Campsites Near the Coast
Are you looking for the perfect beach camping holiday? Look no further, below we’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite beach campsites below. We’ve also listed all of our coastal campsites by region, to make it easy for you to find your ideal campsite by the sea.
1. Bude Club Site, Cornwall
Highlight: This campsite is just minutes from some of Cornwall’s best surfing and bathing beaches.
You won’t find a better Cornish campsite by the sea than our Bude Club Site. Clifftop walks, pretty fishing ports and of course, sun-soaked beaches are all on your doorstep. Boscastle, Port Issac and Tintagel Castle are just a few nearby attractions to explore. With a recreation room and play area for little ones, Bude is a great all-rounder for the whole family.
Best beaches near Bude:
- Crackington Haven is a picture-perfect shingle cove with plenty of rock pools to explore at low tide.
- Widemouth Bay is accessible from the South West Coastal Path and just a few miles south of Bude itself.
- Black Rock Sands, at the south end of Widemouth Bay, is dog friendly all year round which is perfect for those of you camping with your furry companions in tow.
2. Scarborough Club Site, North Yorkshire
Highlight: Ideal for exploring both Yorkshire’s coast and moors.
Head to Britain’s first holiday resort for the coast, culture and clifftop walks. At Scarborough Club Site you’ll be close to the beach, pretty seaside towns and the North York Moors National Park. Scarborough Castle, RSPB Bempton Cliffs and Whitby are just a sample of the variety of nearby attractions you’ll be able to explore.
Best beaches near Scarborough:
- Scarborough Beach is just a short clifftop walk away from the campsite.
- Whitby Beach is a little further afield. It’s around 30 minutes away by car but worth it to explore the seaside town.
- Cayton Bay, around 15 minutes away is a dog-friendly beach year-round with great facilities.
3. Sandringham Club Site, Norfolk
Highlight: Set in the woodland of the Royal Estate of Sandringham
Woodland pitches, nearby sandy coastal stretches and RSPB reserves are just a few of the pulls for campers at Sandringham. While camping on the estate, you’re free to explore endless acres of woodland and gardens which are open to the public. Walkers and cyclists will be at home here, with quiet roads and forest tracks around the campsite.
Best beaches near Sandringham:
- Hunstanton Beach, with its shingle shore and pink and white striped cliffs, is just as ideal for rock pooling as it is for a blustery stroll on a colder day. You’ll find arcades and plenty of shops selling ice cream in this classic Victorian seaside town.
- Brancaster Beach is owned by the National Trust. This golden sandy beach is perfect for spending a day in the sunshine, for building sandcastles and making wonderful holiday memories.
- Snettisham Beach is favoured by nature lovers, with its mudflats attracting an array of wading birds.
4. Dartmouth Club Site, Devon
Highlight: The harbour town of Dartmouth and its many attractions are just a five-minute drive away.
Watersports lovers, history enthusiasts and active outdoor adventures are all catered for at Dartmouth Club Site. There are plenty of walking and cycling opportunities, picturesque beaches, and nearby attractions to keep you entertained.
Best beaches near Dartmouth:
- Blackpool Sands, a Blue Flag Award-winning beach is within walking distance.
- Slapton Sands Beach is a three-mile-long shingle stretch, popular with visitors and locals alike.
- Beesands Beach is popular with watersports enthusiasts and has great amenities.
5. Beadnell Bay Club Site, Northumberland
Highlight: Great for beaches, walking and cycling
Beadnell Bay Club Site offers a fantastic location, overlooking the Northumberland coast. You’ll be just minutes from the beach, great walking routes and the pretty fishing village of Seahouses. Alnwick Castle, the Farne Islands and the RNLI Grace Darling Museum are just a few things to do during your Northumberland seaside camping holiday.
Best beaches near Beadnell Bay:
- Beadnell Bay is a wide, sandy beach, right on the doorstep of the campsite. This beach is good for swimming in warmer months and has some great walking options year-round.
- Seahouses is nearby and the best place to catch a boat over to the wildlife-rich Farne Islands. Seahouses Beach itself is a large, sandy expanse with good water for swimming.
- Bamburgh Castle Beach, overlooked by the Norman castle that’s worth a visit during your trip, is popular with surfers. The dunes behind the beach are a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
6. Sennen Cove Club Site, Cornwall
Highlight: Camp on the Lands’ End peninsula with spectacular sea views.
