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 South-east regional winner
Ratham Lane, West Ashling, Chichester, West Sussex PO18 8DL www.conciergecamping.co.uk
Imagine a caravan park where you can have boutique hotel-style washrooms more or less to yourself, if you can bear to drag yourself away from your fully serviced hardstanding pitch with fresh and waste water, TV satellite connection and Wi-Fi. Where an amazing cup of coffee in a pleasant wooden hut café with a sun trap patio is just a short walk away, and an award-winning pub is less than a mile outside.
Too good to be true? No, for this is what you will find at Concierge Camping, our 2020 Overall Winner – the UK’s best caravan park. The site, near Chichester in West Sussex, only has 27 pitches, so you won’t have to fight over the on-site showers, with LED-lit cubicles, complimentary toiletries and granite-backed washstands.
The pitches, all hedged off for privacy, come in three sizes, too, with the largest – Emperor Pitches – including a safari tent with a log-burning stove and a fully equipped kitchen with a fridge, freezer and dishwasher. They also have decking, so you can leave your awning at home.
It’s incredible to think that this caravan park, which lies on the Ratham Estate, is only five years old. The latest addition to the facilities is a sophisticated dog-washing area: owner Guy Hodgkin likes to point out that the campsite is not just “dog-tolerant”, it is “dog-friendly”.
The site does border the busy A27, so you do get some road noise, but you are also right on the edge of the South Downs National Park. And that pub we talked about? It’s The Richmond Arms, a regular in both the Michelin Guide and the Waitrose Good Food Guide.
- Open All year
- Touring pitches 15
- Pitch+2+hook-up £35-£125
- Transport links Bus stop two miles, Bosham train station one mile
You can see more great sites from this region in our list of best caravan parks in South-east England
Best caravan park in Northern Ireland regional winner
BALLYNESS CARAVAN PARK
40 Castlecatt Road, Bushmills BT57 8TN www.ballynesscaravanpark.com
Perfectly placed to enjoy several of Northern Ireland’s most popular attractions, including the Giant’s Causeway, Ballyness Caravan Park has plenty to recommend it. And it’s not just location that makes it worthy of the title Regional Winner.
Dog-lovers will delight in the eight-acre dog walk, where they can exercise their pooches to their heart’s content. And a football field, play area and indoor games room should keep the children happy.
Hardstanding pitches are laid out across three areas, one near a pond surrounded by trees and the other two near the play area, which will suit families. All pitches have electric, water and drainage points, and there is the added bonus of free Wi-Fi and a solar panel garden supplying the electricity.
The heated washblock includes wet-room showers, dishwashing facilities, baby changing and family rooms, laundry and facilities for the disabled. Bushmills distillery is a only a short walk away and in summer the Causeway Rambler bus service will take you out to the Giant’s Causeway.
- Open 13 March – 1 November
- Touring pitches 50
- Pitch+2+hook-up £26
- Transport links Bus stop on site
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
GRANTOWN-ON-SPEY CARAVAN PARK
Seafield Avenue, Grantown-on-Spey PH26 3KQ www.caravanscotland.com
It’s a deserved return for our 2016, 2017 and 2018 regional winner – nestled on the northern tip of the glorious Cairngorms National Park, this state-of-the-art campsite offers the best of both worlds. Memorably remote, with some stunning walks to be taken all round, Grantown-on-Spey Caravan Park is also just 10 minutes from the bustling small town that is its namesake, and the campsite also boasts high-end fibre-optic broadband for a Wi-Fi experience as good as you’ll ever have had on a campsite.
- Open All year
- Touring pitches 130
- Pitch+2+hook-up £23.50-£32.30
- Transport links 10-minute walk into town for bus stop
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
Its location alone put this wonderful site in contention for the winning spot, situated as it is a mile from junction 48 off the M4, well within reaching distance of Llanelli, Cardiff, Carmarthen, Laugharne, Mumbles, Swansea and the Gower Peninsula. That said, it’s more than simple geography that has taken this site to the top spot this year – it excels in other areas.
This family-run park is for adults only and the serviced pitches among its 25 hardstandings offer water, electricity, grey-waste disposal, a courtesy light and a picnic bench. Wi-Fi is available across the site. If you are touring in a motorhome and want to leave it on site while you explore the area, you can secure a discount for a hire car from a local company, which can deliver the vehicle to you.
