How to prepare for a caravanning holiday in Wales

Even if you're a seasoned caravanner or motorhome owner, it's important to prepare before you set off for your holiday in Wales. Some of our roads are steep and narrow, so be sure to plan your route carefully. And popular caravan parks in Wales are often full in peak months. Book pitches in advance or chances are you might be disappointed.

Importantly, please don't park your caravan, campervan or motorhome anywhere other than a designated camping site. Parking in unauthorised locations often damages natural habitats and it can also cause strain on local services and infrastructure.

For more useful information take a look at the advice and training section on the Caravan Club website.

Inside view of camper van looking out of the front windscreen at the road and mountain scenery of Snowdonia.
Caravan park in the Menai Strait on a clear day
Interior of Wanderlust camper vans overlooking a field

Views of the interior of a campervan and a peaceful caravan park on Anglesey

Caravan parks in West Wales

West Wales is hugely popular for family caravan holidays because there's mile upon mile of sandy beach. Kids of all ages will love it!

 

Broad Haven

Ros and John who own Creampots Touring Caravan & Camping Park used to be caravanners themselves so they know exactly what they're doing at this 61 pitch park in Pembrokeshire. With beaches on tap, boat trips to see the puffins of Skomer Island nearby and Oakwood theme park a short drive away there's plenty to keep everyone happy. Dogs are welcome too.

Read more: Discover the stunning beauty of the Pembrokeshire coast

Gower

Three Cliffs Bay Holiday Park sits on top of a hill and takes its name from the glorious bay it overlooks. Access to the bay is just a short walk, with the rest of the Gower Peninsula Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to explore too. There's golf, pony trekking and a vast nature reserve nearby. Dog owners are welcome.

Cars and tents overlooking beach

Three Cliffs Bay, Gower, West Wales

St Davids

If you want to stop in the smallest city in the UK and wander around St Davids, spend a few nights at Caerfai Bay Caravan & Tent Park, a Welsh Campsite of the Year winner with formidable views out to sea. As well as being in an area of pilgrimage and near the birthplace of the patron saint of Wales, its waters are frequented by grey Atlantic seals.

Read more: Exploring Britain's smallest city

Tenby

Well Park Caravan & Camping Site is a Wales-in-Bloom-winning caravan park between Tenby and Saundersfoot. Created with an eye for landscaping, the park is a peaceful green haven with rockeries, lawns, flower beds and trees. There are seven beaches within two miles and a hidden cove a short walk away.

 

A small boy paddling in the sea at Saundersfoot.
Caerfai cove and beach, St. Davids.

Beach fun in Saundersfoot and watersports in Caerfai cove

Caravan parks in South Wales

You can take your pick with South Wales caravan parks. Sandy beach, bustling towns and villages or rolling countryside - the choice is yours.

 

Llandow

Llandow Caravan Park, near the market town of Cowbridge, has been keeping holidaymakers relaxed for more than 20 years. There are 175 pitches with separate areas for families, excellent disabled facilities and a dog walking area. Along with the sandy beaches of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast there are ancient castles and flower-filled gardens right on the doorstep.

Read more: Things to do in The Vale of Glamorgan

Bridgend

Our Welsh Caravan & Camping offers room for 60 pitches on a working sheep farm. The site is next to the Ogwr Fach river and surrounded by native trees. It is well-located, about 18 miles from Cardiff and under 30 miles from Swansea. 

Caravan parks in Mid Wales

Campsites and caravan parks in Mid Wales are all about getting closer to nature. Walking, cycling, pony trekking - it's ideal for fun and adventure in our great outdoors.

Hay-on-Wye

Anchorage Caravan Park is a family-run caravan and camping park in Bronllys, close to the border between England and Wales. It has large lawns and quality on-site facilities, not to mention spectacular views of the Black Mountains. The site is just seven miles from the beautiful town of books that is Hay-on-Wye.

Usk

Pont Kemys Caravan and Camping Park by the River Usk is one of the best places to pull up in Monmouthshire. The eight-acre site near Usk has plenty of room, and there's a dog exercise area if you're planning to bring a pet along for the ride. The market town of Abergavenny, famed for its annual food festival, is seven miles away.