There’s plenty to do while you’re camping at Sennen Cove. Fantastic walks, fascinating museums and fishing ports are plentiful. Gwynver Beach is a 25-minute walk away. For the more energetic, the sandy shores of Sennen Beach are a 45-minute walk away from which you can walk to the Lands’ End peninsular.
Best beaches near Sennen Cove:
- Gwynver Beach is accessed by a steep coastal path, meaning it rarely gets too crowded.
- Porthcurno Beach, with its fine golden sand, gentle stream and rocky formations, makes you feel like you’re in an oasis.
- Sennen Cove is a well-maintained and popular beach for swimming and surfing.
7. Folkestone Club Site, Kent
Highlight: Stunning clifftop campsite, ideal for Channel hoppers.
Our peaceful Folkestone Club Site overlooks the Dover-Folkestone Heritage Coast. Whether you’re looking for a tranquil coastal campsite or a stop-off point before crossing the Channel, Folkestone is a great location for campers. Cobbled highstreets, glorious beaches and attractions for history lovers await all that camp on this popular clifftop campsite.
Best beaches near Folkestone:
- Sunny Sands is within walking distance of Folkestone Club Site, with pubs and restaurants nearby too.
- Hythe Beach is mainly shingle but backed by a quiet promenade, ideal for grabbing your classic seaside ice cream.
- Dungeness, a 40-minute drive away is a shingle beach backed by an RSPB nature reserve which means there’s a wide variety of plant life and wildlife to observe.
8. Rosemarkie Club Site, Highlands
Highlight: Enjoy views over the Moray Firth
Does dolphin spotting from your pitch, strolling along the sand to the Fairy Glen Falls or exploring a ruined cathedral in Fortrose sound idyllic? From Rosemarkie Club Site, there are so many possibilities of things to do, all within a stone’s throw from views of the beautiful Scottish sea. Pitching up here will put you within driving distance of Inverness, the largest city in the Highlands.
Best beaches near Rosemarkie:
- Rosemarkie Beach is on your doorstep, with Chanonry Point at the far end, being a favourite spot among wildlife and dolphin spotters.
- Munlochy Bay, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, is around a 15-minute drive away. It’s the sand and mudflats here that make it a haven for wading and migratory birds and therefore a great location for birdwatchers.
- Fortrose Beach, a mix of sand and shingle allows dogs year-round and has a handy café nearby.
9. Cardigan Bay Club Site, Wales
Highlight: Nearby beaches of the West coast
Cardigan Bay Club Site is a great base for a UK coastal camping holiday. With beaches and fishing villages nearby, there are plenty of things to both nearby the campsite and further afield. The area is a wildlife haven, with the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre offering tours and information about local conservation efforts.
Best beaches near Cardigan Bay:
- New Quay has a few beautiful sandy beaches and is a popular location for wildlife lovers, looking out for the famous Cardigan Bay dolphins.
- Llangrannog Beach, a sensational stretch of sand is an 18-minute drive from our Cardigan Bay Club Site.
- Cwmtydu Beach, owned by the National Trust, is a charming cove just 3 miles from the campsite. The shingle beach is a regular stop-off point for grey seals, and the high pastures overlooking the sea are a great place to spot wild ponies.
10. Slapton Sands Club Site, Devon
Highlight: Spectacular sea views.
Slapton Sands Club Site is the ideal location for a beach holiday. Located on the stunning South Devon Heritage Coast, there’s plenty of rolling countryside, beautiful beaches and family attractions to please everyone.
Best beaches near Slapton Sands:
- Slapton Sands Beach is just a few minutes’ walk away from the campsite.
- Blackpool Sands, backed by evergreens and scented pines, is just to the north of the campsite.
11. Tregurrian Club Site, Cornwall
Highlight: There are 14 beaches to choose from when camping on our Tregurrian Club Site
Just north of Newquay, you’ll find our idealistic Tregurrian Club Site. Just a short walk along the South West Coastal Path will bring you to the popular family beach of Watergate Bay which is also a favourite among surfers. It’s not all about beaches at Tregurrian though. Newquay Zoo, the Lappa Steam Railway and Padstow are all worth a visit during your holiday.
Best beaches near Tregurrian:
- Watergate Bay and its sandy shoreline welcome dogs all year round.
- Fistral Beach is one of the top surfing locations, holding all of the big surf events. Book onto a beginner’s course or just lie back and take in the action.
