With international travel restrictions and a greater focus on getting outdoors, camping holidays in the UK are more popular than ever this summer. As camping experts with extensive knowledge of the best UK camping hotspots we think that’s a great thing, and we’re so excited for more Brits to discover some of the most fabulous camping sites right here on our doorstep.
We can recommend a host of the best camping sites in the UK, all the way from Inverness to St Ives – but we thought we'd also turn to Instagram to help provide a little bit more inspiration for newcomers looking for a UK camping holiday where they can capture some serious #travelgoals shots this summer.
We headed over to the photo sharing site to find out which UK
camping sites are the most Instagrammable. We analysed how
often 100 of our top UK campsites had been geo-tagged on the
photo app and where you can enjoy some incredible views and
snap some fantastic photos this summer.
Read on below for the results.
1. Lusty Glaze Beach, Cornwall
Shooting to the top spot quite substantially with over 25,000 posts is the utterly beautiful Lusty Glaze Beach. It is certainly worth lusting after! The private beach resort offers a truly luxurious style of camping, from being welcomed with a glass of champagne to sleeping in a luxury bell tent with a double bed and private wet room. The beach facilities offer everything from jet skiing to surfing lessons and even yoga. As well as being a great choice for a holiday, the site is also a popular choice for weddings.
2. Elmley Nature Reserve, Kent
Located on the Isle of Sheppy, Elmley Nature Reserve is a magnificent spot to take in nature’s beauty. The accommodation is comprised of six shepherd’s huts boasting glass windows allowing you to take in the views – from the meadow grasses to the yachts in the distance along the Swale channel, and the wildlife wandering the site including geese and wildfowl. In the site’s VIP Damson hut, you can even enjoy your own private outside bath for soaking in the views and the hot bubbles all at once.
3. Eweleaze Farm, Dorset
Eweleaze Farm is one of the most popular campsites in the UK, and you have to get in there fast with a booking each year before it sells out. The campsite is a temporary fixture only available in August, and is seen almost as a festival of camping. While there’s no music, you can expect plenty of food and drink options and a fantastic atmosphere with over 1,000 people a day joining together to enjoy the cliffside site on the Jurassic coastline.
4. Wowo (Wapsbourne Manor Farm), Sussex
Fondly referred to as Wowo, this rural campsite is the ideal location for a complete digital detox and remote getaway. The site packs in a host of wellbeing activities to choose from, and enjoys traditional camping touches such as open fires and old rope swings. The site is made up of five spacious farms plus an extra secret spot hosting the premium woodland cabins for those looking for that extra bit of privacy. In the centre of the site is a makeshift village with a hot tub, live music, circus skills, chai lattes and free soup. A true bohemian escape.
5. Three Cliffs Bay Caravan Park, Gower
Three Cliff Bay Caravan Park gets its name from the Three Cliffs Bay beach which it surrounds. The beach is one of the most popular and simply stunning beaches in this part of Wales. The campsite sits just behind the beach taking in the impressive views. The park is a family-owned affair and has been with the same family since 1951, offering a very traditional and scenic camping experience across their 150-acre farm.
6. Mount Pleasant Eco Park, Cornwall
The Mount Pleasant Eco Park is all about looking after the environment - from wind turbines to solar panels supplying the energy, to ensuring all campers take care of the environment throughout their stay. In such a beautiful location it only makes sense to want to do everything you can to protect nature. The site also offers a communal campfire and a pizza oven for a cosy and tasty setting to mingle with the other campers. The 42-acre farm has been turned around by its owners who bought the space in 2001 from being a derelict space to a thriving and beautiful campsite.
7. Humble Bee Farm, Yorkshire
Hidden away among the Yorkshire wolds, Humble Bee is a truly special place to stay. The campsite is an eclectic mix of wigwams, bell tents and yurts and is all surrounded by beautiful fauna and flora which not only looks the part but also helps to protect the area’s wildlife and promote biodiversity. The site is a great choice for kids and wildlife lovers of all ages, with plenty of opportunities to interact with the animals on the farm and even collect fresh eggs from the hens. The owners also provide plenty of luxury touches including a bottle of bubbly and breakfast packs.
8. Catgill Farm Camping & Glamping, Yorkshire
Another Yorkshire beauty is Catgill Farm, a camping and glamping site located by the historic Bolton Abbey. The site offers the perfect mix of a traditional camping atmosphere alongside more modern and luxurious touches, such as hot tubs among the trees and kitted out timber pods for sleeping in. The location not only provides stunning views but plenty to do – from wandering down to the old Abbey to visiting the tea rooms or taking a ride on the vintage steam train.
9. Aberafon, Gwynedd
This Welsh campsite is undoubtedly one of the most well-located campsites in the entire UK. Aberafon is sandwiched between the beach and the mountains on Llyn Peninsula, with views to suit everyone from every angle. Adventurous types can enjoy wild swimming or for the more traditional swimmers there are sandy beaches suited to a relaxing paddle. Other water activities include sailing and kayaking, or stick to the land (and the air) by paragliding from the mountains.
10. Stanley Villa Farm, Lancashire
Rounding out the top 10 is this uber-cool glamping site in Lancashire – located just 15 minutes from Blackpool but enjoying a tranquil lakeside location. The colourful ‘bugs’ as the accommodation is referred to, are fully insulated and well-equipped. They are also the ideal location for enjoying your own private campfire. In the centre of the site there is a 5-acre manmade lake offering fishing opportunities for complete beginners to experienced anglers.
Have a look at the full top 25 in our slider gallery below.
Using our expert camping knowledge and experience we compiled a set of 100 of the top UK campsites. We didn’t include very large campsites and holiday parks within the set so as not to skew the data based on capacity alone. We used the Instagram geo-location feature to analyse how many times photos had been tagged at each of the 100 campsites. The 25 sites which has been tagged the most often were used as our final results.
Looking for a UK camping holiday this summer? There are still last-minute spaces available throughout August and beyond. So take a browse to find your Instagramable spot.