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Southwold Camping And Caravan Site
Ferry Road
Suffolk   (Browse area)
IP18 6ND
Tel: 01502 722486
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Pitches: 100
Open: 01/03/2022 to 30/11/2022

Rating: Average Review Score: 7/10 from 76 Reviews
                7/10 from 76 Reviews

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Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Not Members Only   No Rallies   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   No Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   No Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge   No Motorhome Point   No Wifi Access 
 Shop <1 mile   Bar <1 mile   Restaurant or Cafe or Takeaway <1 mile 
 No Playground   No TV Room   No Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 Fishing <1 mile   No Wild Swimming   No Indoor Pool   No Outdoor Pool 
 No Horse Riding   No Cycle Hire   No Golf   No Tennis 
 Beach On Site   Watersports <5 miles   No Boat Launch 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed 
 Coastside Pitches   Public Transport <1 mile  Offroad Dog Walk On Site or Direct Access 

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Date of Visit: October 2021  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Motorhome
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Louiejr01 2 reviews from this member

 Great place altogether, would stay there anytime.

Great location and knowledgeable staff,

Super walks and check out the harbour Inn, town is lovely 
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Date of Visit: October 2021  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Motorhome
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Marion 1 review from this member

 Campsite well organised and pitch had plenty of room.

Great location close to Southwold with plenty of pubs and cafes.

Showers nice and warm and clean. 
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Date of Visit: September 2021 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Young couple
Reviewer: Dory66 3 reviews from this member

 Good size pitches, great location, facilities are good.

Friendly staff greeted us, gave us site map etc.

Pitch was a good size for our 4 birth tent and vehicle.

Wood fired pizza van was there on Friday evening.

Nice walk into Southwold or ferry to Walberswick.

Have stayed before and will stay again. 
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Date of Visit: July 2021 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 1 Travelling as:  Other
Reviewer: Jamesp99 2 reviews from this member

 A lovely, well-maintained site in an excellent location right next to Southwold harbour. Reception staff were friendly and helpful.

Paid £24 for a basic tent pitch which is very reasonable for Suffolk in July.

Toilets and showers were clean, with a choice of two blocks plus extra temporary units bought in to help with Covid restrictions. It's run by the local Council so is tidy and well-organised, with plenty of hand-sanitiser stations.

Southwold town is a mile's walk along the coast so that was handy for stocking up on supplies and visiting the pubs.

Overall, a clean and quiet site, close to the sea, which was perfect for me and my son as we were hiking the Suffolk Coast Path. 

Date of Visit: September 2020  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Campervan
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Grantw 1 review from this member

 Great location but an annoying booking system.

The site was very clean and good value for money but the booking system meant we had to move pitches for our second night. 
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Date of Visit: June 2018 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Cheryl n Rob 5 reviews from this member

 We stayed here for 4 nights, arriving on a Friday. It is quite an expensive site and as the place filled up with what we now know were weekend visitors, we felt very cramped - compared to other sites we have been on. There is not much room between bays and if someone has a large awning, they can be quite close to your van.

We didn't use the showers or toilets but I did have a look, and again sadly, I have seen a lot better facilities for a lot less money.

The upside for the site is the location.

The beach is just across the road and it is only a 15 minute walk into Southwold which was excellent.

Probably wouldn't return. 

Date of Visit: May 2018 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Stationhouse26 12 reviews from this member

 We visited this site a large family group, most of which were in tents and us in our caravan, no ehu. If you are looking for a campsite to have a quiet weekend then this isnít it. It was absolutely packed solid. It is half statics and half camping with one field for electric hook up and another, larger one, without. The electric field looked a lot quieter than the tent field so if we were to return then this is where we would pitch. As per other reviews, the facilities are old and not kept clean. You have to pay 20p for hairdryers and there are no electric points. We werenít too bothered as we have our own facilities. It absolutely tipped it down the weekend we were there too and the site was waterlogged and people were getting stuck when they were leaving.

It is, however, in a very nice spot so if you like the beach its great, albeit a bit of a trek from the (very quaint) town. 

Date of Visit: July 2017 Unit:  Campervan
Reviewer: Aysteph 5 reviews from this member

 I have stayed here numerous times over the last 8 years, albeit not by choice but as necessity.

The location of this site is superb and cannot be faulted. However, as one of the most costly sites in europe it is suffering from lack of investment and is very poorly run by the local council. In 16/17 the council have spent some money, primarily on health and safety but much remains to be done.

Clearly the joy of this site is its 'natural' feel but that should not excuse poor quality services when you are paying top dollar. Problem areas are as follows:

1. Too few showers which are in a poor state.

2. Cleaning leaves much to be desired.

3. Waste skips are a centre piece of the site clearly visible from most pitches and after a weekend overflowing with gulls all of them and unfortunately the odd rat.

I would suggest visit the site but also register your views for improvements. The Council needs to be made to take action. 

Date of Visit: August 2016 Unit:  Tent
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
Reviewer: Chrisinhove 9 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. 

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