Our Top 100 sites guide has seen our readers scour the UK – from Cornwall, Devon and Dorset to Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland – to pick the best caravan parks in the UK – here we pick out the Top 12 best sites in the UK from across the regions and our overall winner of the title ‘UK’s best caravan park’
UK’s best caravan park – Overall winner and Heart of England regional winner
EYE KETTLEBY LAKES HOLIDAY PARK
Eye Kettleby, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire LE14 2TN www.eyekettlebylakes.com
The nine coarse-fishing lakes to be enjoyed by keen anglers at Eye Kettleby are just one of the many big attractions at this wonderful site, which has been a hugely popular destination for our Top 100 voters for a good number of years now.
The park has expanded with the passage of time and these days, includes an adults-only campsite, adults-only glamping pods with shower rooms and their own barbecue area, and an adults-only touring area.
There’s a central clubhouse with a bar and a large tearoom, open to day visitors as well as touring and lodge guests, serving breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and Sunday lunch.
Reception is in a separate area and it is here that you can book for fishing in those fine lakes, and you can even obtain some expert tuition if you need it. Bicycle hire is also available on-site.
For those who prefer to explore on foot, there’s a huge choice of excellent walking trails, suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Golfers are also well-served, with a number of courses in the locality.
The ambience here can be summed up as friendly country club with efficient, dedicated staff, who operate a meticulously clean, neat-as-a-pin campsite.
- Open All year
- Touring pitches 130
- Pitch+2+hook-up £26-£48.50
You can see more great sites from this region in our list of best parks in the Heart of England
Best caravan park in Northern Ireland regional winner
RUSHIN HOUSE CARAVAN PARK
88 Lattone Road, Belcoo, County Fermanagh BT93 5DU www.rushinhouse.com
In a truly prime position on the shores of Lough MacNean, this AA five-star rated campsite is a worthy Northern Ireland Regional Winner. The panoramic views and rural farm setting, in combination with the exquisite loch itself, attract returning visitors year after year. In addition, you’ll find excellent amenities here, including free hot showers, disabled facilities, a dishwashing area and free Wi-Fi. Outdoors, there’s a great playground for the children, created by award-winning designers, an all-weather football pitch and sports area, and a barbecue and picnic zone on the lough shore.
Pitches are well-maintained and provide fantastic views across the lough. If you can drag yourself away from those wonderful vistas, you’ll also find plenty to explore in the local surroundings – the Belleek Pottery and Marble Arch Caves Geopark are two world-famous attractions within a short distance of the park, and the Ulster Way Walking Path and Enniskillen Castle Museums are also nearby.
Other places of interest in the area include Florence Court, a fine 18th-century house, the neo-classical mansion of Castle Coole, and for those who enjoy outdoor adventures, Corralea Activity Centre.
- Open Mid March – 1 November
- Touring pitches 38
- Pitch+2+hook-up £27
You can see more great sites from this region in our list of best caravan parks in Northern Ireland
Best caravan park in Scotland regional winner
MYRUS CARAVAN PARK
Myrus Crossroads, Macduff, Banff, Aberdeenshire AB45 3QP www.myrusholidaypark.co.uk
This year’s Regional Winner and pride of Scotland is Aberdeenshire’s Myrus Caravan Park, reclaiming the title it won in 2019. The site has excellent credentials, with a five-star award grading from Scotland’s National Tourist Board.
It offers a selection of fully equipped touring caravan and motorhome pitches, which include electric hook-up, and water, sewage and TV connection facilities. Holiday homes are also available for rental.
The touring section of the site is adults-only. The centrally heated toilet block includes a disabled suite and there’s a fully equipped, spacious laundry.
The park is located a mile inland from the historic town of Banff, which is separated from the village of Macduff by a pretty seven-arch bridge over the River Deveron. Myrus also provides excellent access to the coast, with the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of watersports and fishing.
Wildlife cruises are available seasonally, with boats sailing daily – weather permitting – from Macduff Harbour. For golfing enthusiasts, there are two 18-hole golf courses nearby – Duff House Royal and Royal Tarlair – and closer still, a 13-bay driving range situated adjacent to the park, with walk-through access.