 

River Usk, Brecon in low light.

River Usk, Brecon

Brecon

Pencelli Castle Park is a multi award-winning family-run park and a fine place to start exploring the rolling hills of the Brecon Beacons or go for a cycle on the Taff Cycle Trail. The serviced pitches are a stone's throw from the village pub and red deer live in a field next to the campsite. No dogs except guide dogs.

Read more: Family camping and caravanning breaks in Wales

Caravan parks in North Wales

North Wales caravan holidays offer something for everyone - spectacular castles, wide sandy beaches, heritage railways and the adventure playground of the epic peaks of Snowdonia.

Anglesey

On the isle of Anglesey, there are several caravan parks to choose from. Home Farm Holiday Park is set in rural countryside has plenty of play areas and is just five minutes from the beach. Tyddyn Isaf Caravan Park has 56 pitches, many of them overlooking the sandy beach at Lligwy Bay. Dogs are welcome at both.

Read more: Sleep under the stars in stunning North Wales

Porthmadog

Greenacres Holiday Park runs alongside the two-mile long beach, Morfa Bychan / Black Rock Sands, with the Tremadog Bay as its shadow. There are sand dunes bursting with wildflowers at the nearby nature reserve, on-site swimming and leisure facilities and lots of opportunities for family fun. Pets are welcome too.

A sandy beach on an estuary from above.

Black Rock Sands and Borth y Gest, Porthmadog 

Pwllheli

Hafan y Môr Holiday Park is set within a 500-acre site on the edge of Snowdonia National Park. It's just perfect for families as there's all manner of things to do. Along with 75 pitches for caravans, there's direct access to two beaches, boating facilities, an indoor swimming pool with water flumes and a wave machine, go-karting and two entertainment venues.

Wrexham

Plassey Leisure Park in the Dee Valley used to be a dairy farm, but has since been converted into a sophisticated family-friendly leisure park. It's a vast site with over 250 acres to explore. Facilities include an indoor swimming pool, a golf course, a retail centre, restaurant and clubhouse. If you're not caravanning there's also a range of luxury glamping lodges with their own private hot tubs.

For even more suggestions of places to pitch, use our accommodation search.

Static caravan sites in Wales

Of course you don't have to tow a caravan to Wales for a caravanning holiday. There are lots of static caravan sites offering top quality facilities and excellent value for money. Some have luxury camping pods on offer too.

Brecon Beacons

Overlooked by mountains on the shores of glassy Llangorse lake, Lakeside Caravan Park offers a range of static caravans sleeping four to six people. When you're not walking in the wonderland of the Brecon Beacons National Park, you can hire paddle boards, pedaloes and rowing boats and potter about on the lake.

Paddle boats on Llangorse Lake, Brecon Beacons National Park, Mid Wales. White paddle boat in the foreground has with the name 'Annie 50' on the front side,

The tranquil waters of Llangorse Lake, Brecon Beacons National Park

Rhyl

Close to the seaside town of Rhyl in North Wales, Golden Gate Holiday Centre is the complete package. It's a huge site with swimming pool, entertainment venues, an adventure park and more - ideal for a family holiday. Dogs are welcome too.

Caernarfon

You're a stone's throw from one the most spectacular castles in Wales and the soaring peaks of Snowdonia National Park at Coed Helen Holiday Park. Along with traditional static caravans, there are also luxury glamping pods with floor-to-ceiling glass at the front offering vast views of the rolling countryside and mountains.

classic campervan parked with views of mountain with sunrays

Parked up in a campervan, enjoying the spectacular Snowdonia views

Llanbrynmair

Located in the picturesque Twymyn valley, on the fringe of the Cambrian Mountains, Cringoed Holiday Park is a friendly, family-run site. Along with 35 caravan pitches and 44 static caravans there are two new cosy camping pods - one for a couple and a larger one for families. Both have their own private terrace and picnic table.

Find out more about glamping in Wales

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