York is a compact city whose medieval era layout does not lend itself to large open spaces for campsites!
As a result, campsites in York are located outside the city centre and the York Outer Ring Road.
The disadvantage of this is that you will have to drive or use public transport to visit attractions in York city centre.
But the great advantage is that your campsite is likely to be in a scenic, rural area ideal for day trips around Yorkshire.
I have listed these campsites in York based on their distance from the city centre and have added a personal favourite at the end of the post.
All prices are based on 2020 peak season prices.
Campsites in York
York Caravan Park – 2 miles to York
This is an adult only site and the only five star campsite in York.
The site offers 55 tent and caravan pitches but tent pitches are on hard standing ground.
York Caravan Park is a dog friendly site with excellent wash facilities and free WiFi. There is no shop on the site but local supermarkets and takeaways will deliver direct to your pitch.
Cost – £35 for two adults.
Getting to York – A half hourly bus service that takes 10 minutes to reach York stops outside the caravan park.
Nurseries Caravan Park – 3 miles to York
This beautifully landscaped site to the west of York near the village of Askham Bryan is a wooded site covering 7 acres.
It is a dog friendly site with excellent wash facilities and free hot showers. There is a small shop, games field and adventure playground on site as well as a useful washing machine and tumble dryer. The site is one mile from a friendly pub. This spacious site is a great choice if you are visiting York with kids.
Nurseries Caravan Park also offers idyllic two- four person camping pods from £45 per night.
The park is a short distance from the A 64 and the A 1237 York Ring Road so is ideally placed for day trips from York to Leeds, Harrogate and the Yorkshire Dales.
Cost – Grass camping pitches with electric cost £23 for two adults + car in peak season. Children over 5 are £3 and under fives are free. A non car backpacker or cyclist is £6.50.
Getting to York – There is a Park and Ride scheme in nearby Poppleton, 1 1/2 miles from Nurseries (Poppleton also has rail connections to York, Harrogate and Leeds) or a short 3 mile drive to York City Centre.
York Naburn Lock Caravan Park – 4 miles to York
York Naburn Lock is a perfect site for campers with bikes as it is close to the River Ouse cycle paths and the Sustrans 65 cycle route.
The campsite also offers fishing permits for £2.50 for their private waters at Naburn Lock.
The 30 acre site has spacious grass pitches for tents, hard standing pitches for caravans and offers an adults only section.
The site allows dogs and has a shop on site, both showers and Wifi are free and a pub is 10 minutes away on foot.
Cost – £31 per night for two adults. Children aged 3 -18 are an extra £4.50 per night.
Getting to York – It is a four mile cycle into York city centre along a car free path or it is a short ten minutes drive.
A regular bus service to York city centre stops outside the campsite.
Alternatively, during the summer months, campers at York Naburn Lock can catch a river boat service direct to the city centre which is a fantastic way to travel into York.
Wagtail Park – 4 miles to York
This 10 acre landscaped park is in Huntington, northeast of York.
The park is ideal for campers who like fishing as Wagtail Park has a large fishing lake with permits for sale at £5 per person per day.
The park also has camping pods for £45 per night.
Cost – A tent pitch with electric costs £28 for two adults. Children over 5 years old are an additional £5 per night.
Getting to York – It is a ten minute drive to York city centre or campers can use the Monks Cross Park and Ride service 1 ½ miles from Wagtail Park.
Ashfield Touring Caravan Park – 4.5 miles to York
This lovely rural park is to the east of York near the village of Dunnington.
The green campsite provides level, spacious pitches with high quality, accessible wash facilities. There is a licensed shop on site with gas refills available.
In addition, campers can enjoy free infinity WiFi, BBQ’s and a children’s playground.
Plus, there is a television and recreation room which is very useful for rainy days in York!
This quiet campsite near York is adjacent to woodland and makes a great base for trips further afield to the Yorkshire Moors and the North Yorkshire coast.
Cost – A peak season grass pitch with electric cost £21 for two adults. Children aged 3 – 18 are an additional £2. Showers cost just 20p for five minutes.
Getting to York – 1.5 miles from Ashfield Touring Park is a Park and Ride with buses running to York city centre every ten minutes. Plus, nearby, there are two, non direct bus routes into York.
Beechwood Grange Caravan Park – 5 miles to York
This Caravan Club site is one of the biggest parks in York though it only offers 10 camping pitches; it has 108 pitches for caravans and camper vans.
Although it is a rural site, Beechwood is near two major York roads so depending on your pitch you may experience traffic noise.
The site has high quality wash facilities and a playground and play area.
Cost – A non electric, grassy tent pitch at Beechwood Grange in peak season costs £11 per night.
Getting to York – There is a Park and Ride bus service from nearby Monks Cross shopping complex into York city centre.
Plus, a local taxi firm offers reduced fares to York for Beechwood campers.
