Experts have revealed the best places to pitch a tent for your 2023 UK camping holidays.

New research by GO Outdoors has ranked the best spots across the United Kingdom for camping, based on factors like price,pet friendliness, and internet access. The research also looks at the best places for families, couples, and luxury camping for those who aren’t as keen to pitch a tent!

You can view the camping hotspots in full here: https://blog.gooutdoors.co.uk/the-best-places-to-go-camping-in-the-uk/

The top 10 best places in the UK for camping:

Rank Camping area % of campsites with internet access % of pet friendly campsites % of campsites open all year % of campsites with glamping options % of campsites with kids’ playgrounds Average price of campsites Camping score /10
1 Cairngorms 73% 83% 57% 57% 53% £24.00 9.36
2 Dumfries & Galloway 73% 95% 45% 43% 40% £20.00 8.79
3 Fort William 73% 73% 53% 53% 13% £27.88 7.53
4 Scottish Highlands 64% 77% 53% 55% 25% £24.44 7.30
5 Suffolk 59% 79% 38% 54% 39% £24.50 7.08
6 Isle of Skye 68% 68% 59% 68% 5% £22.00 7.10
7 Conwy 62% 81% 42% 38% 31% £30.00 6.89
8 Swansea 58% 89% 26% 42% 37% £24.00 6.73
9 Cornwall 56% 86% 30% 40% 38% £24.82 6.58
10 Norfolk 50% 82% 38% 55% 43% £29.74 6.28

 

Cairngorms National Park is the best place to camp in the UK. The area is home to stunning scenery and breathtaking landscapes, and is popular with people of all ages. Wigwam Holidays Glenlivet nestled in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park is the ultimate place to camp in the middle of woodlands, while Glenshee Glamping is an idyllic location with llamas, donkeys and goats.

The average cost of a small tent for two adults is £24 per night – cheaper than most locations on our list. 83% of campsites are also pet friendly and 57% are open all year round, while three quarters have internet access.

With the top four camping hotspots in Scotland, Suffolk is ranked as the best place to camp in England, with an overall camping score of 7.08 out of 10. The region reported an average price of £24.50 to camp, while reporting 79% of pet-friendly camping sites – making it a great spot for a family-friendly break.

 

The 10 best camping hotspots for an active break: 

 

Rank Camping area % of campsites open all year % of campsites with toilets % of campsites with showers % of campsites near a beach % of campsites with games room % of campsites with a swimming pool % of campsites with fishing Activities camping score /10
1 Cornwall 30% 98% 98% 75% 21% 14% 19% 8.13
2 Dumfries & Galloway 45% 98% 98% 50% 28% 13% 53% 8.10
3 Conwy 42% 100% 100% 50% 12% 4% 23% 7.72
4 Snowdonia 29% 99% 99% 54% 13% 6% 32% 7.58
5 Pembrokeshire 21% 99% 98% 74% 6% 3% 20% 7.54
6 Essex 21% 96% 96% 54% 29% 21% 39% 7.42
7 Isle of Skye 59% 100% 100% 41% 0% 0% 27% 7.21
8 Fort William 53% 100% 100% 13% 7% 0% 53% 6.86
9 Scottish Highlands 53% 98% 96% 47% 8% 3% 42% 6.84
10 Cambridgeshire 48% 100% 100% 0% 8% 8% 56% 6.79

 

Cornwall is a hub for tourists, holidaymakers, beachgoers and caravan travellers from all over the world, famous for its incredible beaches, warm weather and amazing seafood.

Wooda Farm Holiday Park in Bude has exciting facilities including golf, a games room and tennis courts, while Polladras Holiday Park has a two-acre dog area and a nature trail.

Around 21% of all campsites in Cornwall have a games room, and 14% have a swimming pool. 19% of the campsites we found have fishing activities, and three-quarters are near a beach.

 

Further insights from the study include: 

  • Buckinghamshire is ranked as the best place for luxury camping, with a score of 9/10.
  • Fort William is the best place for family camping, reaching a score of 8.93/10.
  • Hadrian’s Wall is voted the best place for couples wanting to camp, with 79% class as peaceful campsites; 24% having hot tubs and 58% open all year round. Ideal for couples, around 18% of Hadrian’s Wall campsites are adults only.