The Jurassic Coast is one of the best places in the country to get up close and personal with nature, with a myriad of Highlights to take in. One of the best ways to conclude a day spent Walking the Coast is to hunker down for the night in one of the coast’s best camping spots.
Here we’ve handpicked our selection of the coast’s ten best camping spots, listed from west to east along the World Heritage Site. All the accommodation companies listed here are Jurassic Coast Business Partners, who support the Jurassic Coast Trust in our work protecting and educating people about the coastline.
Exmouth Country Lodge and Prattshayes Campsite
Part of Exmouth Watersports, this campsite provides fantastic access to Exmouth, the most westerly town on the Jurassic Coast. Accommodation options include grass camping pitches, a “Bell Tent Village” and a pair of 14-berth country lodges. The site is also home to the rollicking Cow Shed bar, a selection of on-site caterers, and a relaxing beer garden.
Nearby Exmouth features a stunning white sandy beach, which at low-tide makes for an exceptional walking spot. You can also visit Orcombe Point and take in the Geoneedle, which marks the start of the World Heritage Site.
If you fancy a day off your feet, why not take a Jurassic Coast cruise from Exmouth with Stuart Line Cruises? From here you can take in stunning up-close views of Ladram Bay, Sidmouth and other iconic sights across the “Red Coast”, the Jurassic Coast’s oldest section.
You could also spend a day on the water with the experienced and knowledgeable Exmouth Watersports team, turning your hand to paddleboarding, windsurfing or kayaking before returning to Prattshayes for a well-earned supper!
Andrewshayes Holiday Park
Family-run Andrewshayes is located just off the A35 past Axminster, and makes an ideal jumping off point for exploring East Devon’s section of the Jurassic Coast. The park contains ample camping pitches, electric hook-ups and cosy glamping pods.
A short drive from the park is the charming village of Beer, which was featured in Penelope Keith’s Village of the Year TV programme in 2018. Beer is home to the eerie Beer Quarry Caves, where stone quarrying has been taking place since Roman times. There’s also a beautiful beach and picturesque seaside Beer garden, where you can enjoy the village’s namesake beverage in blissful surrounds.
Further afield is Sidmouth, a resplendent Regency town flanked by towering red cliffs, dating back 250 million years to the Triassic period. Sidmouth is home to a fascinating Museum, as well as numerous fantastic food options, including the Clock Tower Café which overlooks the perilous “Jacob’s Ladder”.
Lower Keats Glamping & Jurassic Glamping
Lower Keats invites guests to join in with feeding of calves, pigs, lambs, chickens and ducks during their stay, and boasts a new undercover communal area with wood-fired pizza oven and hosted pizza feasting evenings. They also welcome dogs.
Jurassic Glamping offers family and dog-friendly glamping, set amongst 10 acres of meadow and new woodland, with stunning views across the Axe Valley.
Nearby Axminster makes for a convenient holiday destination as it can be easily accessed via train from London, and is also an ideal starting point for a day out in Exeter.
Just to the south of both these glamping sites is the stretch of the Jurassic Coast that straddles the Dorset/East Devon border. This section contains some of the coast’s top spots, including the charming town of Lyme Regis, the up-and-coming Seaton, and the mysterious Undercliffs Reserve which lies between.
Newlands Holiday Park
Family-run, Newlands Holidays is a great option for anyone wanting to explore Charmouth and the surrounding area. With a range of accommodation on offer including luxury lodges, modern apartments, nightly rooms, Glamping, touring and camping.
It’s a fantastic destination for families, with an on-site shop, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, soft play, two outdoor play areas, and nightly entertainment, with workshops for children over the main school holidays.
From the park, it’s a short stroll to the beach, where you can fossil hunt till your heart’s content, or just set up the deckchair for the day and take in those World Heritage Site views!
Just remember to pick up a Tide Times (£2 in the site shop) or ask the friendly Newlands team for advice on when is best to hit the beach.
Golden Cap Holiday Park
Golden Cap is the highest point on England’s south coast, and is a must-see when visiting the Jurassic Coast. One of the best ways to position yourself for an assault on the 191 metre summit is staying at Golden Cap Holiday Park, next to Seatown Beach.
Part of the award-winning family-run West Dorset Leisure Holidays group, Golden Cap is a truly scenic getaway and a welcoming park, just 150 yards from the beach. There are luxury lodges (available all year round), caravans and 5 different types of glamping accommodation, as well as pitches for motorhomes, touring caravans and tents and holiday homes for sale.
Facilities on the park include a park shop, pizza takeaway, children’s play area and fishing lake. There are 3 quality pubs within walking distance, including the Anchor Inn, overlooking Seatown Beach.
The park is very popular with families and dog owners and as well as a dog exercising meadow, the South West Coast Path passes right by the park entrance, for walks to Golden Cap or Thorncombe Beacon.
Freshwater Beach Holiday Park
Freshwater is renowned for offering family fun, only a short walk from the charming harbour town of West Bay. The park has its own pool, bar and restaurant, and even its own bowling alley!
Accommodation options include numerous camping pitches, caravan hook-ups and fully equipped holiday homes.
Freshwater is located just off the stunning “Jurassic Coast Road”, which makes for an awesome sunset (or any time of day really!) drive.
Higher Moor Farm Campsite
Located in Nottington, just outside Weymouth, Higher Moor Farm Campsite is a perfect spot for a secluded camping holiday. As well as traditional camping pitches, it features luxury camping pods, which are a popular choice in the colder months!
Its central location makes it an ideal overnight stop for those completing a multi-day Jurassic Coast trek. From here, you could comfortably reach West Bay to the west or Durdle Door to the east within a day.
The park offers stunning views across the surrounding countryside and is open from March to October. Neighbouring Weymouth makes a great destination for a night out, or venture further to explore the rugged beauty of the Isle of Portland.
Durdle Door Holiday Park
Located on the doorstep of one of the Jurassic Coast’s most iconic locations, Durdle Door Holiday Park offers an unforgettable holiday experience.
Part of the historic Lulworth Estate, who have owned and manage this famous few miles of coastline for centuries, the park comes complete with shop, bar, restaurant, children’s play area and bike hire.
Be prepared, the walking from here is spectacular but strenuous! The area’s distinctive geomorphology has given rise to magnificently undulating cliffs that take in Bat’s Head, Dungy Head, Mupe Bay, and other intoxicating locations just begging to be explored!
Swanage Coastal Park
The Jurassic Coast’s most easterly town, Swanage makes a brilliant base from which to explore Purbeck, or a triumphant concluding night of a longer coastal hike.
Swanage Coastal Park, part of the Shorefield Holidays group, offers informal summer camping pitches, along with a range of year-round self-catering accommodation.
Swanage is a charming seaside town, with a historic pier that has recently undergone an upgrade. Strolling the pier’s wooden boards, taking in the sunset with some fish and chips is an essential Jurassic Coast experience.
There’s also nearby Durlston Country Park with its distinctive stone globe and hours’ worth of family-friendly walking trails.
The famous Old Harry Rocks is a short walk away too, from which you can get the perfect Jurassic Coast selfie, and ponder when exactly these iconic chalk sea stacks will return to the sea.