Camping and caravan sites

More camping novices than ever before are braving the great outdoors. The original budget holiday, a camping break brings you closer to nature and there are countless beautiful spots on home turf to explore.

Make this the year you experience a holiday under canvas. Check out the latest award-winning camping and caravan sites and find one to suit you.

If none of the top-rated locations appeal, simply search for a different AA-rated site elsewhere in the UK, in Ireland or in Europe. Find a campsite to suit, with our free online search facility.

We’ve also rounded up the cream of camping and caravan sites close to Blue Flag beaches, for some smashing seaside destinations.

Pennant Power

AA-inspected camping and caravan sites are rated from one up to five Pennants, according to their style and the range of facilities they offer – so when you search for a campsite, it's easy to find the Pennant rating that offers the best value for you. While AA one- and two-Pennant campsites offer a simple or good standard of facilities, a high Pennant score shows that you still can expect a quality service. Add all this to a small, cosy site in a great location and you've got a winner.

Top tips for happy campers

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  • Use a checklist to make sure you pack all the essentials (matches, mallet, torch, earplugs etc)
  • Be prepared and pack for all weather conditions
  • Entertain the neighbours – practice setting up and packing away your tent before you go
  • Check your pitch to ensure a smooth and comfortable area under your tent
  • Protect your tent with ground sheets, and mark your guy lines with colourful electrical tape

Tow job

Caravanning is a good compromise for nature lovers who need a few creature comforts. If you don't have one of your own, why not try a static caravan or a chalet in a good location? Our online search facility lists camping and caravan sites around the UK. Don't forget caravan insurance for peace of mind while touring, and we've also got plenty of advice on towing caravans and driving in summer.

Vacances en France

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Continental camping and caravan sites continue to be popular. You'll find lots of invaluable European driving advice online. AA members are entitled to reduced prices on ferry travel, as well as enjoying discounts at attractions, shops and restaurants across Europe with the ARC 'Show Your Card' scheme.

 

The following may also come in handy if you're venturing abroad with your caravan or camper van:

 

Luxury living

Those who simply can't stand sleeping under canvas, or who live for luxury and fine dining rather than slumming it with a camping stove, can book more than 6,000 AA-rated hotels and B&Bs online. You'll find everything from budget hotels to fabulous five-star country houses.

Enjoy up to 50% off at Warner Leisure Hotels.

Save up to 10% on holiday accommodation, with Cottages4you.

 

Updated 2 April 2014