- Open 1 April – 31 October
- Touring pitches 23
- Pitch+2+hook-up £27-£30
You can see more great sites from this region in our list of best caravan parks in Scotland
Best caravan park in Wales regional winner
SOUTH WALES TOURING PARK (Llwynifan Farm)
Fferm Llwynifan Farm, Llangennech, Llanelli SA14 8AX www.southwalescaravansite.co.uk
It’s another victory for this beautiful adults-only site near Llanelli, which retains its position as Wales Regional Winner.
The award-winning park has put those periods of downtime during 2020 to good use, by installing a new, raised, dog-shower area and a covered chemical disposal point. In addition, all of the standard pitches now have numbered bollards that have been made
from recycled plastic, and everywhere has been given a fresh lick of paint.
Site development plans for the coming year include improvements to the Wi-Fi and the air-movement systems in the heated washblock, and the installation of a charging point for electric cars.
The site’s location, not far from the M4, makes this a great base from which to explore much of Wales. Local amenities include Llangennech village, which is less than a mile from the park. Here you’ll find a supermarket, a chippie and two pubs, a handy
dog-sitting service, and car and bike hire.
All of the park’s pitches are hardstanding and provide excellent views. There are spacious heated shower rooms, toilets, and dishwashing and laundry facilities, and the park also has 10 serviced pitches.
- Open All year
- Touring pitches 25
- Pitch+2+hook-up £14-£29.50
You can see more great sites from this region in our list of best caravan parks in Wales
Best caravan park in North-east England regional winner
COTE GHYLL CARAVAN PARK
Osmotherley, Northallerton, North Yorkshire DL6 3AH www.coteghyll.com
First-time visitors to Cote Ghyll will immediately notice the outstanding natural landscaping of our Regional Winner for North-East England. And that’s just when you arrive!
The site is tucked into a beautiful valley on the edge of an idyllic village, all within the North York Moors National Park. Cyclists will particularly enjoy exploring the area with routes to suit all levels of experience, and the nearby Moor to Sea Cycle Network – a long-distance bike route offering moorland, forest and coastal loops. There are around 150 miles to explore, through the very heart of the North York Moors National Park.
Outdoor-lovers will appreciate the numerous walks along the valley and around the nearby Cod Beck Reservoir, or up onto the heather moors. You’ll find the warm dog-wash, new for 2021, very useful, as it also is for hosing down bicycles and muddy boots.
If you’d prefer a day on-site with the family, there are two children’s play areas, a playing field and a new, purpose-built shop, with everything from fresh pastries and milk to toys and souvenirs. Stop by, too, at the Mill Kitchen, serving a choice of breakfast and evening meals, along with a takeaway service.
- Open 1 March – 1 October
- Touring pitches 77
- From £21.50
You can see more great sites from this region in our list of best caravan parks in North-east England
Best caravan park in North-west England regional winner
HOLGATES HOLIDAY PARK (Silverdale)
Middlebarrow Plain, Cove Road, Silverdale, Lancashire LA5 0SH www.holgates.co.uk/silverdale
This fantastic campsite, which is packed with facilities and attractions for the whole family to enjoy, has retained the Regional Winner title that it won last year.
And it’s not surprising. Holgates’ flagship site, Silverdale has everything you need for a fabulous family holiday – two play areas, a games room, a soft play area, a pool, sauna and gym, and even a bowling alley. In addition, construction has now been started on another swimming pool.
There’s also a restaurant, café and bar for when you want to go out, but don’t feel like venturing that far.
But when you do step beyond the site gates, you’ll find yourself in the Arnside & Silverdale AONB, the most wonderful setting for some great walks and bike rides, and what’s more, there’s also a choice of superb sandy beaches at Morecambe Bay.
If you are in the mood for some traditional seaside fun, Morecambe itself is just a 30-minute drive, where you can stroll along the award-winning promenade and stop to admire the statue of Eric Morecambe.
The Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the Forest of Bowland are all just an hour’s drive, making these beauty spots great for family day trips.
