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Tudor Caravan Park Campsite Review

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We visited Tudor Caravan Park at Slimbridge to go to the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust Centre on our way home from Cornwall. The campsite is just five minutes’ walk from the entrance and six miles from junction 13 on the M5 (it’s 10 miles from junction 14).

The main field has a new heated amenities block with excellent showers and a comprehensive laundry room at £3 for a wash and 20p for six minutes’ use of the tumble dryer. It is no wonder the site has recently won the Cotswolds Caravan and Camping Site of the Year 2012 Award and has David Bellamy’s Gold Approval.

On the banks of the canal close by is a small shop selling basic groceries and papers, it also hires bikes and narrowboats and has an adjoining café. The Tudor Arms at the site entrance serves excellent food at reasonable prices – you would be advised to book. On some evenings there’s also a fish and chip van that comes to the site.

The pitches are all level and easily accessible with a choice of hardstandings or grass and TV reception is reasonably good on the pitches. The motorhome service point is easily accessed.

We had a great day in the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust Centre, which caters well for children as well as the keen bird watcher. There are many different species of ducks and geese from all over the world and hides overlooking banks of the Severn River. It is open 364 days a year and admission costs about £10 (half price for four to 16-year-olds), full details can be found on www.wwt.org.uk/visit/slimbridge/plan-your-visit/prices. Splendid Berkeley Castle is within five miles of the campsite and details can be found on www.berkeley-castle.com. The picturesque villages of Bourton-on-the-Water and Moreton-in-Marsh in the Cotswolds are not far away. The swing bridge over the Gloucester to Sharpness canal is just beyond the entrance and the National Cycle Route no 41 passes over this bridge. The towpath is mostly reasonably smooth for cycling to Gloucester, which is about 12 miles away.

Tudor Caravan Park is rated four pennants by the AA and is four-star rated by the English Tourist Board. It’s well appointed and conveniently situated for the Wildfowl Trust and the Cotswolds. Other nearby attractions include Purton Hulks (a collection of wooden boats) and the Edward Jenner Museum. We will certainly be visiting the site again on our way to Cornwall.

Recommended by Mick and Elaine Statham

Tudor Caravan Park            Tudor Arms PubWildfowl and Wetlands Trust Centre

SITE INFORMATION

ADDRESS: Shepherds Patch, Slimbridge, Gloucestershire GL2 7BP
TEL: 01453-890483
WEB: www.tudorcaravanpark.com
EMAIL: info@tudorcaravanpark.co.uk
Open: All year

Charges (2012): £15 - £20.50 - two adults, pitch and 16-amp electric hook-up (vacate by 11am), dogs £1, WiFi £1 for 24 hours and £5 for a week.
Nearest public transport: Train station at Cam and Dursley, 3.5 miles.
Nearest pub/restaurant: Tudor Arms by site entrance.
Directions: Follow signs to Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetland Centre from J13 or J14 M5. Through Slimbridge village, site on left behind Tudor Arms before canal bridge.

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