The Best & Most Unusual Places to Go Camping in Yorkshire

· Imagine Selby · Yorkshire

These Yorkshire campsites will knock your socks off.

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From the stunning coastal cliffs to the rolling hills of the Yorkshire Dales, these camping sites offer breathtaking views and unforgettable experiences.

Picturesque clifftop pitches, panoramic geodomes and Mongolian yurts – these are just a few of the best and slightly unconventional places you can go camping in Yorkshire. Whether you’re a couple, a group of friends or a family of four or more, there’s a campsite for everyone in God’s Own County. But how do you pick one? We’ve put together all the info you could ever need, so when it comes to planning your next camping holiday, keep this guide handy.

Humble Bee Farm

Humble Bee Farm

Credit: Humble Bee Farm

Whether you’re after a more traditional camping experience or a spot of luxurious glamping, you can do both at Humble Bee Farm. Take your pick of their traditional campsite or their more unusual options, like the yurts, bell tents and wigwam cabins. When it comes to the latter, you can expect underfloor heating, full kitchens and wood-fired hot tubs, while all visitors to the campsite will get the chance to collect their own eggs for breakfast. Its Yorkshire countryside location is in close proximity to the Scarborough seaside, making it particularly ideal for beach-lovers and those fond of a scenic cliffside walk.

Humble Bee Farm, Flixton, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 3UJ. Tent pitches for two adults start from £52 for two nights. Yurts start from £190 for two nights.

Ponden Mill

Ponden Mill

When it comes to picturesque camping sites in Yorkshire, it doesn’t get much prettier than Ponden Mill. This former Georgian cotton mill sits on the banks of the River Worth and is home to 15 camping pitches, giving you the choice of a riverside spot or a quieter, shaded area deep in the woods. Each pitch is a stone’s throw away from the shower block, loos and water disposal, as well as the on-site cafe. That’s where you’ll find coffee and cake aplenty, for an indoor respite when you need it. Love wildlife? Highland cows often come to drink from the river, along with local birds and even a rare albino white deer.

Ponden Mill, Ponden Lane, Stanbury, Keighley, West Yorkshire, BD22 0HP. Tent pitches for 2 adults start from £10 per night.

Camp Katur

Camp Katur

Set in the sprawling 250-acre grounds of an 18th-century estate, Camp Katur is one of the finest glamping sites Yorkshire has to offer. There’s an array of luxury accommodation to choose from here – will you go for the safari tent or the dazzling glass unidome? It’s the ideal camping holiday spot if you’re after a bit of rest and relaxation, with an outdoor hot tub and eco spa on-site to while away the hours in. But if you want to get out and explore, you can do that too – the Yorkshire Dales National Park lies just a few miles away to the west, perfect for a scenic ramble to heal the mind.

Camp Katur, Camp Hill Estate, Stapley Lane, Kirklington, Bedale, North Yorkshire, DL8 2LS. Tents for two adults start from £230 for two nights. The Geodome starts at £400 for two nights.

Yurtshire Fountains

Yurtshire Fountains

Tucked away in the heart of Nidderdale’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty sits Yurtshire Fountains, a place to camp in Yorkshire with a cluster of four luxury yurts. There’s no electricity nor wifi on-site, so you’ll be completely off-the-grid when you stay here. Each yurt is completely self-contained, with a hot water shower and private bathroom. They also have a BBQ and an outdoor hot tub, so you can look out over the rolling countryside in bubbling comfort. If it’s an outdoor adventure you’re looking for, Ripon Cathedral and Fountains Abbey & Studley Park World Heritage Site are both nearby.

Yurtshire Fountains, Yew Tree House, Aldfield, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3BE. Yurts start from £216 for two nights for two adults.

Masons Campsite

Masons Campsite

Want to really experience the majesty of the Yorkshire Dales? There aren’t many better ways to do it than with a stay at Masons Campsite. Nestled in the heart of the national park, it has two camping fields for you to choose from. One is where you’ll find classic flat pitches with electric hookups, while the other comes without – but both have incredible views of the River Wharfe. Fancy yourself more of a glamper? They have yurts and safari tents to rent too, with long burners and proper beds. Whatever you go for, Masons is the perfect base for exploring the Dales, and there’s also a coffee & bread shed and fire pits.

Masons Campsite, Appletreewick, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 6DD. Tent pitches start from £30 per night for two adults. Yurts start from £155 per night for two adults.

Little Seed Field

Little Seed Field

Credit: Little Seed Field

Little Seed Field is as scenic as camping in Yorkshire comes. Here, you’ll find seven octagonal cabins all tucked away on a working dairy farm, surrounded by seven acres of wild heather and rolling countryside, home to grazing cattle. Each cabin is insulated and fitted with electricity, luxury beds and log stoves, but it’s still got that proper back-to-nature feel. Even your water will come from a natural spring on the campsite. Up for a walk or a cycle? It’s in the middle of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so you can head in virtually any direction and be surrounded by stunning views wherever you go.