Foxhill Park – 8 miles
Foxhill Park is a tranquil, rural campsite in Claxton, a 15 minute drive from York city centre.
The purpose built park has 20 tent pitches and 36 caravan sites laid around the edge of a field ensuring plenty of space for each camper. Thoughtfully planted trees add extra privacy and protection for campers.
There is an onsite shop, free showers plus a washing machine and tumble dryer.
Foxhill Park is ideally placed for exploring Ryedale, the North York Moors and coast. It is also close to a popular Yorkshire attraction, Castle Howard.
Cost – A flat grass pitch with electric costs £25 for two adults in peak season. Additional adults or children are £2 extra per night.
Getting to York – A local bus stops at the campsite twice daily for journeys into York or to the foodie town of Malton.
Ten minutes walk away is a bus stop for routes to Scarborough or York. Avoid driving into York from Foxhill Park by using the nearby Monks Cross Park and Ride service.
Yapham Holds Farmhouse – 8 miles to York
This gorgeous, adult only campsite is on a working farm near Pocklington on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds.
The friendly, family owned site offers excellent quality washing facilities and plenty of space on its level, grass pitches. Bell tents and camping pods are available on site.
Yapham Holds Farmhouse lies on the Way of The Rose coast to coast cycle route so is a perfect spot for a recharging break! There is also fishing available nearby.
Cost – A non electric grass pitch in peak season is £18 for two adults and just £10 for a single person. An electric grass pitch is £21.
Getting to York – Drive time to York is 20 minutes.
York Meadows Caravan Park – 9 miles to York
This huge site near Sheriff Hutton is a great choice if you are camping with kids.
The park has flat grass pitches for 40 tents and 60 caravan pitches. There are free, accessible showers with underfloor heating, a launderette and a useful shop on site.
If you don’t feel like cooking, local takeaway outlets will deliver to your pitch at York Meadows or there are two pubs within walking distance.
For kids, there is a play area with table tennis, zip wire, giant draughts and climbing frames.
Cost – £26.50 for two adults. Children aged 5-14 are an extra £2.50, extra adults or over 15’s are £3.50.
Getting to York – Drive to the Monks Cross Park and Ride to catch a direct bus to York running every ten minutes.
Tollerton Caravan Park – 10 miles to York
This small, green site offers 25 grass and hard standing pitches.
There is a playing field and playground for kids, washing facilities and laundry on site as well as a small fishing lake. Tollerton Caravan Park has handily located pub at the entrance to the park.
Cost – A peak season camping pitch costs £28 which is fully inclusive of children, pets and awnings.
Getting to York – Drive time to York is 15 minutes or use the Park and Ride service at Rawcliffe Bar.
Allerthorpe Lakeland Park – 14 miles to York
This enormous caravan park and campsite in York is adjacent to a popular 53 acre water sports park. Campers have free access to the water park though the water sport activities cost extra.
The campsite is in a separate, level grass field to the caravans and motor homes and there are good washing facilities and a cafe on site. Local pubs are a short drive away.
Allerthorpe Lakeland Park is a great base for exploring the Yorkshire Wolds.
Cost – Electric pitch costs £30 for 2 adults and 2 children.
Getting to York – Drive time 25 minutes
The Hideaway at Baxby Manor – 17 miles to York
The Hideaway is one of the best campsites near York. The extra journey time to York is worth it for the chance to stay here!
The wooded campsite is nestled in the scenic Howardian Hills, an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is part of a working, 100 acre farm attached to Baxby Manor, a 700 year old medieval Manor House.
The family who own The Hideaway have worked hard to create a unique, eco-friendly campsite where recycling is the norm.
The onsite shop stocks plastic free goods and the campsite’s hot water is heated by biomass fuel.
Trees and hedgerows have been carefully planted to create an area abundant in wildlife and plants.
There are only 40 pitches set within a the 6 acre camping fields so campers will have plenty of space and privacy. Each pitch is 6 metres wide and has its own fire pit. There is an adult only section for those seeking an even quieter stay.
Plus, the campsite’s user friendly website offers the extra benefit of being able to choose your own pitch.
Despite its rural location, the site is just a few miles from the charming market town of Easingwold and makes a great base to explore the North Yorkshire countryside.
Cost – A non electric pitch in peak season cost £30 for two adults, £35 with electric. Children aged 5 – 13 years are an extra £5 each.
Getting to York – Drive time to York is 20 minutes.
There are bus routes from nearby Easingwold into York city centre; the Number 30 bus takes around half an hour to travel to York. Check here for timetables and fares.
Alternatively, drive to Rawcliffe Park and Ride and catch the 2/2A bus into the city which leaves every 15 minutes with a journey time of 15 minutes. Up to 3 children under 16 are free with each paying adult on a Park and Ride bus.
Do you have favourite campsites in York? Let me know so I can check them out!