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The 20 best dog-friendly campsites Wales has to offer

With its historic coastline, dramatic mountain ranges and lush national parks, Wales is a haven for dog owners looking for a destination to holiday with their four-legged friends.

However, any dog owner will attest that it can sometimes be difficult to find accommodation that accepts their pet. Hotels and B&Bs are often off-limits and renting a private holiday let can be very expensive.

Fortunately, Wales has a host of campsites ready to welcome caravan and motorhome owners and their dogs to stay. Many of them are only a short walk or a few minutes drive from some of Wales’ most popular attractions.

Here is a list of 20 popular dog-friendly campsites Wales has to offer from the Caravan and Motorhome Club and Caravanning and Camping Club.

Anglesey Area

Penrhos Caravan Club Site
Brynteg, Benllech, Anglesey, LL78 7JH

With a view of Snowdonia that’s only a few minutes walk away and located a short drive from the coast, Penrhos Caravan Club Site is ideal for those who want a mixture of mountains and sandy beaches.

The site sits in Benllech, surrounded by the Holyhead Mountains and nestled in a paradise of wild flowers and the sound of sea birds. Nearby and well worth a visit is the Beaumaris Castle which has been important to the area since the reign of Edward I.

Facilities: dog walk, shop, lending library, children’s play area

Cefn Cae Camping site
Cefn Cae Camping Site, Rowen, Conwy LL32 8YU

Situated within the village of Rowen in North Wales, Cefn Cae Camping site won the Best New Campsite 2014 and Best Friendly Welcome in 2015 and 2016. One of the reasons for its wins is the range of amenities on offer, including clean facilities such as family style shower rooms and an on-site honesty shop covering the basics.

The site’s location makes it ideal for those wanting to explore Snowdonia National Park and all the north coast attractions. Others might prefer a stroll into Rowen, which has gained a name due to independent shops and a traditional Welsh pub serving good food.

Notable facilities: Shop, dog walks, WI-FI

Carmarthenshire Area

Pembrey Country Park Caravan Club Site
Pembrey, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, SA16 0EJ

Located on the 520 acre Pembrey Country Park, this club site offers outdoor sports activities and a 7 mile stretch of beach a short walk away. Many stay on this campsite for all the activities the surrounding area provides, including a golf course, equestrian centre and dry ski-slope with a toboggan run and miniature railway.

The site is also perfect for nature lovers wanting to get away from it all. The area is an excellent spot for bird and butterfly watching, and there is a range of guided walking tours to soak up the scenery and wildlife.

Notable facilities: Bike hire, golf and children’s play area

Rhandirmwyn – Camping And Caravanning Club Site
Rhandirmwyn, Llandovery SA20 0NT

Set in the secluded Welsh hills, the Rhandirmwyn Club Site sits on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Rhandirmwyn means ‘valley of the minerals’ and is part of the lead mining industry that existed at the turn of the last century in the Towy Valley.

The campsite offers something for all nature lovers, including the Cambrian Way walk, which passes through the site itself.  And for cyclists, there’s the circular access trail in Cwm rhaeadr Forest suitable for all cycling abilities. Other attractions include the nearby Glasfyndd Forest, the Llyn Brianne reservoir and the National Showcaves Centre for Wales.

Notable facilities: Dog walk, shop, WI-FI

Ceredigion Area

Shawsmead Caravan Club Site
Oakford, Llanarth, Ceredigion, SA47 0RN

Staying on Shawsmead Caravan Club Site is ideal for those who want to get close to water. The site is located close to the coast, and the quaint bays of New Quay and Aberaeron give you plenty of shops and restaurants to explore.

Nestled in a quiet meadow, Shawsmead offers views towards the coast, fishing, bird watching and easy access to the Heritage Coastal Paths. Along these, you’ll find numerous beaches, harbours and coves to discover.

Notable facilities: Disabled facilities, WI-FI, motorhome service point

Cardigan Bay Camping & Caravanning Club Site
Llwynhelyg, Cross Inn, Llandysul SA44 6LW

Located in Ceredigion in the heart of Wales Cardiganshire county, the Cardigan Bay Club Site offers visitors countryside views and plenty of opportunities to hit the coast. 

Holiday goers will enjoy the site’s easy access to some of Wales’ most picturesque seaside towns dotted along the coast, including Aberaeron and New Quay. You might also get the chance to see some of the area’s red kites, which have been an enormous success story in local conservation. The site is a paradise for nature-lovers with plenty of attractions for all the family.

Notable facilities: Dog walk, WI-FI, shop


Conwy Area

Riverside Touring Park
Old Church Road, Betws-y-Coed, Conwy, LL24 0AL

Riverside Touring Park is located in the North Wales village of Betws-y-Coed, notable for its range of pubs, restaurants and shops. A scenic village to visit in its own right, Betws-y-Coed makes the perfect base to explore Snowdonia National Park, including the many hikes and coastal paths it has to offer.

