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Southwold Camping And Caravan Site
Ferry Road
Suffolk   (Browse area)
IP18 6ND   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01502 722486

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Pitches: 100
Open: Ist Marchto 30th November

Rating: Average Review Score: 7/10 from 68 Reviews
              7/10 from 68 Reviews

Units accepted:    Tents  Caravans  Motorhomes 

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Date of Visit: August 2016 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Marytod 1 review from this member

This a delightful site, shaded in part and located 5 mins from the beach. There is a cycle hire facility and surf board rental with some tuition. The site is located in the area of the quay.

With no shop on site ( but water and milk are available) the walk into town is a 1 mile away. Good for the exercise but needs to be planned into the day. Conversely, many campers had their own bicycles and there was a regular peloton of cyclists sent on errands. In Southwold Tesco and Co Op have well stocked stores.

The town, pier and beach is olde worldly. There are plenty of eating and drinking pubs/ restaurants but it seems to be devoid of the usual sea side outlets. What there is, is fairly subdued. If possible avoid driving though the high street until the evening. This is a mecca for tourists during the day so traffic and pedestrians make the going slow.

Areas which could have improved the site included the nearest amenity block. With two narrow showers and a a dozen hand basins, there needs to be little privacy for those who need it. With so many elderly people on site, it surprised me that the showers had no grab rails or anti- slip devices. It seems that campers need to be able bodied and capable of avoiding unsafe areas. One shower had a seat but there are only hooks for towels and clothes. Keeping clothes dry was out of the question. In good weather this would be no problem but in inclement, cold weather, wandering around in a towel would be hell without a towelling dressing gown!

This was a personal complaint but watching parents with young children, similar concerns were noticed.

For the cost of the pitch, I would have expected a more up to date and disability friendly facilities.

Regardless of the above complaint, I would return to the site for its friendliness and location to the beach and town.

Date of Visit: August 2016 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Chrisinhove 5 reviews from this member

This is a great spot, close to beach, harbour and lovely Southwold.

Expectedly busy in the height of the summer, but just a little too crowded.

. And the facilities were filthy as well as scant (2 male showers for the whole tent field). Yes, some people are messy, but the cleaning regime is clearly inadequate. If it's busy, it needs to be cleaned more. Simples.

It's depressing that elements of the English tourism industry still operates on this 'we've a great location so people will book anyway, regardless of how little we bother' basis. And why we have our main camping holidays in France.

Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Sulla 7 reviews from this member

Booked two pitches for the Bank Holiday Weekend in August. Booking very easy thanks to excellent staff. We had pitches 501 and 502. These were next to the toilet block which was fine. The only downside was a thicket of small trees and bushes which screened the toilet block. This attracted kids who climbed and played around the trees and wasps that seemed to be attracted to the bushes. This was fine as long as you don't mind either.

The pitches are large and flat. The loos and showers reasonably clean for a busy site.

We loved the proximity to the beach. Easy for the dogs.

There are loads of great food and drink places in Southwold. You are right by the harbour which has some amazing seafood eateries. The Harbour Inn is nice and very convenient.

We didn't have any problems with late night noise.

All in all I would recommend this campsite.

Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Rolyberkin 2 reviews from this member

This site has long had it's day! I have been camping and caravanning since I was a kid and have been to the Southwold site on many occasion. On my latest visit nothing has changed, the main modern toilet and shower block is far below the standard of a public convenience and is probably cleaned less often! I live in Chelmsford and the public toilets there are absolutely immaculate, almost clinical by comparison! Where else would a toilet block used by upwards of 300 people a day be cleaned once a day? In short they constantly stink of urine and the floors are often just covered in mud, the paint is peeling and in the words of my seven year old they are filthy. The second toilet block is a 1960's wooden shower block which is 100% better with excellent showers but still way below any modern standard. The site has little or no security with no lighting with even the pathways being pitch black, the lack of a 24 hour warden is apparent with camp fires being rife (although banned) to the point of on occasions being like a smoke house. Only 10 of the pitches have electric hook up which is woeful. The washing up facilities are adequate and water pressure etc is good. The hook up pitches are very close together almost to the point of being claustrophobic. If it rains the site floods and has huge standing puddles where there is no adequate drainage, the pitches become a quagmire. On a positive note the site is in Southwold and ideally placed for the beach and all local amenities. Anywhere else and the site would have been out of business long ago. There are no facilities for kids although the beach is a stones throw across the road. In short this site really needs to transferred from the local council to the C&CC or private ownership so it could be run more efficiently and to an acceptable standard and receive the investment it has desperately needed for many years! After recently staying at the immaculate and nearby Dunwich Camp site why would you choose to stay at Southwold?

Date of Visit: May 2015 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: London Viv 10 reviews from this member

A straightforward site with basic but clean facilities, friendly staff and a great location. The shower block near us was unheated but there was a heated block not far away and though basic rather than luxurious both blocks were very clean. The site is extremely handy for both the town, 15 min walk in one direction and the harbour, 10 mins walk in the other direction and we enjoyed the walk along the harbour, across the bridge and down to Walberswick and a very pleasant pub, The Bell Inn. The price seemed a little high at 23 per night with hookup, given the standard of the facilities but the town being so near made it worth the cost.

Date of Visit: September 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Missfi 6 reviews from this member

This is a mixed review, the site itself is great, toilets and showers spotless.

However, there were a huge group on site, they had about 20 kids between them. The adults spent all night up with campfires, filling surrounding tents with smoke, loudly talking until 3am, the kids then started shouting and screaming at 5. 30am.

Although campfires are not allowed and noise is forbidden 9pm-10am, no one enforces it, so people do as they like. In the morning the site manager was able to move us to a different pitch and had a word with families, (they ignored him and were worse the following evening)

So, if you want a peaceful site, this may not be the one for you. Shame, as it would have been perfect otherwise, perhaps night staff may be the way forward

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