Camping in Great Britain

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Endless mountains and forests in the Scottish Highlands, picturesque beaches and rustic coves on the Welsh coast, romantic gardens in southwestern England… The United Kingdom offers a wide variety of adventures for campers. Whether you spend your holiday near London, Belfast or Edinburgh, visit cities steeped in tradition like Oxford, Cambridge or Bath, or want to camp in the middle of Cornwall’s idyllic countryside: Campsites in the UK are often very well-kept and managed with that famous British courtesy. We’ll show you the most popular travel destinations in all of Great Britain.

What Campers Should Know About Camping in Great Britain

Size Restrictions for Caravans

If you’re bringing your caravan to the British isles, mind the size restrictions: Caravans must not be wider than 2.55 m nor longer than 7 m (not including the drawbar).

Wild Camping is Allowed in Scotland

In many places, wild camping on public and private property is forbidden. Scotland is the exception: Here, you are more than welcome to wild camp in your tent. If you’re travelling with a caravan or motorhome, you’ll always need the owner’s permission before camping on private property.

No General Right of Way

Driving on the left might be an adjustment for you, but at least you won’t need to memorise a general rule to figure out who has the right of way, as you’ll usually be able to figure it out based on the signs. In roundabouts, drivers coming from the right always have the right of way.

Bring an Adapter

In the UK, the voltage is 240 V, and they typically use three-pin flat plugs, so you may need to bring an adapter with you.

Units of Measurement

Although imperial units have been phased out officially, they’re still frequently used in everyday life. Here’s a quick overview:


1 inch = 2.54 cm

1 foot = 12 inches = 30.48 cm

1 yard = 3 feet = 36 inches = 0.914 m

1 mile = 1.61 km


1 pint = 568.3 ml

1 imp. gallon = 8 pints = 4.546 l


1 ounce (oz) = 28.35 g

1 pound (lb) = 16 oz = 453.6 g

1 ton = 1,016 kg (1 tonne or 1 metric ton = 1,000 kg)

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