12. Culzean Castle Club Site, Ayrshire
Highlight: Camp within the grounds of a fairytale Scottish castle
Overlooking the Firth of Clyde to the islands of Arran and Ailsa Craig, Culzean Castle Club Site is just one of our treasured Scottish coastal campsites. Camping in Ayrshire gives you access to both beautiful coastline and countryside as well as plenty of historic landmarks and towns to visit nearby. The highlight is its location within the grounds of Corfe Castle; just a short walk away from five kilometres of stunning coastline.
Best beaches near Culzean Castle:
- Culzean Beach is within the National Trust for Scotland managed Castle and Country Park which is just a short walk away from the campsite. You’ll find rockpools, sand dunes, caves and plenty more to explore on the 5-kilometre stretch.
- Maidens Beach can be found on the southern tip of the country park, with fantastic views across the Firth of Clyde on clear days.
- Croy Beach is a stretch of sand and rocky outcrops, popular with surfers but equally good for a walk at your own pace.
13. Normans Bay Club Site, East Sussex
Highlight: Pitch up a stone’s throw away from the beach
Normans Bay Club Site is ideal for a beach camping holiday with plenty to do away from the sandy coast too. If you’re a walker, you can pick the South Downs Way up at the Seven Sisters Country Park or join the 1066 way which takes you on a tour of Norman fortifications in the area. Kids will be pleased to hear that Drusillas Park is within driving distance and the popular beach towns of Eastbourne and Brighton are reachable too. For a quieter day out, Herstmonceux Castle and Charleston Manor are perfect for packing in a little historical knowledge.
Best beaches near Normans Bay:
- Normans Bay Beach is mainly a shingle affair, but there are sandflats for sandcastles at low tide. This is the closest beach to the campsite and perfect for spending a day at leisure.
- Cooden Beach, just a 2-mile drive away from the campsite is dog-friendly year-round. The shingle beach gently slopes into the sea. Popular, with watersports lovers, this beach is a great alternative for spending a day at the seaside.
- Eastbourne is around a 20-minute drive away from Normans Bay. While there you could explore the Victorian seafront, enjoy the 3-mile long family-friendly beach or stop by one of the many places to grab a bite to eat.
14. Corfe Castle Club Site, Dorset
Highlight: Walkers and nature lovers will be in their element
At the foot of the Purbeck Hills our family-friendly Corfe Castle Club Site is in a great position for exploring the coast, countryside and nearby towns. Nature lovers can enjoy an array of wildlife on-site (including badgers), the nearby Arne RSPB Nature Reserve and the Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve. Corfe Castle itself is just a 15-minute walk from the campsite, but you’ll see its silhouette throughout your holiday with us.
Best beaches near Corfe Castle:
- Studland peninsula stretches over 4-miles of sandy shoreline. The areas made up of several beaches, all great for sandcastles, kite flying and exploring. Studland Beach has a Blue Flag award, making it great for swimming when the weather permits.
- Lulworth Cove and its stunning blue waters make this one of the most popular beaches in Dorset. The pebble beach is a must-visit during your holiday, but it does get busy on warm days.
- Durdle Door, with its iconic limestone arch, is a lovely sand and shingle beach. Whether you want to relax, explore or swim its well worth the 30-minute drive from the campsite.
15. Chichester Club Site, Hampshire
Highlight: Easy access to both Blue Flag beaches and pretty villages
Chichester Club Site has easy on-foot access to Chichester Harbour, and outside the campsite entrance, you’ll find a bus stop with routes to Brighton, Little Hampton, Southampton and Portsmouth so you’ll never be short of new places to explore. If you’re in need or a more relaxing coastal break, there are Blue Flag beaches within easy reach, ideal for a day or two at leisure, enjoying the sand and sea.
Best beaches near Chichester:
- West Wittering is a Blue Flag award-winning beach, just under a 30-minute drive away from the campsite. The sandy beach is popular with families and has dog-free zones.
- Selsey Beach is a shingle stretch connected to the fishing village. Just a few miles from Chichester, this is a lovely area to explore during your visit.
- East Head Beach, managed by the National Trust, is a wildlife hotspot. Seals, sand lizards and skylarks are just a few of the animals to look out for during a visit here. This sandy beach is backed by sand dunes and has dog restrictions in place. East Head is a popular choice among families and just under a 30-minute drive away from Chichester campsite.
View our guide to the best dog-friendly beaches or find out about other ways to camp and our top tips with our holiday ideas.