plugs on site. Wifi. Close to Woodbridge, Snape, Aldeburgh, Thorpeness.
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Shottisham Campsite & Smallholding

1 unit · Motorhome, Tent10 acres · Woodbridge, England
Situated just a brief ten-minute drive away from the stunning coastline and merely five minutes from Sutton Hoo, this welcoming site is perfectly positioned for exploring all that Suffolk has to offer. Embracing a commitment to sustainable, low-impact living, the campsite aims to preserve its natural surroundings. Visitors have the option to settle into one of the site's 50 generously-sized pitches, 30 of which are equipped with electric hook-up. Spread across five small fields adorned with native trees and bushes, these pitches cater to tents, campervans, motorhomes, caravans, and RVs. For those in search of a touch of luxury, a 6m bell tent awaits, providing an ideal glamping experience. Housing up to five guests, the bell tent boasts a king-sized bed, double futon sofa-bed, single futon chair bed, complete bedding, electric amenities, a small fridge, and a kettle. Outside, a spacious decking area beckons with a shaded table and chairs, accompanied by a fire pit, gas BBQ, and a hot plate, setting the scene for delightful al fresco dining (complete with cooking utensils and crockery). Nestled within a smallholding, the campsite is home to rare breed pigs, alpacas, goats, and chickens, and guests are invited to join in the evening feeding sessions. Depending on the season, visitors may even have the chance to meet baby alpacas, goats, chicks, piglets, and more. Campfires are permitted in designated fire pits, available for hire on-site, and firewood can be purchased (though guests are welcome to bring their own). Dogs are welcome on secure leads, and the campsite offers direct access to walking trails meandering through acres of picturesque countryside.
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Toad Hall Lodges

7 units · Glamping1 acre · Reydon, Suffolk, East Anglia
Toad Hall Lodges, nestled within Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is space to relax, reconnect with nature, and explore the beautiful Suffolk countryside. Take life at your own pace, welcome the day with yoga on the deck, gaze at the clear, star-filled night skies, and embrace the perfect harmony of luxury living in the great outdoors.
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The Cross Keys Community Camping

2 units · Tents1 acre · England
We are a group of people who feel passionately about creating a kinder, brighter, less-divisive society. We opened The Cross Keys in June 2023 as a space where we could bring our vision into a reality. Most of our team are volunteers who are offering their time for free for many reasons. Please ask one of our team why the pub is helping them as well as them helping the pub. Many people are finding that by volunteering they are able to tackle some of their mental health issues. All of us are thriving by being together, working as a team and supporting each other. We're not your average pub and never set out to be so please come with no expectations apart from connecting with some lovely people. We are also passionate about supporting local businesses so you won't see mainstream brands like Coca-Cola, Sprite or Carlsberg here. Instead you'll find brands you know we've researched and feel happy to serve. We also support local farmers so all our food comes from as small an area as possible. We'd love to serve everything organic and local but currently that's not possible so we try and serve mostly local, mostly organic products but all are 100% sourced with love. We hope you like it here. The pub has given us all a lot of faith in people and every day it shows us how kind the majority of people are. There are various activities running through the week but most stop during the school holidays. We have a home education group, pilates, meditation, acoustic musicians, our own darts team, disco nights, open mic nights, bands and Sunday brunch. The pub is open as a pub from Thursday lunch to Saturday 12-2.30pm and 5-10.30pm (ish) and for our Sunday brunch 10am-12pm. We serve authentic Ghanian food, pizzas, nachos, our own chips and a couple of specials each week. Everything is made with a lot of love.
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Blue Sky Huts

2 units · Glamping2 acres · Beccles, Suffolk, East Anglia
Our beautiful shepherd huts lie in a private two acre nature reserve in the heart of the Suffolk countryside. Sympathetically managed the meadow evolves throughout the year and offers the perfect spot to switch off from everyday life. You can be as active or chilled as you like! Simply relaxing on site enjoying the peace and tranquillity and seeing what wildlife comes to visit is a perfect way to spend a day. Alternatively there are endless possibilities for things to do. Some options include, hiring one of our onsite bikes and heading to the next door village for a vineyard tour, or a little further afield you can visit a brewery and sample their ales. Or why not pop to the coast for a day at the beach - Southwold, Walberswick, Aldeburgh and Covehithe are all within a short drive and offer completely different experiences. Do you love the arts? If so in our local town we have The Cut arts centre who regularly hold an ecclectic mix of live performances and exhibitions. The world famous Snape Maltings is just down the road with internationally renowned artists performing. In addition we are a great spot from which to enjoy Latitude festival!
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Dog-friendly camping in Suffolk guide

Overview

With unspoilt countryside that inspired many of Constable’s paintings, meandering waterways, and a coastline with truly beautiful beaches, Suffolk is a great choice for a camping holiday. Its diverse landscape lends itself to all manner of outdoor activities perfect for any trip—from riding through Breckland forests to catching waves on the North Sea. Art lovers can take time to explore the area affectionately nicknamed Constable Country, after Suffolk native John Constable, while history buffs can immerse themselves in Ipswich, or visit wool towns that hark back to Suffolk’s trading past. Winter wanderers are in for a treat too, with annual bird migrations, coastlines, and cosy pubs making the county a cold-season favourite. And campsites make the most of all of these natural assets. While some might complain that there’s no motorway across East Anglia, we think that’s part of its charm. Much of the county is rural, and some of the best campsites in Suffolk are also some of the most basic—farm meadows, countryside tent sites, and caravan-friendly woodlands.

