Increasingly popular as a touring destination, Northern Ireland’s awesome scenery, wonderful cities and rich cultural life make this an excellent holiday choice. It’s easy to see how such a scenic location was so well represented in our Top 100 Sites Guide, where we reveal the best caravan parks to stay at.
Titanic Belfast is the big draw in the capital, but don’t miss City Hall, the fine cathedral and the historic SS Nomadic. West of the city, you’ll find spectacular Strangford Lough, with its watersports, bird life and excellent walks. Head south for the Mourne Mountains and some superb beaches, or north to Antrim and the Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland’s iconic UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the beautiful glens.
If you’re looking to head here for your holiday this year, look no further than our guide to the best caravan parks in Northern Ireland…
The best caravan parks in Northern Ireland are…
Ballyness Caravan Park
40 Castlecat Road, Bushmills BT57 8TN, http://www.ballynesscaravanpark.com/
- Open: 11 March – 31 October
- Touring pitches: 48
- Pitch+2+hook-up: £27
Ballyness Caravan Park takes the crown again, having previously been the Regional Winner in 2019 and 2020 too.
It’s a site that offers visitors an excellent experience. It’s ideally situated for visiting some of Northern Ireland’s most popular attractions, including Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge, the Giant’s Causeway, Portrush and Coleraine. For ease, you can access these from the Causeway Coastal Rambler bus, which stops outside reception during the summer months.
You’ll also find Bushmills is only a short walk away, an ideal destination to head to for shops, cafes and a distillery.
If you’re looking for a dog friendly caravan park, Ballyness will tick that box too, thanks to the eight-acre dog walk. Children should also be kept entertained by a football field, play area and indoor games room. The hardstanding pitches are spread across three areas. One is near a pond that is surrounded by trees, while the other two are near the play area, which will suit families. Every pitch has electric, water and drainage points, while free-Wi-Fi is also on offer. A solar panel garden will provide electricity.
A heated wash block has wet-room showers, dishwashing facilities, baby changing and family rooms, laundry and facilities for the disabled. There are also three wildlife ponds that are home to moorhens, ducks and a pair of swans.
- Regional winner: best caravan park in Northern Ireland
- Free Wi-Fi
A stay at Ballyness is ideal for visiting some of Northern Ireland’s most popular locations.
Annalong Holiday Park
38 Kilkeel Road, Annalong, Newry BT34 4T, http://www.chestnuttholidayparks.com/
- Open: 19 March – 31 October
- Touring pitches: 11
- Pitch+2+hook-up: £32
This park is in a beautiful spot on the Newry coastline, in the seafront village of Annalong. It’s part of the Chestnutt Holiday Parks group and not far from the magnificent Mourne Mountains. The park is also close to local pubs, take-aways and shops, and the attractive harbour at Annalong. All of the touring pitches have electric hook-up and there’s a shower block, disabled facilities, a football pitch and a playground. The park is being extended to create bigger touring pitches.
- Good facilities
Beautiful views are on offer if you stay at Annalong Holiday Park.
Curran Caravan Park
131 Curran Road, Larne, Co Antrim BT40 1DD, http://www.currancaravanpark.com/
- Open: 17 March – 31
- October Touring pitches: 44
- Pitch+2+hook-up: £26-£28
Located on the east coast of County Antrim, this five-star site is just a few hundred yards from the ferry terminal at Larne Harbour, on the edge of the town centre. There are plenty of facilities, including a new disabled toilet block and family shower room, dishwashing area, washing machines, shop, dog-walking route and children’s play area. Take-away delivery is also available to the site. Local attractions include the Antrim coastal route, Carrickfergus Castle, and Larne Museum and Arts Centre. There’s also an 18-hole golf course at Cairndhu.
- Close to Larne Harbour’s ferry terminal
- Dog-walking route
Curran Caravan Park is in a great location, with plenty to do in the area.
