Botany Camping

UK England South West England Wiltshire

  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
Situated amidst beautiful Wiltshire farmland, Botany Camping offers spacious grass pitches furnished bell tents just a stone's throw from Longleat House and Safari park

The grand Elizabethan architecture of Longleat House vies for the public's attention with the exoticism and fun of the safari park behind. The first of its kind outside of Africa, the 500-species-strong park is kept slightly separate from the house, so those planning to admire the crystal clad ballroom won’t find monkeys on their bonnet, grasping at the windscreen wipers. On particularly still evenings, though, the roar of male lions can still be heard beyond the encolsure boundaries, carrying over the house to the surrounding Wiltshire countryside.

Beyond the range of the lions’ roars and the chattering of howler monkeys lies a small, new campsite with a top location. Three miles from Longleat and ideally situated for exploring the rest of the county, Botany Camping is a charmingly simple campsite that also boasts a colourful cluster of bell tents for those looking for a more effortless stay. Chose this glamping option and you needn’t bring much at all, other than your duvet and a devil-may-care attitude. Guests will find futon-style beds, eco-fuel heaters, cooking facilities, and all the utensils required, while campers and glampers alike still share the composting toilets and conventional flushing loos, along with four family shower rooms in a separate shelter.

Each pitch offers plenty of space and includes a firepit where campfires are not only allowed, but positively encouraged, with guests arriving to a thoughtful ‘starter pack’ including firelighters, wood, skewers and a hefty pack of marshmallows. The site also boasts a small shop at the entrance for buying essentials, while a supermarket in nearby Warminster is well placed for a larger shopping session.

The size of the campsite gives it a friendly, sociable atmosphere, but much of this is also down to the relaxed personality of Crispin, the ever-present, yet unobtrusive, manager, whose welcoming and helpful nature makes him a go-to man for queries of all kinds. It's no surprise then that such niceness has seen him charm his neighbours into offering 30% off Longleat tickets, very handy for family visitors.

Cycling, walking and fishing in the local countryside, along with Stonehenge, Bath and Salisbury, all 30 minutes away, makes Botany Camping a pleasant base for would-be explorers. And if you’re there on a clear night you can even use the North Star to guide you. With a proper rural setting and no light pollution, this is the perfect place for admiring the night sky.

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Facilities

Bell tents sleep up to 5. They include a firepit and solar-powered fairy lights, a free campfire pack (wood, firelighters, marshmallows, skewers), and cool box with frozen cool blocks, beds, stoves, utensils and everything you require for cooking. You’ll need to bring your own bedding and towels. There are composting toilets and regular flushing loos plus 4 family shower rooms with sinks and hot water.

Suitable For

Bell tent glampers, tent and campervan campers – yes. Caravans, large motorhomes, dogs – no.

Nearby

Less than 4 miles away, Longleat House and Safari Park (01985 844400) is the UK's premier wildlife experience. Crispin can get you 30% off your ticket price. Travel 30 minutes north to the historic city of Bath, small but eloquent and a good day trip from the campsite. A similar distance in the opposite direction takes you to Salisbury with its towering cathedral (01722 555120) and narrow streets. Be sure to stop at Stonehenge en route. Wardour Castle (01747 870487), Stourhead (01747 841152) and Wilton House (01722 746714) offer further history in the area, while more active campers can try cycling in the Woodford Valley. Anglers should head to Shearwater Lake (01985 844496) with a massive range of fishing on offer.

Food & Drink

A small onsite shop sells essentials and sweet things for the kids, and there's a Morrisons supermarket in Warminster a mile away. There are also several pubs and restaurants in the town. The Snooty Fox (01985 846505) is one of the closest and best, serving good fare in a friendly environment.

Opening Times

Mid February – mid September.

Family Friendly

There's a full rainbow spectrum of bell tents on offer but green is the colour that really stands out at this campsite with heaps of grassy space to run wild in and bushy hedgerows all around. And, with discounted access to the country's oldest safari park, you're all sorted for weekend activities.

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The Owner Says

Botany Campsite is set in the rolling Wiltshire countryside, an ancient landscape of beauty, with stone circles, white horses, and stunning Wessex scenery. Our campsite offers family friendly camping (pitch only) and eco glamping in 5 m bell tents ideal for a family of 4/5, furnished with all the goodies…..

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Accommodation

6 regular pitches, 16 glamping bell tents available in 2 fields. More camping pitches available in August.

Bell tent

Bell tent Sleeps 5 20 Available
This 5m bell tent can accommodate 2-5 guests in comfort.

