Family camping in North East England

Escape to the north to discover coastal castles, wild moorlands, and heritage sites.

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8 top campsites in North East England

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White Peak Camping

15 units · Motorhomes, Tents2 acres · Buxton, Derbyshire, East Midlands
Camping on a Peak District farm near the Monsal Trail
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Kestrel Lodge Campsite

10 units · Tents4 acres · Keswick, Cumbria, North West England
A family-friendly Lake District campsite, nestled between the quiet shores of Bassenthwaite Lake and the beautiful Cumbrian fells
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£24
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Stanley Villa Farm Fishing& Camping

36 units · Glamping30 acres · Preston, Lancashire, North West England
Lakeside rural tranquility and the 'kiss-me-quick' fun of the seaside – you can have the best of both worlds at Stanley Villa Farm's cute camping pods
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Lincolnshire Lanes

32 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents1 acre · Market Rasen, England
Old-fashioned family fun on a child-friendly campsite in rural Lincolnshire
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Hill Top Huts

12 units · Glamping1 acre · Durham, North East England
Scenic, simple glamping pods set beside a welcoming Pennines pub
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£70
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The Old Vicarage

6 units · Glamping, Tents5 acres · Retford, Nottinghamshire, East Midlands
The Old Vicarage offers a relaxed and tranquil atmosphere for your stay for camping. We have BBQ's, camp fires to hire and have the shallow river to play in. Free Wifi. Well behaved dogs allowed on leads at all times. Riverside site in grounds of a 17th-century house in Nottinghamshire Close to Sherwood Forest and 25 miles from Nottingham Cave bar on site open on Bank Holidays You'll sense the history all around you at The Old Vicarage, from the old house to the remains of the water mill in the river bed. Stays here are in the grounds of a 17th-century house in the village of Elkesley, six miles from Worksop and 25 miles from Nottingham. Its grounds run down to the banks of the Poulter river, and are lined with stands of acacia, sycamore, ash and oak trees which were originally donated to the first vicar by the Duke of Newcastle in the 1830s. There's plenty of space around the site for traditional outdoor activities, with a rope swing and stepping stones over the shallow river and a bridge that's perfect for playing Pooh Sticks. In the surrounding area there are animal parks and nature reserves to walk around, or to head back further in time, you could take one of the trails through ancient Sherwood Forest, around quarter of an hour's drive away. Guest facilities on site centre around the Cave Bar, a cool little space built into an exposure of 500-million-year-old sandstone, plus an outdoor terrace for sipping drinks out in the sunshine. Other amenities include a washing-up area and bathrooms with plentiful hot showers, toilets and baby changing facilities. CHECK IN BETWEEN 2PM AND 6PM CHECK INS AFTER 6PM INCUR A FEE OF £10.00 FOR LATE CHECK IN
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Roe Deer Meadow

11 units · Glamping, Tents2 acres · Filey, North Yorkshire, North East England
A small and super-friendly rural campsite close to Yorkshire’s east coast
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Greenoak Hideout

2 units · Glamping1 acre · East Riding of Yorkshire, North East England
A small, yurt glamping site with treasure hunts and alpacas in the Yorkshire countryside
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Family camping in North East England guide

Overview

From its untamed landscapes to its rich cultural heritage, North East England has both natural and manmade beauty on an epic scale, with some of the last remaining parts of England where swathes of near-wilderness remain. Hike windswept moors and verdant valleys in the region’s three national parks, explore secluded beaches and mediaeval ruins along the Northumberland coast, or experience true Northern hospitality in the cities of Leeds, York, and Newcastle. No matter where you choose, you’re likely to find a scenically situated campsite in this region bounded by the Pennines, Hadrian’s Wall, and the Northumberland coast.

Top Attractions in North East England

North East England is not short on places to visit on days out during a camping holiday. Apart from the national parks of Northumberland, North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales, there are plenty of places you might like to discover.

Alnwick Castle is probably the king among castles in the North-East, but the romantic ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle and Bamburgh on the Northumberland coast will also have you reaching for the camera. On Lindisfarne (Holy Island), you can visit a castle and Lindisfarne Priory, a place of pilgrimage where the Lindisfarne Gospels are said to have been written.

Elsewhere, Hadrian’s Wall and the remarkably intact Roman forts at Housesteads, Chesters, and Corbridge are all part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site that marks the former boundary of the Roman empire. And if history is your thing, you can also find out about the viking on a visit to York’s well-known Jorvik Viking Centre. Once in York, you won’t want to miss the magnificent cathedral either, York Minster.