Diversity is the charm of Riverside; its location appealing to ramblers, anglers, families, sportsmen and nature lovers alike. With its bike hire, golf, play area and fishing lake, the site has something for everyone.

Notable facilities: Bike hire, fishing, golf

Colwyn Bay – Glan Y Gors
Abergele, LL22 8RG

A motorhome-only campsite that truly allows visitors to get away from it all. Colwyn Bay sits in the Snowdonia foothills and offers scenic views across Elwy Valley from its peaceful hilltop. The site is located on the outskirts of the Llangernyw village, which is famed for a 4500-year-old yew tree.

Visitors will enjoy spending time at Colwyn Bay to watch the goings-on of the working farm the site sits on. Part of a 5-acre smallholding where the owners breed Soay Sheep and Pygmy goats and keep ducks, geese and hens with the eggs for sale from an honesty box.

Notable facilities: Shows, dog walk, grass pitches


Denbighshire Area

Gaer Hyfryd Caravan Club Site
Corwen, Denbighshire, LL21 0EW

If you’re looking to get away from it all, then Gaer Hyfryd Caravan Club Site is your perfect destination. Set in the rolling green countryside with views of the mountains jutting up in the distance, this site is a jewel in Denbighshire’s crown.

A true nature lover’s paradise, those staying at Gaer Hyfryd might enjoy a visit to National Trust’s Bodnant, only a 30-mile drive away. Or a little closer to the site is the Pistyll Rhaeadr Waterfall, which is one of the seven wonders of Wales.

Notable facilities: Dog walk, children’s play area, WI-FI

Bala – Camping And Caravanning Club Site
Crynierth Caravan Park, Cefn-ddwysarn, Bala, LL23 7LN

Set just to the east of Snowdonia National Park, the Bala campsite is the perfect base to explore North Wales. Visitors might like to explore the town of Bala, just a short drive away, which offers shops, a petrol station and many places to eat. The nearby Bala Lake gives holiday goers the chance to try sailing, windsurfing and canoeing.

Those looking to explore a little further afield might enjoy seeing Wales’ highest peak at Mount Snowdon, which is around an hour’s drive away. Other easy to access highlights include the towns of Llandudno, Harlech, Barmouth Fairbourne and Aberdovey

Notable facilities: Shop, WI-FI, showers


Gwynedd Area

Coed-Y-Llwyn Caravan Club Site
Gellilydan, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd, LL41 4EN

One of the few campsites in Snowdonia National Park, the Coed-y-Llwyn Club Site is designed for families and pets. It offers many amenities to make your holiday into whatever you please.

The site is ideal for those who love an adventure with many activities available in nearby towns. For example, visitors could try water sports at Lake Bala, sandy beaches on the Lleyn Peninsula, cycling at the Coed-y-Brenin Mountain Bike Centre and golf at Porthmadog. There are even the longer zip lines in Europe just a short drive away at Zip World!

Those who prefer a more laid back pace will be equally at home at Coed-y-Llwyn. Within 10 miles of the site, campers can access three different landscape gardens: Portmeirion, Plas Tan Y Bwlch and Plas Brondanw. Each offers something different, from woodland walks to stunning views of Snowdon.

Notable facilities: Children’s play area, WI-FI, Motorhome service point

Llanystumdwy – Camping And Caravanning Club Site
Tyddyn Sianel, Criccieth LL52 0LS

Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Llanystumdwy Club campsite is perfect for exploring the Llyn Peninsula and Snowdonia National Park.

Holiday goers might enjoy the short walk to Llanystumdwy village, which has a pub serving great home-cooked meals and a museum dedicated to former Prime Minister Lloyd George, who lived in the village until he turned 16.

Notable facilities: Dog walk, WI-FI, shop

Monmouthshire Area

Pandy Caravan Club Site
Pandy, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, NP7 8DR

Those who stay at the Pandy Caravan Club Site will be drawn by its nature and history. The site is nestled among ancient trees and rests against the River Honddu, which, if you follow it far enough, eventually leads you into Abergavenny. This is a treat of a town where the highlights include its castle that stands proudly overlooking the centre and a well-received food festival in September.

Pandy is the kind of caravan site that makes a walker’s dream with easy access to many trails that head deep into the Brecon Beacons National Park. But, then, at the end of a great day’s hiking, the campsite has seven pubs within a 2-mile radius and even a Michelin Star restaurant not far away.

Notable facilities: Disabled shower room, dog walk, WI-FI

Raglan – The Walks
Llandenny, Usk NP15 1DR

A Certified Site located in the heart of Monmouthshire, Raglan The Walks sits in between the Wye Valley National Park and Brecon Beacons National Park, offering easy access to both.

Visitors to Raglan might be drawn by the opportunity to stay on grounds owned by The Walks working farm. Or the chance to visit Raglan Castle, which is only a few minutes drive from the site and one of the best examples of the medieval castle on the entire British Isles.