The many local attractions include fishing at the nearby River Morlais and access to the beautiful beaches of Carmarthenshire. The village of Llangennech, with shops and pubs, is a 15-minute walk away, while Llanelli’s beaches are just a three-mile drive to the west.
- Open All year
- Touring pitches 25
- Pitch+2+hook-up £14-£27.50
- Transport links Bus stop 0.8 miles, train station 15-minute walk
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
CROWS NEST CARAVAN PARK
Stonepit Lane, Gristhorpe, Filey, North Yorkshire YO14 9PS crowsnestcaravanpark.co.uk
A regular finalist in the Top 100, Crows Nest has an enviable location on the North Yorkshire coast between Scarborough and Filey, with views out across the North Sea. The touring pitches are all super-pitches with all-weather hardstandings, 16A electric hook-up, water hook-up, grey-water and chemical-waste disposal, TV aerial connection and low-level lighting.
The emphasis here is very much on family, with a host of facilities designed to keep everybody happy, whatever their ages, including a really well-stocked supermarket, live entertainment, family and lounge bars, a chippie, a children’s playground and a heated indoor swimming pool. Free Wi-Fi is available in the bars, and in pool and reception areas.
Crows Nest has its own bus stop, served during the season by buses to the seaside towns of Filey, Scarborough and Whitby, where you’ll find all sorts of great activities, such as surfing, scuba diving, horse riding, bike hire, quad biking and golf.
- Open 1 March – 1 November
- Touring pitches 50
- Pitch+2+hook-up £28-£42
- Transport links Bus stop at gate, train station two miles
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
Holgates’ flagship site is a worthy winner this year, and it is testament to the way this organisation has come along that another of their sites, Bay View, also made it in to our Top 100. The concept is simple – give the guests a holiday experience, rather than a simple campsite, with entertainment, restaurants, sports facilities (there’s even a bowling alley on site) and top-notch amenities for all. The fact that they’re located in the phenomenal Lancashire landscape surrounding Morecambe adds a little magic to the mix, lifting it well above the ordinary.
- Open All year
- Touring pitches 60
- Pitch+2+hook-up £26-£39
- Transport links Bus stop is a five-minute walk, Silverdale train station two miles
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 win for Old Brick Kilns is testament to the whole team’s hard work and continuing pursuit of excellence. Located eight miles from the coast and beautifully laid out, with open spots and more intimate woodland areas, this is a beautiful setting covering 13 acres of grounds.
The camp sits around a small fishing lake, which is home to ducks and geese on the surface and carp, bream, rudd and tench below the waterline. The park has received many awards for conservation and attracts plenty of feathered visitors, including woodpeckers, greenfinches and goldfinches – the perfect place for a spot of birdwatching.
Old Brick Kilns is divided into an adults-only section, a five-pitch Certificated Site and the family zone. Pitches are all-weather and half are super-pitches, but some are reached by going across grass.
Reception doubles as a shop and the restaurant/bar next door is popular with locals as well as guests. Further afield are the many attractions of the north Norfolk coast, the pretty town of Holt and several stately homes and nature reserves.
- Open 16 March – 31 December
- Touring pitches 65
- Pitch+2+hook-up £20-£36
- Transport links Bus stop 0.75 miles
You can see more great sites from this region in our list of best caravan parks in East England
Best caravan park in Heart of England regional winner
CARTREF CARAVAN & CAMPING
Ford Heath, Shrewsbury SY5 9GD www.cartrefcaravansite.co.uk
There’s no place like home and that’s exactly the vibe owners Chris and Katrina wanted to create when they bought this delightful site. The Welsh word ‘cartref’ means home. The campsite welcomes families and couples – there’s a separate adults-only section of 11 pitches for those looking for a more peaceful stay. The owners are experienced caravanners themselves and will happily help first-timers pitch and set up.
The amenities include a shop selling local produce, a bar offering local ales, award-winning toilets and showers, laundry, play area and a dog-exercise area.