Little Seed Field, Castiles Farm, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3PU. Glamping tents start from £85 per night for two adults.

The Hideaway at Baxby Manor

Camping or glamping? The choice is yours at The Hideaway at Baxby Manor. You can opt for one of their spacious tent pitches or choose to rent out one of their deluxe pods, ranging from hobbit houses to rustic treehouses. Got an RV? They even have parking spaces and hook-ups for those too. This 110-acre Yorkshire camping site is as eco-friendly as it gets, with hedgerows and solar lights all over The Hideaway. And if you really want to chill out, The Sanctuary is an isolated area just for tents. It’s just beside the stream, where otters often pass by, and it’s both completely off-the-grid and adults-only.

The Hideaway at Baxby Manor, Low Street, Husthwaite, York, YO61 4PW. Tent pitches start from £35 per night, glamping huts from £120 for two nights.

Hooks House Farm

Hooks Farm Camping

A friendly little campsite with panoramic views over Robin Hood’s Bay – sound good? Then you’ll love Hooks House Farm. Each camping pitch overlooks the Yorkshire coast, where you can prop up your tent or park your caravan. You’ll have access to an on-site microwave, fridge and kettle, as well as showers and loos. If you want to get out and about, the farm is just a short walk from the cosy village famed for its fossil hunting. Or, you can jump in the car for a quick jaunt to Whitby, where you’ll find some of the best fish & chips around. Prefer less travel? You can always stay at camp and enjoy a BBQ under the stars.

Hooks House Farm, Robin Hood’s Bay, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4PE. Tent pitches start from £9 per adult per night.

Woodhouse Farm

Camping pod

Woodhouse Farm Holiday Park has the Yorkshire camping experience down to a T. You have the choice of camping or glamping pods on their 50-acre Nidderdale site. Campers can choose from hard stands or grass pitches, while glampers have eight timber pods to pick from – each one is insulated with sheep’s wool and has its own private woodland area. You’ll be kept busy on your stay, with two fishing lakes, a children’s play area, multiple bars and a restaurant all on-site. You’ll have all the modern luxuries at your fingertips too, as they’ve got a laundrette, hot showers and a grocery shop.

Woodhouse Farm Holiday Park, Woodhouse Farm, Winksley, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3PG. Tent pitches start from £35 for two nights, glamping pods from £60 for two nights.

Swaledale Yurts

Swaledale Yurts

Whether you’re after an outdoorsy break, a luxurious holiday or a romantic getaway, Swaledale Yurts is the place to go for glamping in Yorkshire. Their five Mongolian yurts are all nestled on the banks of the River Swale. Each one comes with locking front doors, comfy beds, plush sofas and a wood-burning stove to keep you warm on those cool nights. Need to switch off? The whole site is off-grid. While you’re here, you can book their large hot tub or visit their 30-foot waterfall for a dip. Well-behaved pooches are allowed too, so all the family can come along to experience a slice of Yorkshire paradise.

Swaledale Yurts, Park House, Keld, North Yorkshire, DL11 6DZ. Tent pitches start from £10 per night per person. Yurts start from £99 for two people a night.

Catgill Campsite

Catgill Campsite

If it’s a relaxing stay you’re after, Catgill Campsite may just be the ticket. It’s a bit of rural heaven, just a hop, skip and a jump from the famous Bolton Abbey. You can take your pick of their grassy camping pitches, set in a rolling meadow where sheep graze, enclosed by traditional Yorkshire stone walls. In the morning, why not take the family to the natural playground or pop into the on-site coffee shop for a brew and a croissant? Skipton is only a short distance away if you fancy some charity shop hopping or a visit to the castle. The Yorkshire Dales National Park is also nearby for a proper wander.

Catgill Campsite, Catgill Farm, Bolton Abbey, North Yorkshire, BD23 6HA. Tent pitches start from £12 per night per person.

Golden Square Caravan Park

Golden Square Caravan Park is hidden away in the south-east corner of the North York Moors National Park. It’s been built on three levels to make sure each and every guest can enjoy scenic views of the moors from every pitch, so you can get the most of this amazing location. It’s particularly ideal for families, with two outdoor play areas and even a crazy golf course to keep kids both big and small entertained throughout your stay. If you fancy heading out for the day, Helmsley Castle, the National Birds of Prey Centre and National Trust site Nunnington Hall are all just a short drive away.

Golden Square Caravan Park, Oswaldkirk, Helmsley, York, North Yorkshire, YO62 5YQ. Tent pitches start from £20 per night.

