We’ve looked across the entirety of the United Kingdom for campsites that are ideal for many different reasons, from family friendly to remote destination in the furthest, far-flung corners of the country.
While we’d love you to take our word for it and visit them all during one long adventure holiday, we don’t want families with young children travelling to a remote location famous for wild camping, and we also don’t want seasoned campers feeling trapped in a caravan park.
So make sure to check out the website for each campsite to double confirm that it’s right for you.
Now for our top ten:
1 - Bay View Farm, Cornwall
Enjoy terrific views of the Cornish coast from the quiet, prominent grounds of the Bay View Farm Camping Site, part of the South West Coast Path. This isn’t just one of the most popular family campsites in Cornwall, it’s also ranked among the top campsites in the UK by the Independent and the Telegraph. It has all the modern comforts you’d expect, too, from full washing facilities to ample space for tents and motorhomes.
Just a 10-minute drive away is the idyllic town of Looe, which has a superb sandy beach and a great choice of seafood restaurants. A little further afield is the quaint fishing community and former smuggling centre of Polperro, noted for its large tidal sea pool and Music and Arts Festival in June.
2 - Setthorns Campsite, New Forest
If you want the New Forest camping experience set to the max, Setthorns is it. Built into the woodland itself, this is a toilet and shower free campsite that brings you the tranquil and private joys of forest living, alongside New Forest wildlife including deer, ponies, rare birds and also tiny mammals. There’s also the opportunity to get away from the forest and check out the local area including the village Sway that’s only 1.5 miles away, the beautiful Brockenhurst village, Beaulieu National Motor Museum, Paulton’s family theme park, and the New Forest Wildlife Park. It’s really the perfect way to reconnect with nature, but with the lack of amenities, you might want to bring your own chemical toilet.
3 - Conkers Club Site, Derbyshire
In the new National Forest, an area that has transformed from a derelict coal mining zone into picturesque woodlands, the Conkers Camping and Caravanning Club Site is open all year round and has lots of open space for tent camping.
The site is just a short drive from the Swadlincote Snowsports Centre if you fancy a bit of an adrenaline rush. Also close by is the Sharpe's Pottery Museum, which showcases this area's proud industrial legacy and has an excellent outside play zone for children.
4 - Hooks House Farm, Robin Hoods Bay, North Yorkshire
When looking for the campsites North East England has to offer, this is not only one of the most picturesque, it is also probably the most ideally located. With panoramic sea and country views, Hooks House Farm is situated not far from the Yorkshire Moors, five miles from the beach village of Whitby (the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula) and only a short drive from Scarborough.
If you’re a mountain biking or walking enthusiast, why not make a day trip over to Dalby Forest, with its wide range of tracks and paths. There’s also the opportunity to explore the coastline of Robin Hood’s Bay and visit the other beach villages including Sandsend, Staithes, and Runswick Bay. The campsite is well stocked with amenities, and you’re only a 20 minute drive from local pubs and shops in the village of Ravenscar.
5 - Wild In Style, The Lake District
If you’re looking for family campsites in the Lake District, Wild in Style offers fun-packed holidays in some truly stunning natural surroundings. Near the breathtaking shores of Lake Windermere, this site has a good mix of glamping and traditional camping tents, all of which are spaced out in dense woodland so you can enjoy the private side of lake district camping.
A 5-minute drive away is the Lakeland Motor Museum, which has 30,000 exhibits ranging from early-20th-century electric cars to 1950's-style cafe. As well as providing easy access to miles of scenic walking routes and viewpoints, this example of lake district camping is also within easy reach of many other attractions such as the Lakes Aquarium with its underwater otter tunnel, and the 19th-century Blackwell Arts & Crafts House. Fans of Beatrix Potter can also visit the author’s charming farmhouse, the National Trust's Hill Top, where she wrote many of her great works.
6 - Glen Nevis Caravan & Camping Park, Scotland
This award-winning camping and caravanning park is dominated by the majestic peaks of the Scottish Highlands and is the perfect setting for a peaceful family holiday. In fact, it's overlooked by Ben Nevis, which, at 1,344 metres above sea level, is the highest mountain in the UK.
With private parking next to your pitch, washing facilities, a restaurant, bar, and Wi-Fi, it’s one of the best UK campsites for families looking for a comfortable retreat in the wilderness. Take the family on Jacobite Train from nearby Fort William and enjoy more glorious views of the Highland scenery.
7 - Bert’s, Llyn Peninsula, Wales
Eco-living at its finest. Bert’s is one of those campsites in Wales that you can both get lost in nature while still remaining in touch with your everyday necessities. If you’re looking for a wide range of activities during your stay, Bert’s has a bit of everything.
For coastal walks, you’ve got direct to the private shingle beach on the Llyn Peninsula. If you’re looking for an uphill hike, the campsite is based just below the Yr Eifl peaks and you’ll also be a drive away from Snowdonia National Park. It’s also ideal for those looking to unwind with their families, with kids' playgrounds, communal campfires, and a wide range of products from the sights’ kitchen gardens.
8 - Castle Ward, County Down, Northern Ireland
The original location to Winterfell from the series Game of Thrones, this Camping and Caravan site is both laden with stunning views and equipped with fully functioning amenities. Situated in a quiet corner of the Castle Ward estate, this campsite has limited pitching spots but if you do manage to book, you will not be disappointed. With a wide variety of walks you’ll be able to endlessly explore the ancient woodlands of Stanford Lough during your stay, as well as the sprawling estate grounds.
If you are a Game of Thrones fan, make sure you don’t miss out on the chance to take a tour around the legendary home of the Stark family. It’s also important to note that along with the summer months, Castle Ward is open both in January and February.
9 - Gimme Shelter, Fife, Scotland
This campsite is one of the very best examples of wild camping in the UK. Although based just 20 minutes away from Edinburgh and not far from Inverkeithing train station, Gimme Shelter is the ideal campsite for those who really want to get away from it all.
The level of amenities across the 24 pitches offer very few home comforts (apart from semi-glamping accommodation that has recently been built) but what the campsite lacks in fully functioning toilets and showers, it makes up for in breathtaking meadow views. Each pitch comes with campfire capabilities, and if you really want to, you can spend days without seeing another soul. There’s also so much to do in the local area, from the Fife coastal path to Abercorn castle.
If you want to go back to the basics, this is the spot for you.
10 - Sykeside Camping, Lake District,
Located in the middle of the atmospheric Dovetale Valley, Sykeside is Lake District camping at its finest. The campsite itself has a good selection of amenities, including showers, toilets and a reception shop that is also shared with day walkers. It runs an unmarked pitching space policy, which means you can pick the perfect spot for your travelling party.
The lakes themselves are close by, with both the idyllic sights of Brothers Water and Ullswater within walking distance. Then, if you fancy a drink at the end of the day, there is the Barn End Bar and Brothers Water Inn.