The Beamish Open Air Museum, meanwhile, remembers more recent history as a living village with reminders of the 19th and 20th centuries.

The quaint seaside town of Whitby on the Yorkshire coast has a ruined abbey that is said to be the inspiration for Dracula, while the seaside resort of Scarborough offers more kiss-me-quick entertainment with amusement arcades and sandy beaches.

Where to go

Yorkshire

From the patchwork farmlands of the Yorkshire Dales National Park to the sweeping valleys of the North York Moors National Park, it’s easy to see why Yorkshire is nicknamed “God’s Own County.” Along the coast, brooding headlands and windswept beaches provide an alternative backdrop for outdoor adventures, and there are plenty of camping options around Whitby and Scarborough. Don’t miss a walk along the white cliffs of Bempton, famed for their puffin colonies. 

For the fit, the Yorkshire Dales even has its own peaks challenge. To claim your Three Peaks certificate, climb Pen-y-Ghent, Ingleborough, and Whernside, covering 24 miles in 12 hours. Alternatively, you could step out on the Coast-to-Coast, a national trail that runs across the Dales (as well as the Lake District and the North York Moors) for 190 miles. For a calmer way to see the national park, step aboard the Settle and Carlisle Railway.

County Durham

Sandwiched between Yorkshire and Northumberland, County Durham’s most alluring landscapes lie along its borders. To the west, the North Pennines provide a rural playground for hikers and campers, with rambling streams, lush meadows, and heather-blanketed moorlands. To the east, the Durham Heritage Coast has one of the region’s most rewarding coastal walks, crossing sea cliffs and near-deserted beaches.

Northumberland

History and nature meet head-on in Northumberland, with vast rural landscapes and miles of beaches from the dune-backed Druridge Bay to Bamburgh and Dunstanburgh with their shoreside castles. Campers are in for a treat in the Northumberland National Park—along with moorland hikes and mediaeval monuments like Hadrian’s Wall, this is one of the UK’s top destinations for stargazing. Alternatively, head to the coast to walk through the sand dunes, explore castle ruins, and spot puffins, seals, and dolphins.

Tyne & Wear

Newcastle is the unofficial capital of the north, where the cobbled streets harbour a renowned shopping and nightlife scene. Adventurers won’t want to spend too long in the city. Instead, take a boat cruise along the River Tyne, walk the Roman ruins of Hadrian's Wall, or head to the North Sea beaches—Tynemouth Longsands is a surf hotspot from autumn through spring.

Camping in the Yorkshire Dales

Bridging the gap between the North West and the North East, the Yorkshire Dales are also designated as a national park. Covering a much larger area than the Moors, the Dales are an upland area of the Pennines with beautiful dales, or valleys, in between. The countryside here is criss-crossed by rivers, streams and dry-stone walls surrounding isolated farms, barns and wildflower meadows. It’s a delightful place to go camping or glamping and, like the North York Moors and the even-closer, Lake District National Park, is best explored on foot or by bike.

For the fit – the Yorkshire Dales even has its own three peaks challenge. Climb Pen-y-Ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside covering 24 miles in 12 hours to claim your Three Peaks certificate. Alternatively, you could step out on the Coast-to-Coast, a national trail that will take you across the Dales – as well as the Lake District and the North York Moors – a total of 190 miles. For a more sedate way to see the national park, you can step aboard the Settle and Carlisle Railway – and don’t forget to tuck in to some of the region’s Wensleydale cheese for a real taste of the district.

Family Camping in North East England

There are plenty of family-friendly campsites in the North East of England; places where kids are welcomed with open arms and facilities have been designed with little ones in mind. Sometimes you’ll find a children’s play area, sometimes a tree swing or a nature trail. But whether or not the facilities are child-centred, take your kids camping and we can almost guarantee the only time they will complain is when the time comes to go home! Kids just love camping—sleeping under canvas, spending time in the great outdoors, making new friends, and the sheer adventure of it all will be enough to keep them amused.

The parents among the Hipcamp team have camped all over the UK with their own children and our guide to family-friendly campsites picks out the very best sites for children. Sometimes we’ve selected a site because it has fab facilities, sometimes because it’s a stone’s throw from a beach good for a paddle, and sometimes because it’s near some of the family-friendly attractions in the North East.

When to go

Hiking and caravanning are possible year-round in North East England with the right gear, but the best weather for tent camping is June through September. Each season has a unique allure—purple heather blankets the moors in summertime, autumn is whale-watching season along the coast, and winter brings the best surf.

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