Camping and glamping has become hugely popular over the past few years. Perhaps this is because it is close to nature, fun and a cost conscious way to have a really memorable family holiday. Many more people have discovered the joys of campervan, and caravan holidays. It is also a great way to travel for a city break, with all of the peace and tranquillity of staying in countryside but the convenience of being close to the city. Cambridgeshire is home to many excellent campsites where you can take your tent, Roof tent from Tent Box, motorhome or caravan. Here are our favourite 5 places for camping in Cambridge.
Near Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE28 2AZ
Nestled in the peaceful countryside of Isleham, 19 miles from the city centre, Karma Farm offers camping for tents and vans, but is not suitable for caravans. You stay next to the working farm so get a true experience of getting close to nature. Priced at £10 per adult and £5 per child (reduced for return visitors) this is a great value option. Dog friendly too. Why not stay in luxury by hiring a Yurt? These are £35 per night plus £10 per adult (again, reduced for return visitors) and include King-size memory foam beds. Camping but not as you know it!
Find out more about Karma Farm here.
Houghton Mill, Near Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE28 2AZ
Suitable for tents, caravans and motor homes, National Trust’s Waterclose Meadows is set in beautiful countryside near the pretty market towns of St Ives and Huntingdon and boasts views over the Ouse Valley. Dogs are welcome here too at the cost of £1.50 per night. A large pitch will cost you £16-£23 per night depending on the time of year. Go posh and hire a luxury camping pod which is equip with a double bed, en suite bathroom, kitchenette and hot and cold water supply. Pods are priced at £60-85 per night.
Find out more about Waterclose Meadows here.
Fen End Farm:
Oxholme Drove, Cottenham, Cambridgeshire, CB24 8UP
This eco campsite, situated just six miles from the city centre, has its own small but beautifully formed working organic farm so you can enjoy amazing produce during your stay. Take your tent or opt to hire a luxury yurt complete with wood burner and king-size bed. Or try a bell tent or tipi? Prices vary depending on your accommodation and time of year- check the website for details.
Find out more about Fen End Farm here.
Cambridge camping and caravanning club site:
19 Cabbage Moor, Great Shelford, Cambridge CB22 5NB
Under 5 miles from the city centre, this Great Shelford based campsite has all the facilities you would expect from a good quality venue. It boasts many return visits and is praised in reviews for its cleanliness. Prices start at just over £8- check the website for details. This is a dog friendly campsite. Choose to take your own kit, or perhaps hire a ‘ready camp tent’ for around £30 per night? Arrive and enjoy the experience without the set up! Ready camps have a kitchenette, dining furniture and pull out beds for a touch of extra comfort.
Find out more about the club site here.
Highfield Farm Touring Park:
Long Road, Comberton, CB237DG
This premier touring park has won awards for its quality and is set in a peaceful eight acres of countryside. The site has modern shower blocks and is extremely tranquil. Set in the beauty of the countryside yet is a short distance to the local Park and Ride bus service which takes you into the city centre in minutes. This is a dog friendly campsite. Expect to pay around £17-20 per night for a tent pitch. See the website for extras.
Find out more about Highfield Farm here.
Clayhithe Road, Horningsea, CB25 9JE
Caravanning Club certified, Gayton Farm is on the edge of Cambridge but with all of the beauty of the countryside. It offers luxury and the experience of seeing a working farm in action if you choose. Its modern washroom facilities are popular with guests, as are the options for a glamping experience. Choose from a glamping dome which includes a wood burner, double bed and en suite facilities, or perhaps the romantic Gypsy caravan? Prices start at £15 per night- see website for more details.
Find out more about Gayton Farm here.
Camping in Cambridge and Cambridgeshire:
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