Notable facilities: Dog walk, showers, grass pitches

Newport Area

Tredegar House Country Park Caravan Club Site
Tredegar House, Coedkernew, Newport, Newport, NP10 8TW

Situated just twelve miles from Cardiff, this campsite is set on the grounds of Tredegar House and perfect for those who enjoy a mix of human and natural history. The Country Park is well worth a visit, featuring a 17th-century orangery, woodland, gardens and adventure playground, and Tredegar House itself is considered one of the architectural wonders of Wales. 

Those who wish to explore a little further afield might like to visit Wales’ capital city, Cardiff, with its National Museum, medieval castle, modernised bay area, shopping centre and endless shops, bars and restaurants. Another favourite of holiday goers is the village of Ystradfellte, where you can enjoy a five-mile walk to see the four waterfalls.

Notable facilities: Disabled shower room, Dog walk, WI-FI

Caerleon – Whitehall Farm
Caerleon, Newport NP18 1LR

Situated a few miles North of Newport town centre and the famous Celtic Manor Resort, Whitehall Farm is an adults-only site that offers panoramic views over the Usk Valley. 

Visitors might like to explore Newport or take a walk into the town of Caerleon and discover the history of one of the most important Roman military sites in Britain. Further attractions include cycling and walking paths dotted around the area and National Trust Tredegar House, only three miles away.

Notable facilities: Dog walk, showers, motorhome service point


Pembrokeshire Area

Freshwater East Caravan Club Site
Trewent Hill, Freshwater East, Pembroke, Pembrokeshire, SA71 5LJ

A beautiful campsite located within Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Freshwater East Club Site offers stunning sea views, coastal path walks and fun for the entire family.

Visitors will enjoy exploring the rock pools and covers of the long sandy beach, just a short walk from the site. And history buffs will be spoilt for choice from the local castles, including Pembroke, Manorbier or Carew. 

The site even offers you the chance to explore Ireland, with daily sailings leaving from Pembroke Dock, only a short drive from the site. With its mix of natural scenery, castles and opportunities for adventure, you won’t run out of things to do at Freshwater.

Notable facilities: Children’s play area, dog walk, WI-FI

St. David’s – Caravanning and Camping Club Site
Dwr Cwmwdig, St Davids, Haverfordwest SA62 6DW

St. David’s Club site offers stunning views of South Wales’ Heritage Coast alongside access to many walks and plentiful wildlife.

Walkers will love the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, which runs near the campsite to offer coastal scenery and covers to explore. Those seeking a bit more adrenaline might like the water sports available near the site, including kayaking, surfing and windsurfing.

Notable facilities: WI-FI, showers, grass pitches

Powys Area

Brecon Beacons Caravan Club Site
Brecon, Powys, LD3 7SH

A haven for nature lovers, the Brecon Beacons Club Site offers one of the most incredible views of the central Beacons, where you can see Pen-y-Fan, Cribyn and Corn Dufeatures. In addition, the site provides a circular dog walk that leads to a woodland area and stream and even an adventure course for children and adults alike!

The site is ideal to use as a base for those who wish to explore the Brecon Beacons walking or those who prefer to stroll around many of the charming villages nearby. For those a little more adventurous, the site offers easy access to some of the best spots for climbing, mountain biking and caving in Wales. Whatever your ideal holiday looks like, this site makes it possible.

Notable facilities: Showers, WI-FI, dog walk

Montgomery – Bron Hafren
Garthmyl, Montgomery SY15 6RT

This Certified Site offers a maximum of five vehicles the chance of a peaceful stay on the banks of the River Severn with a range of nearby outdoor pursuits, including fishing and walking.

Those looking to explore further afield will enjoy the many castles in the area, including Powys, Montgomery and Dolforwyn. Alongside this, the villages of Montgomery, Welshpool and Newton offer a range of shops, restaurants and pubs to keep visitors entertained.

Notable facilities: Dog walk, fishing, grass pitches


Where to find more dog-friendly campsites

As caravan and motorhome holidays are popular with dog owners, there are hundreds of dog-friendly holiday destinations across Wales. These range from smaller campsites with few amenities, often set in a field or on a working farm, to larger holiday parks with many, such as dog walks, toilet and shower blocks, evening entertainment, hot tubs and swimming pools.

Both the Camping and Caravanning Club and Caravan and Motorhome Club have useful campsite finder features on their websites that make it easy for you to filter by the type of campsite you want (e.g. dog-friendly, family-friendly etc.) and the kinds of features you want it to have (e.g. dog walk, play area etc.).

Families choose caravan and motorhome holidays because they offer a chance to have a relaxing getaway with their four-legged companions. With campsites providing not only a base for further exploration of an area but also loads of entertainment and learning opportunities onsite, camping holidays allow families to find exactly what they’re after.

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