150 Glenpark Road, Omagh BT79 7UG, http://www.glenparkestate.com/
- Open: 11 February – 30 November
- Touring pitches: 24
- Pitch+2+hook-up: £30
Set on what used to be Ulster History Park, this small site in beautiful woodland on the edge of the Gortin Glen Forest Park has 24 pitches, an amenities block and a games room. The estate also offers hotel rooms, a restaurant and bar, children’s soft play, a farm shop and an open farm with rare breed animals. Visitors can enjoy walking and cycling in Gortin Glen Forest Park and it’s only nine miles to Omagh. Gortin is in the foothills of the Sperrins, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Northern Ireland’s most extensive mountain range.
- Games room
- On the edge of Gortin Glen Forest Park
A picturesque park with walking and cycling on offer in the vicinity.
Highview Holiday Park
219 Ballybogey Road, Portrush BT56 8NE, http://www.highviewholidaypark.co.uk/
- Open: 16 March – 31 October
- Touring pitches: 12
- Pitch+2+hook-up: £29
A few minutes from the seaside town of Portrush on the north coast of County Antrim, this park is well positioned to enjoy some of the best of Northern Ireland’s visitor attractions. These include the Giant’s Causeway, Bushmills Distillery, Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, the Dark Hedges (as seen in Game of Thrones) and Dunluce Castle. It’s a fairly small park, with 12 pitches, four log cabins, two luxury holiday homes and a self-catering cottage. Facilities include a modern toilet and shower block, a new laundry/dishwashing area, and a motorhome service point.
- Ideally located for visiting some of Northern Ireland’s visitor attractions
- Modern toilet and shower block
If visiting some of Norhtern Ireland’s visitor attractions is on your must-do list, this could be the site for you.
Holywell, Belcoo, Co Fermanagh BT93 5DU, http://www.rushinhouse.com/
- Open: Mid-March – 31 October
- Touring pitches: 38
- Pitch+2+hook-up: £30
Last year’s Regional Winner is located on a family farm on the shores of Lough MacNean. It’s been the winner several times in recent years, with the main attraction being the stunning views over the lough, while you will also find excellent amenities such as hot showers, disabled facilities, playground, football pitch, and a barbecue and picnic area. There will be plenty to do in West Fermanagh too – you can find the Belleek Pottery and Marble Arch Caves Geopark only a short trip away.
- Last year’s Regional Winner
- Excellent facilities
You’ll find excellent facilities are on offer at the site that was last year’s Regional Winner.
Sandilands Holiday Park
30 Cranfield Road, Kilkeel BT34 4LJ, http://www.chestnuttholidayparks.com/
- Open: 1 April – 30 September
- Touring pitches: 39
- Pitch+2+hook-up: £30
Part of the Chestnutt Holiday Parks group, this site has the bonus of a private beach. The all-weather pitches have multi-service hook-up and you are well placed here for visiting the nearby Mourne Mountains and Carlingford Lough. On-site amenities include a playpark, award-winning washrooms and 16A points. Nearby Kilkeel (Northern Ireland’s most southerly town) has a large harbour and plenty of shops, pubs and restaurants.
- Private beach
- All-weather pitches
- Award-winning washrooms
A private beach and excellent on-site facilities make this a great location to consider.
Windsor Holiday Park
138 Dundrum Road, Newcastle, Co Down BT33 0LN, http://www.windsorholidaypark.co.uk/
- Open: 1 March – 30 November
- Touring pitches: 36
- Pitch+2+hook-up: £30
This family-run park is just a mile from the Royal County Down Golf Club and within walking distance of the seaside resort of Newcastle. It is only a few miles north of Slieve Donard, the highest mountain in Northern Ireland. Touring pitches have been refurbished this year and are hardstanding, with 16A electric hook-up and mains water. Amenities include a shop, heated shower and toilets, launderette, children’s play area and games room. There’s also a bar/restaurant and a pleasant picnic area nearby.
- Ideal for visiting Slieve Donard
- Nearby golf club
This well-situated caravan park is ideal for exploring Slieve Donard.
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