Ah Wales, the land of dragons, the land of rugby, and most importantly, the land of Tom Jones! This wonderful country may not be large in size, but it definitely is large in spirit! I could go on with over a hundred reasons to visit Wales, but instead I’ll just help you do it! The best way to see Wales is by campervan, so that you can truly relish in the nature and beauty of this country. So here are the top 5 motorhome campsites in Wales that will allow you to do that.
#1 Shell Island
Shell Island is based in North Wales, and boasts stunning views of the unspoilt Welsh countryside. It has been a functioning campsite since 1958, and remained within the Workman family who still run it today. It’s unique location, on the North Cardigan Bay in the Snowdonia National Park, make it one of the best motorhome campsites in Wales. Given that it has 300 acres of space for camping, there will be plenty of room to enjoy. The site has shops, a tavern bar, a snack bar, a restaurant and more. This would mean there was almost no reason to leave, if it were not for the beautiful surroundings. From the campsite, you can easily reach the coast and engage in fishing, boating, crabbing or just chilling on the beach! Snowdonia Adventure Activities is only 2 miles away, and this will please the adrenaline junkies! Try your hand at rock climbing high above the Mawddach Estuary or sliding your way down a canyon. Kids will love Children’s Farm Park in Harlech, only 3 miles away. In Spring and early Summer you’ll be able to bottle feed the lambs and calves, and always have the chance to pet and enjoy the animals.
#2 Cardiff Caravan Park
Cardiff Caravan Park is the best of the motorhome sites in Wales for those wanting to explore a city. It is situated close to the heart of Cardiff, making it an ideal base from which to explore the many attractions in and around Cardiff. However, don’t be fooled into thinking it's not a beautiful site because of this, as it has a gorgeous surrounding area and has vast grassy areas. The campsite offers a Family Room from 9.30am to 4pm every day, where you can enjoy light refreshments and play games. Cycle hire is available within the site, so you can explore the surrounding area by bike. The site is praised for its security, as guests have reported feeling much safer due to 24 hour CCTV monitoring. There are several shops and bars nearby, so you’ll always have close access to everything you need! In Cardiff, you’ll find many things to keep you busy. Cardiff Castle offers a fascinating history including the site of a Roman fort, a medieval keep and spectacular Victorian Gothic additions by Williams Burges. A trip to Cardiff is incomplete without a trip to Cardiff Bay. This former industrial area, where the city made much of its wealth from the coal industry, has become a popular destination offering seaside walks, a variety of places to grab a drink with a view and for theatre buffs, why not visit the Wales Millenium Centre for a touring musical or opera.
#3 Heritage Coast Campsite
Situated in the beautiful Vale of Glamorgan, Heritage Coast Campsite is a secluded site with uninterrupted views of Glamorgan Hills and the sparkling Bristol Channel. This large grassy site caters to a variety of campers, and will be a lovely tranquil place to park your motorhome. On site there is Teddy’s Espresso Bar & Kitchen, which is open all day and serves everything from ice cream to baked potatoes and drinks from coffee to wine. It also serves a variety of local beers and ciders, and given the fine range in South Wales, these are highly popular. The site also organises several campfires, so pick up a pack of marshmallows at the nearby store and get roasting! From this site, you can explore all that the area has to offer. Spend a day on the rides of Barry Island Pleasure Park, exploring St. Donat’s Castle or travelling back in time through Cosmeston Medieval Village.
#4 Camping Wild Wales
Camping Wild Wales advertises themselves as a quiet campsite, bringing you back to the basics of camping. They achieve this through keeping their facilities simple, providing each pitch with a drinking water tap, a stone firepit and access to wash facilities. However they do put comfort ahead, with a laundry room and fridge/freezer available on site. The campsite is located on Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, which makes it the best of the motorhome sites in Wales for nature lovers. The National Park is Britain’s only coastal National Park, and has over 39 beaches, where you can engage in a variety of coastal activities - including fishing, open swimming and watersports. Spend a day truly experiencing the incredible scenery by walking the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. This 186 mile path will allow you to truly explore the magnificent scenery, wildlife and plants in this protected habitat. The further north you explore, the more hilly and rugged the landscape becomes, with volcanic headlands and flooded glacial valleys.
#5 Gwerniago Campsite
If you’re looking for motorhome sites in Wales that will allow you to explore the beauty of southern Snowdonia, look no further than Gwerniago Campsite. This rural site doubles as a working farm, and gives you the space and beautiful views to fully enjoy your camping trip. The site and farm are family run, and will go out of their way to make your stay as comfortable as possible. This include access to a small kitchen with a fridge, freezer and washing up sinks. Camping without the hassles that usually accompany cooking! The surrounding Dyfi valley will keep even the most avid adventurer entertained, with a variety of cycling tracks, river walks and an array of outdoorsy activities. This is the perfect site to bring the younger ones, as it was voted to be one of the top 5 campsites in Wales for kids by Cool Camping Kids. Your children will get the chance to ride on Sophie the pony, feed lambs and play on the tree swing. The site is also within walking distance of Pennal village, which hosts a Michelin restaurant in a local hotel.
Out of these 5 terrific motorhome campsites in Wales, you are sure to find one that suits the location and style of your trip. Whether you plan to explore bustling Cardiff or the calm coasts of Pembrokeshire, you can do so in the comfort of a motorhome. Check which motorhomes are available in Wales for your trip and get packing!