Coastal campsites in Cornwall

Sandy beaches, wildflower-covered moorlands, and clifftop walks await in the UK's southwest corner.

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Coverack Camping

113 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents7 acres · Cornwall, South West England
Traditional family camping near Coverack, with the promise of coast, countryside and Cornish ice cream
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Cornish Tipi Holidays & Camping

127 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents20 acres · Cornwall, South West England
Wake up to the sound of birdsong, go swimming before breakfast in the clear water of a secluded lake. Cook your bacon and eggs over an open fire while you plan your day, or just laze it away in the peace and quiet of your own personal tipi. You can always go fishing tomorrow, and walk along the cliffs the day after that… The site is a unique woodland valley folded around a clear, spring-fed lake created from the old Tregildrans Quarry. Our tipis and tent pitches are dotted about this secret 20 acres full of ferns, bluebells, oak and meadowsweet. Left in peace for many years there's been no modern chemicals or poisons on the land, meaning we've got bluebells, dormice, Red Admirals and shy woodland Jays for you to spot. It’s a place set apart from the rush and clutter of the modern holiday experience, with an atmosphere that makes you forget the world outside, and just lounge, ramble, or potter about in a boat. We're committed to giving you a genuinely individual service from first contact to your time staying with us. We established CTH in 1996. This was the first and we believe still is the best tipi holiday site in the UK. We know our area inside out and can always help with local knowledge or contacts if you need them. We want to offer our guests a sustainable holiday. A return to real camping means the lowest possible impact on the land and environment - our tipi poles don’t even break the surface of the earth. Your footprint while here could only be bettered by a survival expert. You don't have to fly! a major bonus, and we source all our wood, fish and canvas locally and work with local people wherever possible.
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Belle Camping Cornwall

5 units · Glamping7 acres · Cornwall, South West England
Bell tents with sea views on the Lizard Peninsula
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Ryn Gwari Farm

15 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents2 acres · Penzance, Cornwall, South West England
A family-friendly, 10-pitch campsite in Cornwall with big views, rustic facilities and a touch of magic
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Willow Valley Holiday Park

33 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents4 acres · Bude , England
This peaceful, sheltered site has a special character. The site is the ideal place to unwind with plenty of safe space, a meandering river and friendly atmosphere. It offers 4 acres with facilities, 7 acres of wilderness, shower block, level pitches, picturesque river, children’s playground and has been rated AA 4 star gold pennant. Chris and Jen both love Cornwall and were married just down the coast in Rock in 2017. After that, they looked for an opportunity to move to Cornwall and Willow Valley has provided the perfect opportunity. There are always ongoing improvements being made so make sure you keep in touch. Any returning campers will be glad to know we aren’t changing the campsite itself though. Why would we when it is already so perfect!
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Cherry Masons Fruit Farm

45 units · Tents4 acres · Helston, England
A dog-friendly campsite that’s in a great spot for exploring southern Cornwall
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Pleasant Streams Farm Camping

67 units · Glamping, Tents9 acres · St Austell, England
Lakeside camping with streams, rope swings and farmyard animals in rural Cornwall
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Surf Pods and Camping at Atlantic Farm

50 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents1 acre · Bude, Cornwall, South West England
Glamping near Bude, with eye-catching eco-pods, a staggering treehouse for couples and traditional tent camping
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Camp Bedrock

1 unit · Motorhome, Tent4 acres · Plymouth, England
Camp Bedrock is just outside Cremyll on the Rame Peninsula, with the entrance to the 865-acre Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park five minutes’ walk away along the coast path. This is a pretty waterside woodland spot on the banks of the Tamar river (and at the start/finish point of the Tamar Way), and you can also follow the coast path down to lovely seaside spots like the twin villages of Kingsand and Cawsand – or all the way along to the sandy beach and surf school at Whitsand Bay. As the location faces west you’ll often be treated to a colourful sunset as the backdrop to your evening barbecue or campfire too. So that’s countryside, river and coast sorted – anything else? Well, yes actually – the city of Plymouth is just across the river, and easily accessed via the foot ferry a few minutes’ walk away. That means you can be at the restaurants of Royal William Yard in about 20 minutes, or exploring the city centre’s attractions (like the Barbican, the Mayflower Steps and National Marine Aquarium) in about 45 minutes. Closer to base, there’s also a lovely waterside pub about five minutes’ walk away, and plenty of facilities within the country park (including some nice cafés as well as activities like alpaca walks and disc golf). On site, it’s a dog- and family-friendly setup where you can pick your own pitch. As a pop-up wild camping location there are no frills, but you will have access to compost toilets.
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KUDHVA Architectural Hideouts

