Campsites near Portsmouth

A maritime city, international port, and beach resort—Portsmouth does it all.

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Lepe Beach Campsite

20 units · Tents7 acres · New Forest, England
Traditional tent camping with views of the Solent and Isle of Wight. Oh and did we mention it's only 150 yards from the beach!?
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Woodlands Camping

8 units · Motorhomes, Tents200 acres · Ropley, England
If you’re after a clubhouse, arcade, or on-site entertainment, this is not the place. However, if you would like to be immersed into the outstanding Hampshire countryside with beautiful walks, views, plenty of space with peace and quiet then we may have the spot you’ve been looking for. Woodlands Camping is primarily an eco-friendly camping site set on the northern edge of the South Downs National Park, about five miles drive south of the market town of New Alresford. There’s a ‘leave no trace’ policy in place here and guests are encouraged to do their bit to help preserve the natural environment around them.
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The Life Outside at Holme Farm

20 units · Motorhomes, Tents20 acres · Hayling Island, Hampshire, South East England
Wild camping in the Southdowns National Park within a beautiful ancient woodland on a working farm. Perfect for 4x4 owners with roof tents. Settle down by the fire pit, roast some marshmallows or have a bbq under the night sky. We have 20 pitches available for 4x4’s or overlanders and 10 for hammock campers. Composting toilets available and every pitch has a fire pit. We have BBQ packs and breakfast packs available to buy from us along with logs for the fire. Positioned in a nice rural setting with the beach only a 15 minute drive away.
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Lagnersh camping

60 units · Motorhomes, Tents5 acres · Bognor Regis, West Sussex
Stunning 5 acre site close to Bognor Regis Pagham and Chichester located in the heart of West Sussex countryside. Close to seaside surrounded by stunning views 10 mins from good wood the best voted beach of west wittering is just 15 mins drive this is truly a beautiful serviced site with electric water toilets and showers as well as waste disposal point
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Ninham Country Holidays

16 units · Motorhomes, Tents12 acres · Isle Of Wight, England
A stunning, family-friendly campsite on the stunning, family-friendly Isle of Wight
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Chalky Downs

36 units · Motorhomes, Tents12 acres · Brighton, East Sussex, South East England
Traditional tent camping in a stunningly-located South Downs farm, just down the road from buzzing Brighton
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Springbridge Farm Campsite

60 units · Motorhomes, Tents6 acres · England
Springbridge Farm is a family friendly campsite situated in Otterbourne, Winchester. Non electric pitches available to campervans, motorhomes and tents. Only 10 minutes from Winchester and 20 minutes to the New Forest Onsite van serving takeaway food, with pubs and restaurants nearby Nestled on the edge of a nature reserve, a great spot for countryside lovers Dogs are allowed
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Southwood Park Estate

12 units · Glamping4 acres · Chichester , England
Southwood park estate is a beautifully manicured and peaceful destination for those who want to get back to nature and still have all of the home comforts that they are used to. We are at the foot of the South Downs, and only 8 minutes drive from Chichester and the Good Wood Estate We are family and pet friendly site. All bookings come with cooked breakfasts for each guest per day as well as a large log / lighters pack for each day!
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Muddycreek Farm (New Forest)

50 units · Tents12 acres · Hampshire, South East England
A 28 day August pop-up, offering traditional Hampshire camping on a New Forest Pony farm
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Beautiful hideaway, panoramic views

1 unit · Glamping5 acres · Rake, England
The Shepherd's Hut at Coombe Farm Glamping is only an hour or so from London and within easy reach of Goodwood, Cowdray and the south coast; yet once you're here, you'll feel as if you've stepped through the back of the wardrobe. With it's unimpeded views over the South Downs and barely another soul around. It is the only hut in the field, so you can enjoy the peace and space to yourself.
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Sweet Hill Farm

10 units · Motorhomes, Tents1 acre · Dorset, South West England
Simple, almost-wild, seaside camping on the Isle of Portland
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Spring Hill Wild Camping

15 units · Tents13 acres · Andover, England
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Campsites near Portsmouth guide

Overview

Portsmouth is one of the UK’s most important ports and a popular cruise port of call, with passenger ferries setting sail for France, Spain, and the Channel Islands. Discover the city’s maritime heritage at the Historic Dockyard, climb the Spinnaker Tower for a magnificent view across the Channel, or enjoy a picnic in Victoria Park. Sunny days are best spent at Southsea Beach, where you’ll also find the city’s only camping ground. While you’re there, visit Southsea Castle, cruise around Canoe Lake on a pedal boat, and stroll along the South Parade Pier.

Top things to do in Portsmouth

Some of Britain’s most-recognisable historic ships, including HMS Victory and the Mary Rose, have found a permanent dock at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, the city’s flagship tourist attraction. If camping near Portsmouth, it’s likely that this and the National Museum of the Royal Navy Portsmouth are on your list of things to do, but there's plenty more to see too.

Hop aboard a harbour boat tour, head up the Emirates Spinnaker Tower for far-reaching south coast views, or visit King Henry VIII’s Southsea Castle. Shingley Southsea beach also stretches east of the castle as a must-visit spot for seaside fun.

Just across the harbour from Portsmouth is Gosport, where there’s more maritime history, beaches, and watersports. In the other direction, it’s not far to the classic seaside destination of Hayling Island. Southampton, the historic city of Winchester, the South Downs National Park, and the New Forest are all about half an hour’s drive away.

Where to go

West Hampshire

The neighbouring port of Southampton is the gateway to the New Forest National Park. With its ancient forests, wildlife reserves, and wooded glades, it’s a paradise for campers. Choose from 5-star holiday parks with all the mod-cons, peaceful tent-only campsites surrounded by nature, or quirky glampsites hidden among the trees. All with access to the park’s network of walking, cycling, and horseback riding trails.

English Channel Coast

South coast beach resorts Brighton and Worthing are within day-trip distance of Portsmouth, but there are beach breaks right on the city’s doorstep too. Neighbouring Hayling Island is a family favourite windsurfing hotspot, with blue flag beaches and sandy shores. Bird-watchers and wildlife enthusiasts can also explore the Chichester Harbour AONB—take a boat cruise or bike tour for the best views.

South Downs

With more than 600 square miles of open countryside, the South Downs AONB provides plenty of opportunities to escape the crowds. Hike through rolling hills and river valleys along the South Downs Way, camp out at secluded backcountry campsites, and enjoy stargazing around a campfire. Don’t miss the twisted yew forest at Kingley Vale and the soaring white sea cliffs at the Seven Sisters.

Isle of Wight

Ferries from Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight take less than 30 minutes, and England’s largest island has historic towns, beaches, and countryside all in easy reach. Explore nearly 500 miles of hiking and cycling trails, try windsurfing or parasailing along blue flag beaches, or visit the medieval Carisbrooke Castle. Camping on the island is just as fun—camp by the beachside, spend a night in a houseboat or vintage caravan, or time your visit for the annual Isle of Wight music festival.

When to go

Portsmouth is a year-round destination, whether attending a summer festival or browsing the Christmas markets in winter. July and August are busiest, with a steady flow of travellers arriving at the port, and it’s best to book ahead if visiting at this time. Each season has its highlight. Go hiking and wildlife-watching in the South Downs in spring, admire the fall foliage in the New Forest, or head to the beach in summer.

Know before you go

  • Portsmouth has several camping and outdoors stores where you can pick up supplies for your camping trip.
  • Portsmouth 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 Hampshire.

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