Close to the border with Wales and a 15-minute drive from the medieval town of Shrewsbury, which has 600 listed buildings, the site sits in a beautiful, secluded location, not far off the A5 and A458 and close to the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Ironbridge Gorge museums. Ludlow, the pretty ‘food capital’ of Shropshire, is an hour’s drive.
- Open 1 March – 27 October
- Touring pitches 46
- Pitch+2+hook-up £20-£24
- Transport links Bus stop 0.75 miles, Shrewsbury Park and Ride three miles
You can see more great sites from this region in our list of best caravan parks in the Heart 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
A site that prides itself on its environmental work, Back of Beyond has been recognised by a David Bellamy Gold Conservation Award. Set in 30 acres of Dorset countryside that includes woods, heathland, lakes and a river, the site provides natural habitats for wildlife – and its guests. The area around the lakes has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest and you can expect to see plenty of wildlife here, including dragonflies, birds and fish.
With the touring, camping and glamping areas taking up just a small part of the park, there’s lots of space to roam and enjoy the peace and quiet, as well as the results of the conservation work on this tranquil site.
You get a choice of pitches with electric hook-ups, camping pitches and a glamping village with a variety of accommodation, including a yurt and a shepherd’s hut.
The two lakes can be fished, although you might have some competition from the resident otters! Other activities include pitch and putt and boules.
- Open 1 March – 31 October
- Touring pitches 80
- Pitch+2+hook-up £23-£38
- Transport links Bus stop 0.4 miles, train station 10.5 miles
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
A beautiful site less than two miles from the pubs and restaurants of Glastonbury, Old Oaks is a well-deserved winner, providing superb facilities that are really second-to-none, including immaculately landscaped pitches, a tourist information room with pool table, free Wi-Fi, a shop stocking local produce, an extensive dog-exercise area complete with dog-shower, and two dishwashing areas.
There’s a coarse-fishing lake that’s also a haven for wildlife, and four take-away food delivery services per week. For some added luxury, glamping cabins and shepherd’s huts with hot tubs are also available.
- Open 1 March – 17 November
- Touring pitches 88
- Pitch+2+hook-up £23.50-£39.50
- Transport links Bus stop 1.5 miles, train station 13 miles
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
Ladram Road, Otterton, Budleigh Salterton EX9 7BX www.ladrambay.co.uk
How do you express the little differences that transform a Top 100 site into a regional winner? With Ladram Bay, it’s easy. Not only is this a stunning location for a campsite, clinging to the cliff edge above Ladram Bay, so the views are amazing, but as one of our readers points out, this site has been going for a long time and improves every year.
An example: the swimming complex is impressive, but better is that you can leave your kids there with trained staff who’ll give them starter lessons in zorbing, canoeing and other watersports. Then you can take them to the sheltered beach to try out their new skills.
There’s great food, at reasonable prices, and a ‘splash zone’ for kids’ watery fun. You won’t be bored here.
- Open 13 March – 2 November
- Touring pitches 200
- Pitch+2+hook-up £13-£59
- Transport links Bus stop one mile, train station eight miles
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
SILVER SANDS HOLIDAY PARK
Gwendreath, Lizard, Helston, Cornwall TR12 7LZ www.silversandsholidaypark.co.uk
Green credentials, fantastic facilities and a wonderful location on the Lizard Peninsula make Silver Sands an understandable winner. It’s just a 1km walk through the Lizard Nature Reserve to the beaches of Kennack Sands, and the children can play pirates in Kynance Cove and the other secret coves that fringe Cornwall’s most southerly stretch of coastline.
On the nine-acre site you’ll find fantastic play areas for them, too, and families can get together around the picnic tables in the barbecue area or gather at a campfire (off the ground) on your pitch. The site has a garden setting, with pitches arranged between trees and shrubs, creating a really friendly, unregimented feel. Amenities include a small shop, pristine washblock and laundry with ironing facilities.
The nearest pub to the site is at Kennack Sands, while other local hostelries – Trengilly Wartha Inn, and the dog-friendly Cadgwith Cove Inn and The Witchball – also serve good food and drink. Fun days out can be had at nearby Goonhilly Earth Station, Camel Farm at St Martin and Lizard RNLI Station
- Open All year
- Touring pitches 30
- Pitch+2+hook-up £17.50-£21
- Transport links Bus stop two miles
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