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City breaks in your leisure vehicle…

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Although more traditional caravan and motorhome trips may involve rural locations, rolling countryside or quiet coastal areas, leisure vehicles are actually great for getting away on city breaks too!

Much in the same way, they provide you with a roof over your head in a location of your choice, and if you’re up for exploring some of the great cities in England or indeed the wider UK or Europe, doing it in your leisure vehicle offers you great flexibility and versatility.

Bath - city breaks


Wherever you fancy going, there’s likely to be a wide range of camp sites close by that you can utilise and that will provide you with the base you need for your city adventures. 

Benefits of leisure vehicle city breaks

  • Embarking on a leisure vehicle city break is a great idea as it’ll give you that base that you need to come back to at the end of each busy day, with all your own things around you!

  • It’s the ideal way to combine urban exploration with the convenience of a leisure vehicle. You’ll be able to discover the vibrant atmosphere, cultural landmarks, and diverse experiences that cities have to offer while having a cosy base awaiting you.

  • You won’t have to waste time researching and booking accommodation or worrying about the standard they’ll provide.

  • Staying in your leisure vehicle on a camp site is likely to be much cheaper than a hotel, B&B or Airbnb.

  • You’ll be fully self contained with your own washroom and kitchen facilities meaning that you’ll have the freedom to cook for yourself quickly and easily, as and when suits you.

  • You’ll get the hustle and bustle of city life during the day, combined with the more relaxed leisure vehicle pace of life when you return to your home on wheels.

  • Staying in your leisure vehicle will give you the freedom to go where you like, when you like! You can choose to visit one city or a number of cities as it’s easy to move around and you’ll always have a place to stay! Consider checking out campsites and book ahead using a site like pitchup.com or caravansitefinder.co.uk if you’re travelling at peak times or in school holidays.

Things to consider when embarking on a leisure vehicle city break

Have a think about how close to the city you wish to stay and what facilities you’ll need onsite. Many cities have a range of campsites within a couple of miles of the city centre which is particularly handy for those in motorhomes as it gives you the option to leave your vehicle onsite and easily utilise public transport. There are usually a number of other campsites a bit further out, which are perhaps a little quieter and relaxing, whilst also only a short commute into the city. Look into the available sites using pitchup.com or caravansitefinder.co.uk for your chosen area - the choice is yours! 

Facilities and services
Check what facilities and services any campsites you’re considering offer to ensure that the essentials are provided. This could include things such as electric hook-up, water supply, waste disposal points, and even Wi-Fi, which is likely to be superior to any you’d find on the more rural campsites! These amenities ensure a comfortable stay while allowing you to explore the city during the day.

Access to urban attractions
One of the advantages of city caravanning breaks is the proximity to various urban attractions. You’ll have the opportunity to visit museums, galleries, landmarks, shopping districts, restaurants, and entertainment venues with ease. Why not research the city and make a list of places you want to visit beforehand?

Getting around
When city caravanning, it's essential to consider how you’ll get around. Depending on the location and infrastructure, you may be able to use public transportation, or walk or cycle from your campsite to reach the city. This would enable you to leave your car/motorhome at the campsite which offers convenience as well as environmental benefits! Research transportation options in advance to plan your itinerary effectively.

Local regulations and permits
If you’re travelling in a campervan or motorhome and not planning on staying at a campsite, be sure to investigate the local regulations and requirements in regards to overnight parking. Some cities may have restrictions on where you can park overnight with a leisure vehicle, so it's important to check if you need permits or adhere to specific guidelines to ensure a hassle-free experience.

Safety and security
While city caravanning can be exciting, it's essential to prioritise safety and security. Choose campsites or parking areas with good lighting and secure surroundings. Take necessary precautions to protect your belongings and follow common-sense safety practices.

Noise and privacy
Compared to rural camping, city caravanning may involve more noise and less privacy due to the proximity to urban activities and potential nearby neighbours. Consider using earplugs and maintaining respectful behaviour to minimise disturbances and ensure a pleasant experience for yourself and those around you.

5 great cities to visit in England

Known for its Roman-built baths and Georgian architecture, Bath is a beautiful city in southwest England. The Roman Baths, Bath Abbey, and the elegant Royal Crescent are among its notable attractions. The city is also famous for its spa culture and picturesque surrounding countryside.

Home to one of the world's oldest and most prestigious universities, the University of Oxford, this city is known for its stunning architecture and scholarly atmosphere. Visitors can explore the historic colleges, the Ashmolean Museum, the Covered Market, the Botanic Garden or take a punt ride along the River Thames.

Another renowned university city, Cambridge is located on the River Cam in eastern England. It is famous for its exquisite college buildings, including King's College Chapel and the Bridge of Sighs. Punting on the River Cam is a popular activity, and the city has a vibrant cultural scene. Other top attractions include Market Square, the Botanic Garden and Fitzwilliam Museum.

Located in northwest England, Liverpool is renowned for its maritime history, music heritage (being the birthplace of The Beatles), and vibrant cultural scene. The Royal Albert Dock, the Beatles Story Museum, and the Liverpool Cathedral are among the city's most popular attractions.

Located in the north of England, York is a city steeped in medieval history. It boasts an incredibly well-preserved ancient city wall, the magnificent York Minster Cathedral, and the narrow, winding streets of the Shambles. The city also has excellent museums and is famous for its tea rooms.

Whatever you need - we’ve got it!

If you’re thinking of starting your leisure vehicle journey in 2023 or wish to upgrade your vehicle before you embark on your next trip, give us a call on 01962 714844, get in touch via our website or pop into the showroom for a chat!

Check out our range of new and pre-owned caravans and motorhomes online and then pop in for a closer look. And - make sure you have all you need for your trip - check out our new online shop, which is packed full of all the camping essentials!


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