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Bury St. Edmunds

Another historic city encircled by sprawling greenery, Bury St. Edmunds is best known for its ruined abbey, cathedral, and enormous surrounding parks. Hikers and bikers can follow routes through the Abbey Gardens, Fullers Mill Garden, or West Stow Country Park, or simply use the area’s rural campgrounds as a gateway to Thetford Forest Park to the north or Cambridge to the west.

The Brecks

Straddling the border between Suffolk and Norfolk, this ancient coniferous woodland draws outdoor explorers with its balmy climate, sports trails, flora, and fauna. Most trees are in Thetford Forest, the largest manmade lowland forest in the country, which offers a bit of adventure with a wealth of walking, running, and cycling trails, plus some high ropes. Caravan parks and tent pitches are plentiful in the area, and the nearby town of Brandon is also home to the enormous Brandon Country Park, which appears on many Breckland nature trails.

The Broads

Another shared attraction with Suffolk’s northerly neighbour, the winding waterways of The Norfolk Broads National Park are a boater’s paradise. The Suffolk section is known as the Waveney Valley, centring on the river of the same name. Spend a lazy day sailing from Bungay to Lowestoft, stopping for lunch in a waterside pub garden, or relaxing at a campsite right on the water with easy access to the best fishing and wild swimming spots. The Broads are a great area to camp and explore with 125 miles of peaceful waterways perfect for cruising, kayaking, and wildlife watching.

Suffolk Coast

Arguably Suffolk’s greatest attraction, this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty boasts more than 50 miles of unspoilt coastline, stretching all the way from Harwich, Essex, to Lowestoft on the Norfolk border. Its idyllic villages, dune-backed beaches, and year-round programme of immersive events make it a camping hot spot, so it’s worth booking well in advance.

Ipswich

With its charming old town and vibrant art scene, Ipswich is one of England’s up-and-coming destinations, just an hour’s train ride outside the capital. Campsites abound in the city’s many satellite villages and provide a great springboard for a day of city exploration. Don’t miss the must-see Christchurch Mansion, which hosts a free concert in its grounds during the annual Ipswich Arts Festival.

Family camping in the Suffolk

If it’s family camping in Suffolk you’re looking for, there are plenty of family-friendly sites around the county with a wide range of facilities. You’re sure to find somewhere that suits you, whether it’s a campsite with no cars so your toddlers can trundle about freely or a place with a playground for older kids to practice their climbing skills. And if you’re considering a camping holiday with children for the first time, rest assured—kids tend to love camping and everything that goes with it

Top things to do in Suffolk

There’s nothing wrong with simply relaxing on a camping holiday in Suffolk, but if you do get itchy feet and want to get out exploring, there’s plenty to do. Here are just a few ideas.

1. Spend a day on the beach

With 50 miles of coast and dozens of beaches, there’s bound to be one you like. Enjoy a windswept walk on a dune-backed beach; swim or paddle in shallow waters; find a place for watersports; or sit down with fish and chips.

2. See Willy Lott’s House

Featuring in Constable’s most famous painting, The Haywain still stands in the village of Flatford. Now maintained by the National Trust, you can see the view Constable captured on a self-guided exterior walk.

3. Kayak on the River Stour

One of the best ways to see the wildlife of the Dedham Vale and Stour Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is to hire a kayak (or take your own) and paddle along the river.

4. Visit a medieval village

Suffolk was a wealthy centre for the wool trade in the 15th century, so many of its half-timbered buildings and large, ornate churches are from this time. If you fancy a look around one of these wool towns, perhaps head for Lavenham, one of the UK’s best-preserved medieval villages.

5. Explore The Broads National Park

The peaceful waterways of The Broads National Park are well worth exploring on foot or by water. Hire kayaks or canoes, or hop aboard a river cruiser to sit back and take in the scenery.

6. Take to the trees at Thetford Forest

Thetford Forest is the largest man-made lowland forest in the UK with walking, running, and cycling trails to keep active families busy. But if that’s not quite enough adrenaline, there’s also the chance for a zip line, rope bridge, or tightrope at Go Ape.

7. Stroll down Southwold Pier

This is Britain’s only 21st-century pier, replacing the first pier built in 1900, and it’s home to shops, eateries, and quirky amusements.

8. Go birdwatching

Minsmere RSPB is a great place to see a variety of birds even if you don’t know bearded tits from bitterns. There are self-guided activities for kids, plus a play area and kid-friendly café.

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