Campsites in Cornwall: our pick of the best
Without a doubt, Cornwall has it all. Golden beaches stretching on for miles, subtropical gardens, giant cliffs, pretty fishing villages, and it is steeped in myth and legend. Cornwall is rugged and refined, beautiful, wild and inspirational. The ideal place to spend some holiday time...
- Why go camping in Cornwall?
- Campsites in Cornwall near the beach
- Campsites near Bude
- Campsites near St Austell
- Campsites near Redruth
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Words by Claire Tupholme
Why go camping in Cornwall?
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Cornwall is renowned for its stunning beaches, and many campsites in Cornwall are near the beach. These range from campsites within a stone's throw of the golden sands to some with a beach just a short walk away. It’s no secret that Cornwall’s beaches are some of the best in the world. With more than 300, along the 400-plus miles of coastline, you are spoilt for choice. Some of Cornwall's most popular beaches include Fistral, in Newquay, St Ives Bay, and Summerleaze, in Bude.
The attractions in Cornwall are not all just the beaches, though; there are plenty of other places to visit. Some of the most popular Cornwall attractions include the Eden Project, the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Tintagel Castle, plus pretty towns and villages like Polperro and Mousehole.
For anyone thinking of a holiday in the southwest, there are a selection of dog-friendly campsites in Cornwall, with many of them close to dog-friendly Cornwall beaches.
You can't wild camp in Cornwall or actually camp on the beaches, either, so find yourself the perfect coastal campsite in Cornwall instead. Holiday parks and campsites in Cornwall offer a variety of accommodation choices to suit every type of holiday. From pitches for tents, caravans and motorhomes, to glamping, lodges, or static caravans, you can find the ideal Cornwall break for you.
One of the great things about campsites in Cornwall is the variety offered. The majority include modern shower and toilet blocks and laundry facilities, with the larger holiday campsites having shops, swimming pools, restaurants and bars. For anyone looking for an adults-only campsite in Cornwall you'll also find plenty of rural retreats for true relaxation.
Cornwall is a very popular county for holidays – visiting in peak holiday times, you may find Cornwall to be quite busy, but in off-peak periods it is a lot quieter and more laid-back. Likewise, during the off-peak season the cost to camp in Cornwall will be less than in peak season.
Campsites in Cornwall near the beach
Pentewan Sands Holiday Park
Situated on its own private beach overlooking Mevagissey Bay, teamed with countryside views, it is no wonder that Pentewan Sands Holiday Park is rated five stars. For authentic camping, but with the luxury of top facilities, pitch a tent or bring your touring caravan and motorhome – you even get to pick your ideal spot. Facilities include The Seahorse, home to a children's pool and length pool, free WiFi and bar and restaurant with sea views.
Pick up a racket and head to the tennis courts, jump on a bike or visit the children’s play area, set right on the beach. Boat launching and water sports are also available on the beach.
Elsewhere on site, you will find four large modern toilet blocks, baby changing and accessible facilities, a launderette and much more!
Find out more: Pentewan Sands Holiday Park
Carlyon Bay Caravan & Camping Park
This beautiful, family-run campsite abounds with exotic ﬂowers, palms, and other trees on manicured lawns set in 30 acres of mature woodlands and meadow. This high-quality site is one of only a few in Cornwall to be awarded the AA Platinum Park grading. There’s an on-site shop, outdoor heated pools, and free unlimited WiFi.
From the site, Carlyon Bay beach is just a 10-minute walk, while 1½ miles further along the scenic coastal footpath is the historic port of Charlestown, home to working tall ships. The world-famous Eden Project is just over two miles away. Set in the 35-acre grounds of an old china clay quarry, this giant 'greenhouse' creation is very much at the top of the ‘must see’ list of attractions.
Find out more: Carlyon Bay Caravan & Camping Park
Campsites near Bude
Wooda Farm Holiday Park
Wooda Farm Holiday Park is set in 40 acres of parkland with stunning views of Bude Bay and countryside inland, with many safe, sandy beaches within two miles. The campsite caters for motorhomes, caravans and tents and has excellent facilities with plenty of open space, colourful flower beds, well-kept lawns and peace and quiet. There is also the option to hire a luxury lodge, holiday cottage or caravan, too.
On the campsite is the Courtyard Bar and Lodge Takeaway, shop, children’s play area, tennis and badminton courts, fishing lakes and a caravan servicing and accessory shop.
You can also enjoy the wellness barn, yoga sessions and The Loft Cocktail Bar. WiFi is available throughout the campsite. An ideal base for exploring the delights of Devon and Cornwall.
Find out more: Wooda Farm Holiday Park
Campsites near St Austell
Heligan Caravan & Camping Park
On Cornwall’s south coast, perched above picturesque Mevagissey Bay, lies the five-star Heligan Caravan and Camping Park. Within the original Heligan Estate, surrounded by natural beauty, this park is a magical destination. Bring your tent to this secluded campsite – you’ll have a choice of pitches, as well as a number of hardstanding gravel pitches for your motorhome or caravan.
The new state-of-the-art facilities block includes toilets, showers, private bathrooms, an accessible wet room, a launderette and a drying room. Canine campers can even wash off their muddy paws with the brand-new dog shower!
From breathtaking coastal path walks, a number of beautiful beaches and the world-class Lost Gardens of Heligan right next door, this is an excellent base for this part of Cornwall.
Find out more: Heligan Caravan & Camping Park
Meadow Lakes is set within 56 acres of beautiful Cornish countryside, between the town of St Austell and the pretty fishing village of Mevagissey. There is a wide range of holiday accommodation (including pet friendly) available. Choose from camping and touring pitches, camping pods and cabins, garden cottages, caravans, lodges (some with hot tubs) or the family farmhouse for larger getaways.
Amenities include: four stunning coarse fishing lakes (free for staying guests), heated outdoor swimming pool (open end May – early September), licensed shop, Cosy Café, plus indoor and outdoor play areas. The campsite is surrounded by picturesque meadows, woodlands and lakes, with a large dog exercise field, and farm animals, too!
Find out more: Meadow Lakes
Campsites near Redruth
Globe Vale Holiday Park
Globe Vale Holiday Park is a family-run countryside campsite, open all year, accredited with an AA Five Pennant Platinum Award. It is set in 20 acres with far-reaching views across rolling fields to the coast. Mature trees and shrubs characterise the park, with plenty of open space for walking. There is a selection of luxury static caravans for hire, plus a Spa Lodge with sauna and whirlpool bath.
There are excellent modern facilities – including fully serviced hardstanding pitches, all with great views. There are modern shower facilities and a launderette, and a bar/restaurant (open during peak periods). For little ones there is a play area, a dedicated dog exercise field, and nearby there is a nine hole golf course, pubs, shops, plus local beaches just 10 minutes’ drive away. The campsite is within easy reach of many of Cornwall’s major attractions such as the world-famous Eden Project and St Ives.
Find out more: Globe Vale Holiday Park
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