Camping Holidays Soar in Popularity as Cost-Conscious Brits Seek Budget-Friendly Summer Breaks
As the nation grapples with the cost of living crisis, more and more Britons are exploring cost-effective holiday options. In response to this emerging trend, Google search data has revealed a marked surge in searches for camping breaks in the UK*:
*Google search data from May 2023
To assist holidaymakers in their quest for cost-effective yet high-quality holiday experiences, we've compiled a list of our Top 10 Coastal Campsites in the UK. This carefully curated list has been established by collating and analysing reviews from campsites.co.uk, Google, and Trip Advisor, offering holidaymakers a reliable guide to some of the best-rated coastal campsites in the UK, ensuring a memorable holiday experience that won't break the bank:
"This trend reflects a wider shift in holiday habits as UK residents look for creative ways to manage costs while still ensuring a fantastic holiday experience," said Danny Sullivan, Founder of goodtrip.co.uk. "We believe our Top 10 list provides a reliable and valuable resource for families and individuals planning their summer breaks. The scenic beauty and amenities at these campsites prove that cost-effective holidays don't have to compromise on quality."
Camping holidays not only offer a financially accessible alternative to overseas trips, but they also provide an opportunity to explore the breathtaking beauty of the UK's coastline. As Britons continue to adapt to the current economic climate, the rise of camping holidays is a testament to the resilience and resourcefulness of the UK public."
10. Oaklea (4.12 out of 5)
Starting our countdown, based in the stunning Lake District, Oaklea is a small, well-maintained site brimming with natural attractions. It serves as an ideal base for exploring the surrounding coastal paths and hills. (10.8 miles from Manorbier Beach - From £75 for a 3-night stay in August 2023)
9. Rhuallt Country Park (4.24 out of 5)
Claiming the ninth spot, this campsite impresses with its remarkable location in the Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in North Wales. Rhuallt offers stunning views and a tranquil environment for a peaceful getaway. (7.9 miles from Rhyl Beach - From £60 for a 3-night stay in August 2023)
8. Middlewood Farm Holiday Park (4.41 out of 5)
An award-winning site in North Yorkshire takes the eighth position. Set in beautiful countryside, it's a mere 10 minutes' walk from the beach and the charming village of Robin Hood's Bay. (1.3 miles from Robin Hoods Bay Beach - From £84 for a 3-night stay in August 2023)
7. Pinecones Caravan and Camping (4.47 out of 5)
At number seven, located in Norfolk, this family-run site provides a friendly atmosphere and high standard amenities. Beautiful coastal towns and sandy beaches are within easy reach. (4.3 miles from Snettisham Beach - From £120 for a 3-night stay in August 2023)
6. Celtic Camping (4.55 out of 5)
Halfway through our list at number six, perched on the cliffs of the Pembrokeshire coast, this campsite offers an unforgettable coastal panorama. It's great for families and adventure-seekers alike, with walking routes and water sports readily available. (1.9 miles to Abereiddy Beach - From £84 for a 3-night stay in August 2023)
5. Portesham Dairy Farm Campsite (4.61 out of 5)
Sitting pretty at the halfway mark, you'll find this gem in the heart of the Dorset countryside. Portesham Dairy Farm Campsite is a perfect base for exploring the Jurassic Coast, and with its rural and peaceful location, it's a haven for nature lovers. (6 miles from Chesil Beach - Average price of £112 for a 3-night stay in August 2023)
4. Silverburn Park Campsite (4.62 out of 5)
At number four, situated on Scotland’s vibrant east coast, Silverburn Park offers a blend of natural beauty, rich history, and tranquility. (1.2 miles from Leven Beach - From £45 for a 3-night stay in August 2023)
3. Cefn Coed (4.65 out of 5)
Into the top three now, this North Wales campsite is an ideal gateway to the Snowdonia National Park and the beautiful Cardigan Bay. Appreciate the view from your tent, as Cefn Coed is nestled between mountains and the sea. (3.8 miles from Fairbourne Beach - From £69 for a 3-night stay in August 2023)
2. Highlands End Holiday Park (4.66 out of 5)
The runner up, located along the iconic Jurassic Coast in Dorset, this park offers stunning views across Lyme Bay to Portland. The site is well-equipped and boasts facilities for the entire family. (1 mile from Epe Beach - Average price of £128.95 for a 3-night stay in August 2023)
1. Burton Springs Holidays (4.88 out of 5)
And finally, taking the crown as the number one campsite, this Somerset-based beauty spot is a true hidden gem. Surrounded by breathtaking countryside views, it offers fishing, walks, and a tranquil retreat away from bustling city life. It's not hard to see why it has taken the top spot! (2.6 miles from Lilstock Beach - From £69 for a 3-night stay in August 2023)
These campsites all offer unique experiences and beautiful coastal settings, proving that holidaying in the UK can be just as rewarding and significantly more cost-effective than traveling abroad.
Pack your tents, caravans, or motorhomes and set your compass for these excellent coastal campsites. It's time to rediscover the beauty of the UK coast and enjoy an affordable summer holiday.
Data based on:
- Top 10 customer-reviewed coastal campsites on campsites.co.uk (at least 30 customer reviews) backed by TripAdvisor and Google reviews (an average score based on the three different reviews).
- Sites had to have toilets, showers, W.C disposal, open year-round, and allow pets.
- Distances to beaches taken from Google Maps.
- Review information correct as of 25/05/2023.
- Images taken from either the campsites' official website or from campsites.co.uk.