Grass pitch (Tents only)

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 19 Available
This mega 10m x 10m pitch can accommodate a maximum of 6 people.

Campervan pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 6 Available
This mega 10m x 10m pitch can accommodate a maximum of 6 people and suitable for campervans, motorhomes and trailer tents

Glamping Yurt

Yurt or Ger Sleeps 6
Sleeps up to 6 guests / 2 double beds / 2 single beds - fully equipped - just bring bedding towels and food

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Location

Contact Botany Camping, Botany Farm, Bradley Road, Warminster, Wiltshire BA12 7JY

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Getting There

As you come up the hill on Bradley Road, leaving Warminster, Botany Camping is the 2nd entrance on the left after the bridge.

There is a railway station in Warminster. Botany Camping is also on national cycling route 24.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 12 reviews

★★★★★

Lovely Camp Site

I stayed here with my two daughters (10 & 7), two friends and their son (6). We stayed for two nights coming up on the Friday and leaving on the Sunday morning. We all really enjoyed our time here and would certainly come back if we wanted to visit the area again. We took our own tents, there are three camping field two of which were for clamping and the third for your own tent. During our stay there was plenty of room, they don't allocate pitches so I am not sure how much space you get when its busy but we had no problems. They have a no noise rule from 10 pm and I overheard other parties being asked to keep the noise low which we really appreciated. I thought that it was odd that although I paid online on my card, that you can only use cash at the shop. When booking I purchased a BBQ kit for both me and my friends and this was great as there was ample fuel both for a BBQ and a fire afterwards. The closest toilet to the camping field I was in was an eco loo. I didn't go in but my daughters did and said it was a bit gross. As a result I walk for an extra minute to the main toilets which we clean, had loo roll and solar lights! The showers were also clean and the water warm. I liked how at the washing up points they provided washing up liquid, scrubies and dish clothes. There is a table tennis table but no other entertainment to speak of. This didn't prove to be a problem as there was so much space for the kids to roam and we brought bats and ball etc... One touch I did like is that they provide wheelbarrows to take your stuff from the car to your pitch. I am not sure what the owners would say but the kids loved playing in these! I read in advance that you could purchase discounted tickets for Longleat. We decided not to go but I saw that this was the case. We went to Stourhead, a national trust property which was just 11 miles away and was a great day out. I also noted that the campsite is on the national cycle network (no 2 I think) so you could cycle to Romsey to Bath. As mentioned before if we come back to the area I would certainly come back here, it was a lovely camp site!
Jul 8, 2019 by Mike C
★★★☆☆

Lovely and central for visits

Pros: lovely and clean, thoughtfully laid out, love the quiet after 10pm rule! No one allowed to camp in the centre of the site so there’s some breathing space for those of us who like space, hand towels, soap and cleaning up items provided and toilets clean. Cons: too close to the highway so constant traffic sounds, farmers next door shooting at 4am ( I have an issue with hunting in general and the timing doesn’t help!), the check in guy not particularly friendly Other than that- it’s a nice site for getting around all the Wiltshire places to see - literally down the road from Longleat, Stonehenge, Avebury, old Sarum and not too far from Silbury and West Kennet Long Barrow. The locals are lovely and helpful and the site is clearly looked after and thoughtfully built. Definitely worth a visit! I took away two stars for the noisy highway and shooting!
Jul 1, 2019 by Tazcat
★★★★☆

Pretty Nice

Botany Camping is really nice, we have been a couple of times, once glamping and once camping. Tent pitches seem spacious and the staff are friendly. The site is clean and tidy. The only (minor) downsides are that the 'eco-loo' is just gross. It stinks and is completely horrible. The other toilets are fine. The website also advertises a BBQ being included with your camping. The BBQ was really a battered, rusty, fold-away thing where the top griddle didn't fit. Other than these two rather minor issues, the place is great. Oh, and I wish it was possible to check in earlier without incurring a fee.
Jun 2, 2019 by Richard
★★★★★

Lovely quiet campsite with fabulous breakfast!

We were staying in our campervan, and had a whole field to ourselves! The BBQ pack was fab, with the option of Thai if we were extra hungry! Showers and toilets were spotless, washing up facilities had everything you need, including washing up liquid and tea towels! The eco loo was handy for night time visits with the kids. The Thai rainbow bus was great, would recommend the pancakes with bacon! A real treat! Campsite is perfectly placed for visits, including five minutes from Longleat and 1/2 hour from Stonehenge. All in all, a well resourced campsite with excellent facilities. We will definitely be returning!
Aug 8, 2018 by Donna
★★★★★

Great little getaway!