- Open All year
- Touring pitches 80
- Pitch+2+hook-up £40.50
You can see more great sites from this region in our list of best caravan parks in North-west England
Best caravan park in East England regional winner
OLD BRICK KILNS CARAVAN AND CAMPING PARK
Little Barney Lane, Barney, Fakenham, Norfolk NR21 0NL www.old-brick-kilns.co.uk
Another regional win for Old Brick Kilns, which has long been a firm favourite with Top 100 voters.
Fish for carp, bream, rudd and tench at the wildlife pond that lies at the centre of this pristine park, or head beyond the gates to explore the nearby Norfolk Coast AONB, with its incredible nature reserves, perfect for birdwatching.
If history and architecture are your interests, this area has more than its fair share of spectacular stately homes to visit, too, including Sandringham, Blickling Hall, Houghton Hall and Holkham Hall. Alternatively, visit the pretty market town of Holt, for its quirky shops, and Letheringsett for the historic working watermill, where you can still buy flour.
For heritage railway enthusiasts, a great way to travel to Holt is by steam train on the North Norfolk Railway (nnrailway.co.uk), also known as the Poppy Line.
Landscaped gardens and wildflower banks provide a backdrop to the immaculate pitches and the site has its own bore-hole supplying fresh water. There are four heated washblocks to choose from and at the site’s hub, a bar/restaurant and a shop, which has an off-licence and supplies groceries and freshly baked morning goods.
- Open 17 March – 2 January
- Touring pitches 65
- Pitch+2+hook-up £22-£38
You can see more great sites from this region in our list of best caravan parks in East England
Best caravan park in Southeast of England regional winner
HORAM MANOR COUNTRY PARK
Horam, Heathfield TN21 0YD horammanorcountrypark.com
It’s not surprising that this peaceful rural retreat near Horam, in East Sussex, which is set on the edge of the High Weald AONB and surrounded by fishing lakes, should take the Regional Winner slot.
The site is part of the Sellers Leisure group, and makes regular appearances in our Top 100. It offers top-notch touring and camping on hardstanding and grass pitches, with seasonal pitches also available.
Amenities are excellent, with the Lakeside Café and Bistro, a family-run fishery, horse-riding stables and Horam Manor Farm nature trails, all to be enjoyed on the Horam Manor Estate.
Those looking to explore the local area are in for a real treat, with South Downs National Park, Bodiam Castle and Glyndebourne Opera House in the vicinity.
South Downs has great walking and cycling trails, plus plenty of opportunities to try something new, including paddleboarding, kayaking and paragliding.
Visitors can also follow the Cuckoo Trail, a 14-mile walking and cycling route that is based on the former Cuckoo Line railway track. This scenic route is mostly traffic-free and stretches all the way from Heathfield to Shinewater Park, passing through Horam.
- Open 1 March – 31 October
- Touring pitches 100
- Pitch+2+hook-up £30-£40
You can see more great sites from this region in our list of best caravan parks in the Southeast of England
Best caravan park in Dorset regional winner
BACK OF BEYOND
234a Ringwood Road, East Moors Lane, St Leonards, East Dorset BH24 2SB backofbeyondtouringpark.co.uk
This beautiful site retains its position as Regional Winner in our 2021 Top 100 Sites awards – it was in this top spot last year – and it’s not surprising, given that it is
set in a natural haven, which also includes an important Site of Special Scientific Interest, where you can see a rich variety of dragonflies, birds and fish. This year, the park also received an AA five-pennant rating.
You can immediately see that an enormous amount of effort has gone into the environmentally friendly development of the site and its grounds, work that has previously been recognised with a David Bellamy Gold Conservation Award.
Visitors to this adults-only site can leave behind their daily stresses, with walks in the mpark’s 18 acres of woodland or around the two fishing lakes.
Owners Martin and Victoria Bowrey have worked hard to maintain the perfect spot to pitch up in Dorset. Last year they were kept very busy clearing streams, improving showerblocks, building 35 new hardstanding pitches (21 of which are fully serviced), and creating an external pop-up bar and a communal barbecue and seating area. New measures have also been employed everywhere to create a safe environment for guests.
