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The Top Five Campsites in Cornwall

Cornwall is undeniably one of the best camping spots in the UK. From iconic beaches in Newquay to the historic port town of Penzance, Cornwall has so much to offer travellers in search of sights, sounds and adventure. 

Finding the right spot to pitch up your tent or park your campervan can be difficult if you’re new to the area – this guide is here to help you decide. Our top five Cornish campsites offer a range of amenities and local attractions for different types of camping trips.

Don’t forget to read our Camping Essentials Checklist to make sure you have everything you need for your next adventure.

Tregarton Park

Gorran, Mevagissey, Cornwall, PL26 6NF

Ideal for: Family holidays

If you’re planning a family camping trip or staycation this year, it doesn’t get much better than Tregarton Park. The award-winning campsite has a wide range of facilities and activities for couples and families to enjoy. 

In addition to all basic amenities, the site has a heated pool, a kids adventure playground and tennis courts, so you’ll never struggle to fill your days. Tregarton Park also has an on-site takeaway restaurant and convenience store so you can top up your essentials on longer trips. 

Although the site has a lot of activities available, it’s still an ideal place to escape the hustle and spend time relaxing. The pitches are separated by hedges for privacy and the surrounding countryside offers peace and quiet.

Nearby attractions

Situated right next to Coniston Water, Hoathwaite Campsite is surrounded by For those planning a summer camping trip, you’re never too far from a beach when you pitch up at Tregarton Park. There are a number of sandy beaches just a short drive or a leisurely walk away. You’re also just a 20-minute walk from the town of St Austell where you’ll find plenty of local shops and hidden gems.

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Bakesdown Farm Camping

Lower Bakesdown Farm, Marhamchurch, Bude, Cornwall, EX23 0HJ

Ideal for: Back to nature camping

If you’re looking for a back-to-nature camping experience, this hidden gem offers a secluded getaway, ideal for couples and solo campers. Tucked away in the Cornish countryside, Bakesdown Farm has a modest number of pitches that have been made purposely to offer peace and quiet.

The campsite offers basic amenities and also allows pets for anyone bringing along a furry friend. Campfires are also permitted so you can spend the evenings relaxing or sharing stories out in the open air. Pitches are available between May and September, making it ideal for a relaxing summer escape.

Nearby attractions

The idyllic farm is surrounded by acres of countryside including open fields and lush woodlands where you’ll find plenty of walking routes both on the trail and off the beaten path.

The coast is just a short distance away and for any surfers, Widemouth Bay is a perfect spot to catch some waves. The small town of Bude also offers plenty of quaint shops and eateries – perfect for a day trip.

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Polruan Holidays

Polruan-by-Fowey, Townsend, Polruan, Fowey, Cornwall, PL23 1QH

Ideal for: Exploring and sightseeing

For those looking for the best views in Cornwall, Polruan Holidays campsite should be at the top of your list. The site is surrounded by National Trust forestry and picturesque farmland, providing the perfect setting for a walking holiday.

The stunning scenery makes this campsite a popular choice amongst photographers, artists and bird watchers. You’ll find all of the basic amenities you need including electric hookups and WiFi connection.

The biggest selling point of the Polruan Holidays campsite is the incredible panoramic ocean views that you’ll struggle to find anywhere else. Situated right on the edge of the coast, you can wake up to spectacular views and fresh ocean air every morning.

Nearby attractions

Polruan offers campers a chance to explore quaint cobbled streets of remote villages, deep forests and gorgeous beaches. For those looking to make the most of their time in Cornwall, the campsite is situated within close distance to many attractions such as The Eden Project, Lanhydrock and The Lost Gardens of Heligan.

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Pets allowed
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Caravans allowed
Laundry facilities

Mount Pleasant Eco Park 

Chapel Hill, Porthtowan, Cornwall, TR4 8HL

Ideal for: Friends and family camping trips

Situated on the west coast of Cornwall in the beautiful village of Porthtowan, this popular campsite offers incredible views of the beach and out over the Atlantic. 

Mount Pleasant Eco Park offers a conscious camping experience for those trying to keep their environmental impact to a minimum. The power from the numerous electrical hookups is provided by a series of on-site wind turbines and solar panels. The heating also comes from a wood chip boiler that is fueled by off-cuts from a local timberyard.

The campsite is a perfect spot to pitch up if you’re looking for a wild camping experience. The surrounding landscape is packed full of hidden walks where you can find yourself lost off the beaten track.

Nearby attractions

The campsite hosts a whole range of events throughout the summer months including outdoor theatre, markets and musical performances, but the local area has plenty to discover if you want to explore further afield. The site overlooks the Cornish copper mine which is a great walk on a sunny day. Redruth is also just a short drive away, offering a chance to shop or eat out.

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Wild Camping Cornwall

Higher Trevarthen, Grumbla, Penzance, Cornwall TR20 8QY 

Ideal for: Wild camping experience

For those looking to get back to nature and with an authentic camping trip, this hidden gem is as close as you’ll get to the wild camping experience. With modest size pitches in a quaint spot at the heart of Penzance, this campsite is as stripped back as it gets.

The site doesn’t offer electrical hookups but each pitch has a dedicated firepit which means you can ditch the phones and spend time chatting and sharing stories into the night. Hikers, surfers and wildlife enthusiasts will be happy as the campsite is surrounded by lush woods, and is just a 15-minute walk from the beach.

Nearby attractions

For surfers and beach lovers, Sennen Cove is just a few miles away from the campsite and offers some of the best waves on the coast. The South West Coast Path is also close which is one of the best walks in Cornwall. You’ll also have the chance to visit Lands End and St Michaels Mount which are both just a 15-20 minute drive away.

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The perfect Cornish camping experience …

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