National Trust Campsites: Top 3 Coastal Spots

With locations across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, National Trust campsites offer beautiful holiday spots that are perfect for exploring the great outdoors. If you’re a lover of the coast and keen to explore National Trust camping, you can’t go wrong with a holiday that’s on a beach campsite. Spend your days exploring hidden coves, strolling along sandy beaches, taking to the waves or rock pooling with family and friends. Here's 3 of the best to pitch up in this year. 


Images: Brownsea Island, National Trust / Robin Kitchin

Brownsea Island

Poole Harbour, Dorset

This unique campsite is nestled on the south side of Brownsea Island overlooking the rolling Purbeck hills. Experience the peace and tranquility of the island on a campsite steeped in history, surrounded by sheltered woodlands, sea views and rare wildlife. Bring your own tent, hire one from the National Trust or try a tree tent or hammock.  


Campers can enjoy the rare experience of getting up close with nature when the day visitors have left. Look out for peacocks that wander the Island as well as the nationally rare red squirrel and summer-nesting visiting birds such as the enigmatic nightjar on the heathland. This back-to-basics campsite is a great way to spend time being immersed in the natural sights and sounds of the island.

Image: Gupton Farm, National Trust / Drew Buckley

Gupton Farm Campsite

Pembroke, Pembrokeshire

A pretty campsite on the Pembrokeshire coastline, located a short distance from Freshwater West, Gupton Farm is ideal if you’re looking for an active break away, a family holiday or a big group gathering. It’s a place to escape, reconnect with nature and breathe in the salty sea air; wake up to striking sunrises, unwind with equally spectacular sunsets and enjoy stargazing after dark.


There’s plenty of space with the campsite offering up to 50 pitches for tents and campervans, where you can be assured of a warm welcome and a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

Images: Teneriffe Farm, National Trust / Chris Lacey

Teneriffe Farm Campsite

Helston, Cornwall

This National Trust campsite is situated on Cornwall’s dramatic Lizard peninsula, one of the country’s most picturesque holiday spots.  Surrounded by the North Predannack Downs Nature Reserve and the Lizard National Nature Reserve, you can make the most of this prime location and explore the Lizard on foot. Wander along this rugged stretch of the South West Coast Path, itself only a 10 minute walk from the campsite, or head off to the beach for some fun in the surf. With numerous award winning beaches, beautiful coves, fishing harbours, villages and local attractions only a short drive away, you’re bound to find that special place to call your own.


This flexible campsite caters for touring caravans, motorhomes, campervans, tents and backpackers, and offers generously sized pitches.

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