- Open 1 March – 31 October
- Touring pitches 93
- Pitch+2+hook-up £21-£46
You can see more great sites from this region in our list of best caravan parks in Dorset
Best caravan park in Somerset, Avon and Wiltshire regional winner
OLD OAKS TOURING PARK
Wick Farm, Wick Lane, Glastonbury BA6 8JS www.theoldoaks.co.uk
Deservedly taking the Regional Winner top spot for the second year in a row, Old Oaks is an award-winning adults-only site offering touring, camping and glamping, located less than two miles from the ancient town of Glastonbury.
Set in an idyllic spot surrounded by beautiful countryside, there’s a choice of pitches available at the site, ranging from standard to premier, and amenities include a well-stocked gift shop and spotlessly clean facilities, with both blocks comprising individual private washrooms, dishwashing areas, laundry and ironing facilities, microwaves and ice-pack freezers.
Visitors can enjoy excellent cycling and walking in the surrounding area and the half-acre coarse-fishing lake has great views of Glastonbury Tor.
Pet-lovers will welcome the 300m, secure dog-walk, and the rather upmarket dog-shower, which provides hot water and free shampoo.
Glastonbury is probably best known for its famous music festival, but the town has been inhabited since Neolithic times. Glastonbury Abbey was one of the most important in England, and many of the town’s oldest buildings, such as the 14th-century barn housing the Somerset Rural Life Museum, are associated with it.
- Open 1 March – 17 November
- Touring pitches 88
- Pitch+2+hook-up £23.50-£39.50
You can see more great sites from this region in our list of best caravan parks in Somerset, Avon and Wiltshire
Best caravan park in Devon regional winner
ROSS PARK CARAVAN PARK
Park Hill Farm, Ipplepen, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ12 5TT https://www.rossparkcaravanpark.co.uk/
Set in beautiful countryside with magnificent views over Dartmoor, Ross Park has been a regular in our Top 100 and this year takes the regional top spot. It’s easy to see why, because the facilities are excellent and standards are high. The centrally heated amenities block has free hot water to all showers and sinks, and includes both
baby-changing and disabled facilities. There is an additional toilet block and a dish-washing room.
Visitors to the site can enjoy a meal at the New Barn Restaurant, which has a separate mezzanine bar and a comfortable lounge area. There’s also a tropical conservatory attached to the restaurant, where dogs are welcome to accompany you.
Outside, there’s a large leisure field and children’s play area, which is equipped with three activity centres. Pets can come off their leads in the extensive dog-walk area and a dog shower is available.
Ross Park has also become a notable haven for local wildlife and insects, and a variety of birds can be found nesting around the grounds.
The campsite team puts a clear emphasis very much on caring for the environment, and the park has been awarded the David Bellamy Gold Conservation Award each year since 1999.
- Open 29 March – 1 January
- Touring pitches 100
- Pitch+2+hook-up £20.50-£32
You can see more great sites from this region in our list of best caravan parks in Devon
Best caravan park in Cornwall regional winner
TEHIDY HOLIDAY PARK
Bassett Road, Harris Mill, Illogan, Redruth TR16 4JQ www.tehidy.co.uk
Located midway between the scenic delights of St Ives and St Agnes, it’s no surprise that this regular entry into our Top 100 should take the top spot this year.
Tehidy is in a fantastic position, from which guests can easily visit the very best of Cornwall’s many lovely towns and beaches, and offers excellent access to several great cycle routes, gardens and historic sites.
The park sits in a tranquil wooded valley and is packed with facilities for the whole family to enjoy. There’s a children’s play area, games room, park shop and reception, free Wi-Fi across the entire site, a launderette, and a disabled and family room.
The attention to detail continues throughout, with picnic benches, clothes-dryers, barbecue points with slabs and picnic benches by each pitch, and a cooking shelter for campers and glampers in the outer field.
The owners are also clearly very keen to preserve the beauty of the natural environment in the park, and a number of the site’s conservation and grounds management projects have been recognised with the top Gold award status. These include the Honey Bee Pledge award (which recognises the efforts made to provide protection, food, water and shelter for honey bees) and several David Bellamy Conservation awards. Note that this campsite does not allow pets.
- Open 26 March – 30 October
- Touring pitches 28
- Pitch+2+hook-up £18-£27
You can see more great sites from this region in our list of best caravan parks in Cornwall
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Our readers pick out the top 12 best caravan parks in the UK - from Scotland to Cornwall