In 1884, Dr William Gordon Stables set off for his holidays in the world’s first ever leisure caravan.

Some 130 years later, so many of us have followed suit that caravanning is the most popular paid-for leisure accommodation choice in the country - and worth £3 billion a year to the UK economy.

But even once you’ve made the clearly on-trend choice to go caravanning, there’s another decision to make - where to go.
There are hundreds of campsites across the UK – many beautiful, most convenient and a very good number with the fanciest of facilities.

But here, according to Europe’s premier touring organisation, The Caravan Club, are the best of the bunch…

1. Hillhead Caravan Club site, Devon/Cornwall border

“This one is really great for families and is the most popular site in summer. It has a swimming pool and onsite club house with games room bar and restaurant and is perfectly located for a visit into the harbour town of Brixham – where families can go rock-pooling and eat fish and chips in the harbour.”

 

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Open all year, welcomes non-Caravan Club members and tent campers.

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2. Abbey Wood, London

“Just on the outskirts of London, it feels positively rural. Close to Greenwich you can jump on a river cruise and head into the city centre the old fashioned way, on the river!”

 

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Open all year, welcomes non-Caravan Club members and tent campers.

3. Longleat, Wiltshire

“A site set on the grand Longleat Estate in beautiful park land, it’s far from the Serengeti but where else in the UK can hear the lions roar from your caravan or motorhome at night!”

 

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Open from March to October, welcomes non-Caravan Club members.

4. Burrs Country Park Club, Lancashire

“On an old historic mill site, this site has relaxing riverside walks that is only interrupted occasionally by the East Lancashire Steam trains passing by.”

Open all year, welcomes non-Caravan Club members.

5. White Water Park, Stockton-On-Tees

“This site sits adjacent to the largest white water canoeing and rafting course, built to international standard in Britain.”

Open all year, welcomes non-Caravan Club members and tent campers.

6. Brecon Beacons Caravan Club site, Powys

“This site is one of the most picturesque on the network, situated near the foothills of the stunning Brecon Beacons. Great for ramblers and outdoor enthusiasts.”

Open from March to October, welcomes non-Caravan Club members and tent campers.

 

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7. Gwern-Y-Bwlch, Powys

“A gem of a site in a lovely setting, lost in mid-Wales. This site is extremely peaceful. A haven for wildlife this is a retreat for those looking to escape the everyday life.”

Open from March to October, welcomes non-Caravan Club members.

8. Strathclyde Country Park, Glasgow

“Set on the edge of the country park itself this site is the perfect holiday location for families, and is a great stop-over location for those heading up into the highlands.

 

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“A rural location that is a stone’s throw from the bustling city of Glasgow. The country park was a venue for the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and many activities can be undertaken there now. This site is also home to some of The Caravan Club’s camping pods. Lovely wooden structures allowing you to simply turn up and start camping.”

 

Open all year, welcomes non-Caravan Club members and tent campers.

9. Yellow Craig Caravan Club site, East Lothian

“This site is a gem in the Club’s site network! Due to its stunning location, wander off the edge of the site over sand dunes onto acres of flat golden sandy beach. A splendid choice for a family holiday, give your children a holiday like we had in the good ‘ol days, rock pooling, building sandcastles and eating ice-cream on the beach.”

Open from March to November, welcomes non-Caravan Club members.

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10. Poole Farm Certificated Location

“In Launceston, Devon, this was awarded first-place in The Caravan Club’s Certified Location (CL) of the Year Awards 2014. Certificated Locations are privately-owned, maximum five-van sites found across the UK, many in idyllic and remote locations on farms, country estates and beside inns. 

"These are often very quiet, minimal and off-the-beaten-track allowing people to have legal ‘wild camping’-type experiences. Wild Camping is illegal in the UK and Wales but these small sites allow people to camp in a basic manner.”

Open from April to October, Caravan Club members only.

What's your favourite campsite? Have we missed any corkers from this list? Let us know in the Comments below.