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The best campsites in Cornwall

It’s not hard to see why Cornwall is one of the most popular camping destinations in the UK. Bordered only by the county of Devon, Cornish campsites are surrounded by wildly diverse coastline, beautiful countryside, and plenty of sandy beaches. Find your ideal campsite below and have a brilliant time touring caravan sites in Cornwall.

Cornwall camping FAQs

Is wild camping in Cornwall permitted?
The rules on wild camping in the UK are complex; please read our guide to wild camping.
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Are there any glamping campsites in Cornwall?

Please view our glamping and self-catering accommodation to find out more.

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Which campsites in Cornwall allow dogs?

Most of our campsites allow dogs and have facilities to cater to your four-legged friend. Look out for dog friendly facility icons on campsites, such as whether there’s a designated dog walk or doggy shower. View a list of our top dog friendly campsites.

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Which campsites in Cornwall are adult only?

Most of our campsites are family friendly however, a selection of our member exclusive sites are adult only.

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Where are Cornwall's best camping destinations?

Some of the most popular areas to camp in Cornwall include St Ives, Bude, Tregurrian, Newquay, Perranporth and Veryan however, there are many more equally beautiful areas to choose from. Many holiday makers in Cornwall choose to move around throughout the season, touring the campsites to see different attractions.

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Which are the best family friendly campsites in Cornwall?

Our campsites have their facilities listed to make finding a site suitable for you and your family quick and simple. Look out for facility icons such as play area, parent and baby room and washing machines.

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Where are the best campsites in Cornwall?

Cornwall is one of the most popular places to camp in the UK, especially in the warmer months. With a handful of Club Sites and 40+ member exclusive campsites, joining the Club gives you the best variety of Cornish campsites to choose from.

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Things to do and see while camping in Cornwall

Explore the Cornish coastline

One of the main attractions of Cornwall is, of course, its beautiful coastline. Expect picturesque fishing villages, smugglers’ coves, glorious golden beaches and surf-worthy waves.

Some of the most popular beaches in Cornwall include Sennen Cove Beach, Fistral Beach and Widemouth Bay. They’re just a few of the endless sandy stretches to explore in Cornwall. Find out more about Cornwall’s beaches.

Beaches aren’t the only attractions along Cornwall’s coast. Some other popular coastal attractions include:

  • The Isles of Scilly, an archipelago of tiny islands a few miles from Cornwall’s most westerly point, Land’s End.
  • Tracing the most southerly tip of mainland Britain is the Lizard Coastal Walk (following the South West Coastal Path). This three-hour trek is family friendly and gives walkers the chance to see just some of the dramatic cliffs, rare geology, and bustling wildlife Cornwall has to offer.
  • St Michael’s Mount is home to castle walls, ancient cobbles, and sub-tropical gardens. Depending on the time of day and tide, you can either wander across the causeway or hop in a boat to get to the historic castle and island.

    Visit Cornwall’s local towns and villages

    There are plenty of Cornish seaside towns and villages to explore. Some of the most popular include:

  • St Ives with its sandy blue beaches, cool independent shops, and vibrant culture.
  • Bude for a typical bucket and spade day out. The safe, family friendly town is ideal for a leisurely day of exploring or enjoying the beach.
  • Falmouth, which is a large port town and always buzzing with activity. This is where larger ships dock in Cornwall and as a university town, there are plenty of shops and eateries to explore.
  • Mevagissey, a traditional fishing village, great, for getting a true feel of Cornwall.
  • Port Isaac, a quaint but bustling village steeped in history.

    Uncover Cornish culture

    Today, Cornwall’s economy is based on tourism, yet up until the early 20th century, it was the most important mining area in the whole of Europe. It is thought that tin was mined in Cornwall as early as the Bronze Age, with copper, lead, zinc and silver all being mined too. Recently awarded World Heritage Site status, the landscape is generously sprinkled with remnants of its mining past - demonstrating the county’s enormous contribution to the Industrial Revolution.

    Due to its secluded location, independent identity and fascinating traditions, Cornwall is arguably Britain’s most unique county. With ancient connections to King Arthur and tales of giants, pixies, and mermaids, mystical folklore is a prominent part of Cornish culture. Surrounded by bent, stunted trees and eerie mining trees, Bodmin Moor is home to the Beast of Bodmin and Dozmary Pool - a lake associated with King Arthur’s legendary sword Excalibur.

    Make the most of local food and drink

    With an abundance of locally caught seafood and delicious delicacies, Cornwall is famed for its food and drink culture. Arguably the county’s most iconic dish, the Cornish Pasty is an essential part of any camping trip in Cornwall. Here are a few more things to try during your holiday:

  • Take a trip to Padstow to sample food by revered celebrity chef Rick Stein.
  • Go for traditional clotted cream tea but remember that in Cornwall, the cream always goes on top of the jam!
  • Visit Camel Valley vineyard in Bodmin to sample locally grown wines. View all of the best vineyards in the UK.

    Other attractions in Cornwall

    Cornwall is famous for many things, from surfing, beautiful gardens, boat trips and scuba diving to coastal walks and moorland walking trails. Here are five things to do on your next camping trip in Cornwall:

    1. Eden Project

    Explore the world’s largest indoor rainforest, 20 acres of gardens and over 3,000 varieties of plant life at the Eden Project. Situated between the charming towns of St Austell and Fowey, the Eden Project conducts valuable research into plant conservation and host hands-on learning experiences about climate change, ecosystems and plant resources.

    2. Minack Theatre

    At first glance, the Minack Theatre might look like a ruined Mediterranean temple, however, it is actually an outdoor auditorium for theatrical productions. Located right on the tip of the south-west peninsula, a short drive from Land’s End, the Minack Theatre is a dramatic landscape overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

    3. The Lost Gardens of Heligan

    Awarded Garden of the Year in 2013, the Lost Gardens of Heligan offer 200 acres of exotic gardens to explore. Twenty-five years ago, Heligan’s historic gardens were unknown and lost under a tangle of weeds. Today, the Lost Gardens have been restored to their former glory among the finest gardens in Cornwall.

    4. Land’s End

    Famous for being England’s most westerly point and a popular tourist attraction, Land’s End is home to rugged cliffs, glistening waves and meandering pathways. This iconic Cornish landscape is the perfect photographic opportunity.

    5. Tintagel Castle

    Widely thought to be King Arthur’s elusive Camelot, Tintagel Castle is a medieval fortress perched on the edge of a sea cliff.

    6. Cornish Seal Sanctuary

    Based in quaint Helford Estuary, The Sea Life Trust Cornish Seal Sanctuary is a charity that rescues and rehabilitates grey seal pups and endangered sea life from around the Cornish coastline. When visiting the sanctuary, you can experience these magnificent marine animals up close and personal and learn about their individual stories.

    8. Adrenalin Quarry

    If you are looking for adventure and family-fun when staying in Cornwall, unique gravity park Adrenalin Quarry is a must-visit! There are plenty of exciting adventures to choose from, including karting, zip-wires, and axe-throwing to get your heart racing and adrenalin pumping.

    9. Carnglaze Caverns

    Intrepid adventurers, young and old, will relish the chance to journey beneath the stunning Cornish landscape and explore the three man-made caverns formed as part of a slate quarry in the Loveny Valley, near the village of St Neot. The first of the caverns is coined ‘the Rum Store’, as it was originally used by the Royal Navy during World War II to store its supply of rum! In 2001, the man-made caverns were converted into an auditorium seating up to 400 people and have since been used as a weird but wonderful concert venue and tourist attraction.
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