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Best places to camp near you

Camping at Brownsea Island Campsite, Dorset
Camping at Brownsea Island Campsite, Dorset | © National Trust/Robin Kitchin

Looking for somewhere special to camp in the UK this year? From waterfront motorhome pitches in the Lake District, traditional Cornish campsites five minutes from the beach, to camping pods hidden in the woods, very few places can rival the beauty of our campsites. Take a look at our best places to camp in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and find a campsite near you.

On the coast

The camping fields at Gupton Farm Campsite, Pembrokeshire

Gupton Farm, Pembrokeshire 

Wake up to spectacular sunrises and the fresh, salty sea air when you stay at Gupton Farm on the Pembrokeshire coast. This coastal campsite overlooks Freshwater West, one of the UK's finest surfing beaches. With 50 pitches for tents and caravans, it's ideal for a group holiday.

Highertown Farm Campsite, Cornwall

Highertown Farm, Cornwall 

Highertown Farm is in an enviable location less than a mile from Lansallos Cove and a short drive from the charming coastal villages of Fowey and Looe. It's a simple site with basic facilities where guests can relax and enjoy the beautiful setting without distractions.

Teneriffe Farm Campsite, Cornwall

Teneriffe Farm, Cornwall 

A short walk from a secluded, sandy beach and close to the turquoise water of Kynance Cove, this coastal campsite is perfect for beach lovers. With some onsite facilities including a small shop, playground and laundrette, the campsite is ideal for a family holiday in Cornwall.

The area surrounding Weston Farm Campsite, Dorset

Weston Farm, Dorset 

Weston Farm Campsite, on the Isle of Purbeck, is in an open meadow field, one back from the coast, with sea views and a footpath down to the local beach. There's plenty of space to pitch a tent, or there are ten basic bell tents available to book. Simple toilets, showers and washing-up facilities are provided onsite each season.

By the water

Camping at Brownsea Island Campsite, Dorset

Brownsea Island, Dorset 

This campsite offers a unique place to camp on Brownsea Island Nature Reserve. Just on the water's edge, enjoy views from the campsite over the sea and beyond to the rolling Purbeck Hills. Staying on the island offers the chance to experience this special place out-of-hours, when all the day visitors have left.

Cloud Farm Campsite and the surrounding area, Devon

Cloud Farm Campsite, Devon 

Set up your tent in the legendary Lorna Doone Valley for a tranquil retreat surrounded by Exmoor's fantastic scenery. Pitch by Badgworthy Water and listen to it peacefully flowing behind your tent morning, noon and night. You can also enjoy the company of your nature neighbours including buzzards and red deer.

Waterclose Meadows Campsite, Cambridgeshire

Waterclose Meadows, Cambridgeshire 

On the bank of the Great Ouse River, Waterclose Meadows is an idyllic place to park your caravan, pitch your tent, or enjoy a stay in a camping pod. The best way to explore the area is by water so bring your own canoe or dinghy, or hire punts, canoes and rowing boats.

In the countryside

An aerial view of Castle Ward Caravan Park and Strangford Lough, County Down

Castle Ward, County Down 

There's nothing like sleeping under the stars after a day exploring the 800 acre estate at Castle Ward. With pitches for tents, caravans, motorhomes and campervans, there's something for everyone. If you don't have your own tent, the campsite also has a handful of wooden camping pods for hire.

A view of the campsite at Dolaucothi, Wales

Dolaucothi Caravan Park, Carmarthenshire 

Deep within the peaceful Cothi Valley, Dolaucothi is a tranquil retreat for a caravan break. The area around the park is a haven for wildlife, from the wildflower meadows to the ancient woodland. While you're there, visit the Dolaucothi Gold Mines which are a short walk away.

Oldbury Hill Campsite, Kent

Oldbury Hill, Kent 

Oldbury Hill Campsite offers a relaxing and easy getaway in a Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, where you can explore the neighbouring woods and hill fort, or walk a little further to Ightham Mote’s 14th-century moated manor house, gardens and estate.

Close for mountain peaks

Great Langdale Campsite located beneath Crinkle Crags and Bowfell, Lake District

Great Langdale, Lake District 

Great Langdale Campsite sits below the towering Langdale Pikes, in one of the best walking and climbing areas in the Lake District. There are lots of things to see and do in the valley from cycling to orienteering. There's even a National Trust pub, the Sticklebarn, just down the road from the campsite.

Hafod y Llan Farm and Campsite in Snowdonia

Hafod y Llan, Gwynedd 

If you're looking for a simple, scenic place to camp, Hafod y Llan is the one for you. Pitch your tent on this campsite in the Nant Gwynant Valley then head off to discover Snowdonia National Park. With cascading waterfalls, wooded valleys and quaint towns all nearby, you'll be spoilt for choice for places to explore.

A campervan at Wasdale Campsite, Cumbria

Wasdale, Lake District 

With towering mountains and an awe-inspiring lake, this remote valley is an adventurer's paradise. The campsite sits between Wastwater and Wasdale Head and provides immediate access to the highest fells in the Lake District, including England's highest peak, Scafell Pike.

Camping at Wasdale Campsite, Cumbria

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With locations across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, our campsites offer beautiful holiday spots that are perfect for exploring the great outdoors.

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