8 units · Glamping43 acres · Tintagel, England
Stylish off-grid boltholes surrounded by nature on the Cornish coast
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Cotna Eco Retreat

5 units · Glamping12 acres · Cornwall, South West England
An peaceful, eco heaven near the coast, on a 10-acre organic smallholding in Cornwall with yurts, a shepherd’s hut and a strawbale barn
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Wylde Valley Camping

132 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents14 acres · Bude, Cornwall, South West England
A popular festival space that's now a bona fide campsite, with modern, pop-up facilities and a top North Cornwall location
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Coastal campsites in Cornwall guide

Overview

Jutting out from the southwestern tip of England, the rocky peninsula of Cornwall is brimming with outdoor adventures. Hop between lively seaside resorts and tranquil fishing villages, hit the surf beaches of the north coast, or relax at the award-winning beaches of the Cornish Riviera. Hikers can enjoy endless sea views along the South West Coast Path, which skirts the entire peninsula, or head inland for a tent pitch among the natural beauty of the Cornish countryside. Late spring to early autumn is the best time for a camping holiday, while winters are wet and windy—best to swap the tent for a campervan or motorhome instead during this time. Either way, whether it's a secret garden hideout with just a handful of tent pitches or a family-friendly farm overlooking the sea, there'll be a campsite in Cornwall to suit your needs.

North Cornwall

Cornwall’s north coast has some of the UK’s best surf, so the surf meccas of Newquay and Bude draw surfers year-round—in fact, some of the best swells are from late autumn through winter. Campers can tuck into fresh-from-the-ocean seafood in the foodie hub of Padstow, make the most of the dog-friendly beaches at Perranporth and Port Isaac, or enjoy coastal walks atop the sea cliffs in Tintagel. You can even spot dolphins along the coast in the summer months.

South Coast

This patchwork of green hills rolls down to the calmer golden shores of Cornwall’s south coast, nicknamed the “Cornish Riviera.” Falmouth and Fowey are the go-to destinations for a summer beach vacation, while sandy beaches dot the shores around Polperro, Mevagissey, and Looe, and there’s always camping within easy reach. Check into a family-run holiday park with a swimming pool onsite, try glamping in a yurt, and don’t miss regional attractions, including the Lost Gardens of Heligan and the Eden Project in St Austell.

Bodmin Moor and Tamar Valley

Venture inland to explore the rocky tors and windswept moorlands of Bodmin Moor, where you can hike to Bronze age ruins and spot wild ponies grazing on the heath. It’s most magnificent in summer, when purple heather blazes across the hilltops and campers can pitch up at quiet country camping sites. Climb the two summits, Brown Willy and Rough Tor, for incredible views across the area and all the way back toward the sea. Further west, the Tamar Valley is the place for riverside walks and scenic river cruises away from the crowds.

West Cornwall

From the wave-ravaged shores of the Lizard Peninsula to the cultural hub of St Ives, the western tip of Cornwall serves up sea views and beautiful beaches all around. Holiday homes and camping parks line the coast of Helston, Hayle, and Penzance, while must-do activities include the hike to St Michael’s Mount and a visit to Land’s End, the westernmost point of mainland Britain.

Isles of Scilly

Marooned 25 miles off the west Cornish coast, the Isles of Scilly offer an idyllic getaway with heathland walks and deserted beaches. Getting there is all part of the adventure—ride the ferry from Penzance or fly out from Newquay or Land’s End from March through November. There are five inhabited islands to choose from, and campers can escape to a farmland campsite or pitch a tent within walking distance of the beach. Feel the sand beneath your toes as you traipse across dunes back to your tent and build epic sand-castles as the sunsets before hurrying back for an evening campfire.

Family Camping in Cornwall

Campsites in Cornwall are always a real hit with the kids. Why? There’s the proximity of most campsites to the coast, but also a wealth of other family-friendly activities besides. With the beaches, blue skies, old tin mines, and ancient smugglers' haunts, Cornwall is a land full of mystery and intrigue that will enliven the imaginations of your children. Even better, many campsites are on family-run farms where children can get hands-on with the animals, while some are tiny, tent-only campsites in gardens where little'uns can safely run free away from cars.