Skipwith Station

Skipworth Station

When it comes to unusual camping holidays, Skipwith Station really takes the biscuit. Forget yurts and teepees, this rural Yorkshire campsite sits on the path of the old Derwent Valley Light Railway, and naturally, you’ll be staying in a refurbished train carriage. There are three to choose from, each fitted out with all the mod cons – we’re talking ensuite bathrooms, dishwashers and even a hot tub. Located right next to the Skipwith Common National Nature Reserve and just south of York, you won’t be short of things to do either, whether it’s a leisurely walk or a day trip to the walled city.

Skipwith Station, North Duffield, North Yorkshire, YO8 5DE. Glamping cabins for two adults start from £315 for three nights.

Marfit Head Farm

Marfit Farm

If you’re eager to see the sights of the North York Moors in all their glory, make a beeline for Marfit Head Farm. This is a family-run working farm, perfectly positioned between moorland and the Yorkshire coast, meaning there’s loads to see and do. Marfit Head has both grass and hard-standing pitches, so you can stay here all year round, come rain or shine. There are hot water showers, loos and even an outdoor adventure playground for the little ones. And when you feel like exploring further, you can venture out into the lush heather moorland or head to nearby Goathland, the home of Heartbeat and a pub or two.

Marfit Head Farm, Saltersgate, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7NR. Tent pitches start from £10 per night for two adults.

Butt Farm

Butt Farm

There’s more to the Butt Farm campsite than first meets the eye. Not only is this a working farm, but it’s also home to a crucial piece of history – a World War Two gun emplacement. Known as H31, it was built beside the River Humber to fight off enemy planes. Currently earmarked to be restored by Historic England, you’re welcome to walk around it during your stay. The facilities are second-to-none too, with hot showers, bike storage and fire pits available for campers. Rather glamp? There’s an oak glamping lodge, kitted out with a double bed, kitchenette and shower, as well as three glamping wagons.

Butt Farm, Victoria Road, Beverley, Hull, East Yorkshire, HU17 8PJ. Tent pitches start from £19 per night for two people. Glamping lodge starts from £75 for two people.

Ripley Caravan Park

Ripley Caravan

Tucked away between Harrogate and Knaresborough is Ripley Caravan Park, which offers one of the best camping sites in North Yorkshire. The site is flourishing with greenery as far as the eye can see, and has been landscaped to create level, spacious caravan pitches, each with electric hook-up points. But the biggest draw may just be the sheer number of facilities on offer here. There are the usual showers and shops, as well as a football pitch, volleyball court, children’s playground and even an indoor heated swimming pool. And if that wasn’t enough, you can take in the sights at their private pond.

Ripley Caravan Park, Ripley, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 3AU. Caravan pitches start from £20 per night.

Rudding Holiday Park

Rudding Holiday Park

If you’re looking for a camping holiday in Yorkshire for the whole family, Rudding Holiday Park has everything you could possibly want. Their grass pitches come in two sizes and are just a stone’s throw from the shower block, each with a 10-amp hook-up point. Once the tent’s up, you can all chill out in the outdoor heated swimming pool or treat yourself with a visit to the on-site spa. You can even get stuck into a bit of friendly competition on the golf courses. Wanting to get out? The spa town of Harrogate is on your doorstep, while York and Leeds are within easy reach and the unspoilt Yorkshire Dales is just short drive away.

Rudding Holiday Park, Follifoot, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 1JH. Tent prices for two adults start from £20.50 per night.

Bainbridge Ings

Bainbridge Ings

Situated half a mile from the Pennines Way in the middle of the Yorkshire Dales, Bainbridge Ings awaits. The site caters to both campers and glampers, with 30 caravan pitches spread across their grassy bank if you want to keep it simple. Or, you can stay in one of their quirky open-plan timber pods – each comes with a hob, fridge and private shower. Want even more luxury? You can get your very own outdoor hot tub with their VIP glamping pods. If you can tear yourself away from all this comfort, the stunning Hardraw Force Waterfall is only a short walk away, or you can head off on the 30-minute drive to the Peak District.

Bainbridge Ings, Hawes, North Yorkshire, DL8 3NU. Caravan pitches start from £22 per night. Glamping pods start from around £409 for two nights.

Dragonfly Lodge

Dragonfly Lodge

Dragonfly Lodge is an exclusive hand-built cabin that screams romantic getaway. Set alone in a secluded oasis of Yorkshire countryside, it has everything you could desire for a weekend away, from a cosy bed to a kitchenette and French doors that open out onto your own private pond. Warm your feet by the log burner, cook a fresh pizza in the brick-built pizza oven or watch the wildlife – do one, do them all. Fancy a drive through the countryside? The seaside towns of Bridlington and Scarborough are both nearby for a delightful day at the coast, spent building sandcastles and eating fish & chips.

Dragonfly Lodge, Grindale, Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire, YO16 4XY. Glamping cabins for two adults start from £125 per night.