Just came back from a lovely weekend at Botany Campground. The site itself was fine - loads of space in the centre for kids and adults alike to engage in a bit of frisbee or football. What I loved was the 'barbeque pack' option - marshmallows included! There was loads of wood and the fire built up quickly and easily. The site was quiet through the night and if one did happen to stay up to look, it's dark enough to see a glimmer of the Milky Way :) We didn't eat the Thai food or the breakfast baps because we barbequed, but loved that it's an option and my partner and I are dead keen to try it when we come again - just remember to bring cash!!
Jul 17, 2018 by Erin
★★★★★

Stunning location, friendly staff

On arrival the staff were prompt to greet us and make us feel entirely welcome. They showed us where to park up and even brought us over a wheel barrow so we could move our things easily. The facilities were brilliant- the loos were so clean and the food availability was fantastic. Camp fires being allowed was such a plus! Would definitely recommend!
Jul 9, 2018 by Deborah
★★★★☆

Fantastic views

Botany campsite is very charming. Nice big open fields with great views of the country side. This camp site is completely off the grid (so no fridge facilities or any where to plug in a hair dryer ect) Thus is very eco friendly and complete with eco toilets and solar lighting. Every thing was kept very clean and topped up. There’s a charming restaurant/tea room in an old bus on site. The owners and staff were very jolly and nice and food was good. There’s also some animals onsite. Our pitch was a great size and came with a bbq to use. Great for a few days camp over the weekend. Also just a stones throw from Longleat safari park. Would come back again :)
Jul 2, 2018 by Emma
★★★☆☆

Something different

Ive never been glamping before so it was a fun experience. It was great that we did not have to take anything apart from our bedding as everything was provided. We got a good deal with 2 nights for 1 but i wouldn't of paid £150 per night as its still quite expensive for what it was. The camp site was in a good location also. A couple of downfalls was that our zip on our tent did not do up properly but this was soon resolved the next morning when we found someone to help fit it. Another is that the string on our tent broke 2 times that resulted in the tent collapsing slightly. This was also resolved as soon as we reported it. The service was great and they helped with everything we asked. Great for familys and friends. Like i said i wouldnt pay that much per night but it was a fun experience and something different.
Jun 17, 2018 by Stephanie
★★★★★

Great Family Weekend

We returned yesterday from our first glamping experience and it was fantastic. We were greeted on arrival and shown exactly what to do, we unpacked, made our beds and we were ready. We went for dinner in the recommended Snooty Fox which was nice and sat in their lovely garden. We then toasted our marshmallows and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We had the best thunder and lightening storm to entertain us throughout the night which our 4 year old slept right through. We took advantage of the discounted Longleat tickets and spent all of Sunday having a brilliant time. Everyone is up early cooking their breakfasts, the kids are able to roam free and play. The showers are clean and warm and plenty to choose from. You really only need your bedding, towels and clothes as there really is everything else you need! I would highly recommend Botany Camping, it's been a proper treat!
May 29, 2018 by Emma Garcia
★★★★★

Great weekend at Botany Camping

We spent the May Bank Holiday weekend camping at Botany, in a group of five families. This was in our own tents, rather than the glamping option. We were really pleased and impressed with the site, which suited us very well. We had the space to pitch our tents in a circle in one corner and there was loads of space in the middle of the field for all the kids on the site to run around and play. The facilities were also very good, and in some cases brand new! Crispin was very helpful and good to chat to. The proximity to Longleat and Stourhead means that there is plenty to do in the area and the facilities of Warminster are close by. We enjoyed ourselves so much we want to book for the same weekend next year!

May 30, 2016 by markhylton
★★★★★

Perfectly pitched

We loved this campsite.  Lovely owners, fantastic facilities kept immaculately clean.  pretty campsite with lots of Eco charm.  Great location for Longleat and Stonehenge and good local pubs.  We have two young children who found plenty to occupy themselves and the campfires provided were perfect for a family evening.  We cannot wait to return.

May 1, 2016 by Lucy
★★★★★

Beautiful and charming

Botany camping has everything we could wish for from a campsite. Crispen was always happy to help and looked after our needs. He and other family members were friendly and knowledgeable about the many local opportunities to enjoy.

The facilities were of a high standard and kept clean with extra toilets and showers being installed ready for this season. I hope this development doesn't go too far as this site is a great example of a lovely small family run site with a whole lot of charm and stacks to do and explore for any camper. 

Loved our stay and can't wait to visit again.

Mar 23, 2016 by lewisdiffey

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