And as such a popular camping destination, you'll never be the only one taking the kids on holiday to Cornwall. Think campsites full of kids where they can make friends before you've even pitched the tent—places where space is never at a premium and buckets and spades are almost obligatory. Places perfect for marshmallows on the campfire and a clotted cream ice-cream for your walk to the beach. The only tough bit? Getting them in the car and heading home until next summer.

Top Cornwall Attractions

The Eden Project hardly needs any introduction, now a staple for visitors to Cornwall. The sight of the massive biomes as you approach is awesome and, inside, they’re a fair treat too. The fascinating twin indoor biomes—rainforest and Mediterranean—sit on the land like giant space-age structures. There’s plenty going on in the “outdoor biome” as well, with some 32 acres of garden containing almost 2,000 plant species.

Yet while the Eden Project gets all the hype, there are plenty of smaller horticultural attractions for those on the hunt for interesting flora (or a good space for children to go wild among the undergrowth during family holidays). The Lost Gardens of Heligan are a particular highlight and 26-acre Trebah Gardens, a sub-tropical wonderland, is also great for family days out. Adults might like a tour of the Camel Valley Vineyard, where the grapes make a lovely local speciality.

For a mix of seaside views and high-brow culture, take a trip toward the furthest point in Cornwall for a stop at the open-air Minack Theatre. Despite its amphitheatre-like architecture, it was actually built in the 1930s with the rugged appeal of any ancient space. Dug into the cliff-side, this outdoor theatre puts on spectacular shows throughout the summer, all with the stunning backdrop of the Atlantic blue. Evening shows are usually timed so that you also have the sight of the sunset as the actors or musicians perform.

For animal lovers, family-friendly Newquay Zoo and Porfell Wildlife Park are great picks—though skipping the exotic species in favour of local wildlife is arguably more rewarding. The Tamar Otter and Wildlife Centre is perfect for this. Look out for native species such as fallow deer, badgers and the rare Scottish wildcat, along with the otters, of course.

For most, it's the Cornwall beaches and natural spaces that are the real attraction (often all connected via a walk on the South West Coast Path). These coastal capers can even be turned up a notch with water sports, whether it’s renting a surfboard and taking lessons with a local school or heading off on a coasteering trip to jump off cliffs and plunge into wild swimming holes. Try the Adrenalin Quarry near Liskeard for a good place to start—fly on the long zip-wire, glide on the giant swing, and traverse high rock ledges around the former quarry.

Top 10 Things to Do in Cornwall

  1. Build a sandcastle fort before the tide comes in.
  2. Rent surfboards or taking surf lessons for the very first time.
  3. Walk a clifftop section of the South West Coast Path.
  4. Discover the incredible flora of the world-famous Eden Project.
  5. Catch a sunset play at the Minack Theatre.
  6. Cook local farm shop food over a crackling campfire.
  7. Explore the ancient treasures of St. Michael's Mount.
  8. Uncover history with a tour of Cornwall's old tin mines.
  9. Taste the local tipple at St Austell's Brewery.
  10. Hike to the top of Brown Willy.

Cornwall History

The birthplace of King Arthur and pock-marked with stone circles from even older times, Cornwall is a county awash with intriguing history. It was at Tintagel Castle that King Arthur was reputedly born and, today, campers can still visit these mysterious ruins that nestle among the cliffs just above Merlin’s Cove. From there, it’s a short stroll to the site of his final battle, too, where King Arthur's stone commemorates the occasion.

There are other allusions to Cornwall’s dramatic past, too. Not least famous is St Michael's Mount, the ancient island settlement that can be reached across a causeway at low tide and is a must on any Cornwall holiday. Launceston Castle, Restormel Castle, and Falmouth’s impressive Pendennis Castle offer yet more turreted family fun, while the likes of Truro Cathedral show an even grander side of the local architecture.

Cornwall’s industrial heritage is equally rewarding to discover. Many of the county’s old tin mines are open to the public or visible to walkers who hike the off-beat footpaths. National Trust-owned Wheal Coates, near St Agnes, is particularly well known, largely since it is so photogenic against a backdrop of vast blue ocean and atop impressive cliffs.

From truly ancient monuments, such as Iron Age hillforts and Neolithic stone circles, to these more modern tin mining structures, you can really trace Cornwall through the ages. It has a visible, tangible history that is a delight to explore.

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