Often when our mind wanders to honeymoons - don’t deny it, we’ve all had that daydream!- it will go straight to white stunning beaches, clear waters and romantic villas. We associate honeymoons only with places like Hawaii, Thailand and the Seychelles. But this may not be possible for all, due to budget and time constraints, or perhaps some of us simply yearn for a more original, but still romantic, honeymoon destination! So we’re here to not only tell you about the top honeymoon destinations in England, but ones that you can partake in a campervan. Let’s get started!
Why spend your honeymoon in a campervan?
A campervan is a far more romantic way to spend your honeymoon, as it will bring you closer than ever. Start your married life by spending uninterrupted time with one another, in the privacy of a van. You’ll get to forget the rest of the world and enjoy the simpler things, all in the company of the one you love the most. You’ll be saved from excessive planning and organising, as you have more than enough of that to do with the big day! Instead you can take each day as it comes, without being anchored by hotel bookings or public transport. Enjoy a staycation in your own beautiful country, or explore other regions in England. Enjoy the beautiful outdoors, staying away from technology and the bustle of cities, and stretching your legs properly!
Hidden away at the bottom of the UK, Cornwall is a spectacular spot for a honeymoon. It is one of the most romantic honeymoon destinations due to the towering cliffs, dramatic coastlines and more. Spend a week cruising across wide sandy beaches, exploring hidden coves, and enjoying the sunset views from coastal footpaths. Cornwall in a campervan is wonderful, as there are many lovely campsites and camping spots, and plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy.
Things to do in Cornwall:
Surfing. Catch some gnarly waves while you’re in one of the UK’s best surfing spots. You can either bring your own, rent a board, or take lessons from one of the many surf schools. Nothing bonds you more than a shared interest or learning something new together!
Flambards Theme Park. Getting married can be quite grown up, so why not act like a kid for a day and visit a theme park? Together you can uncover fossils in the Dino Dig, discover dinosaurs in the Jurassic Journey and brave the sky-high thrill rides!
Walking. Cornwall offers an unrivalled amount of walking paths. You can simply take short walks along your favourite beach, or make a day of it. Pack a lunch and tackle the South West Coast Path or Saint’s Way!
Campsites in Cornwall:
Gwithian Farm Campsite and Caravan Park - An ideal campsite given that it is a mere few minutes walk from Gwithian beach, a 3 mile long beach renowned for safe bathing, good surfing, being dog friendly and featuring a coastal path!
£16-34 pitch/night dependent on season, and whether you’d like electrical hook up.
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Henry’s Campsite - Enjoy endless glasses of Old Rosie Cider from their on-site shop as you enjoy the tranquility of this family-run campsite.
£22 pitch/night, £4 for electrical hook up.
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2. The Cotswolds
If you’re looking to truly escape from cities and the bustle of metropolitan life for your honeymoon, then the Cotswolds is the destination for you! It is positively designed for newlyweds, comprised of charming chocolate-box villages filled with vintage tearooms, homey pubs and fine dining restaurants. The delightful villages are encircled by rolling green hills and meadows of wildflowers, you won’t be surprised to learn it is classified as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Things to do in the Cotswolds:
The ‘Romantic Road’ trip, along winding roads from Broadway with stately homes through several picturesque Cotswold hill villages such as Naunton, Upper and Lower Slaughter, and Bourton-on-the-Water -also known as the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’. The circular drive then continues through the ancient market town of Stow-on-the-Wold and Snowshill before returning to Broadway Tower.
Roman Baths. What could be more romantic than a bath? The Roman baths complex is a site of historical interest, and are a beautiful sight to see and learn more about.
Wildlife Park and Gardens. The Cotswold Wildlife Park and gardens exhibits over 260 different species of animals in 160 acres of landscaped parkland and gardens. It is the perfect afternoon activity, having a friendly stroll in the (hopefully) sunshine!
Campsites in the Cotswolds:
Cotswolds Camping. This small country site will allow you to get to know a few fellow travellers, but also cherish your private time together. It is the ideal location for exploring the surrounding areas and the view over the valley of West Oxfordshire is the perfect way to end your day.
£16 pitch/night, all other facilities free!
N 51.88557, W 1.48991
Far Peak Camping. The best campsite for active couples, or those who are trying to be! The campsite features an on-site Climbing and Outdoors centre and is surrounded by walking and cycling trails. The pitches are spacious and you can enjoy breakfast or a cup of coffee in their cafe!
£18 pitch/night, extra costs for electrical hook up.
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It’s hard not to feel madly and hopelessly in love against the backdrop of Devon, with rugged cliffs, sweeping sands and wild moors come together to create the perfect backdrop for your honeymoon. Your days will be filled with things to do, given the two national parks, five official Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and two spectacular coastlines.
Things to do in Devon:
Surfing. This is another popular spot for surfing, so shrug on a wetsuit and head to Croyde or Woolacombe to give it a go!
Afternoon tea. Honeymoons are supposed to be sweet, and that applies to meals too! Treat yourself to one of the many afternoon tea options in Devon. Be sure to fit in by following the Devonian/Devonshire method by splitting the scone in two, each half covered in clotted cream with strawberry jam on top!
Campsites in Devon:
Devon Banks Caravan and Camping Park. On the edges of Exmoor, you’ll find this calm campsite to unwind after your busy days. It may not be child-friendly but it is dog-friendly! And jokes aside, given that it is your honeymoon I’m sure you’ll appreciate this adult-only campsite and quiet evenings with a glass of wine.
£15 per pitch/night
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SeaView Camping. Feel truly relaxed with the grass under your feet, the sea in front of you and the stars above! There is an on-site shop, and you are walking distance of Dartmouth.
£15 (Low season), £20 (High season) for 2 people/night.
4. Lake District
Why not visit one of the most romantic destinations in the UK for your honeymoon? The Lake District is famed across the globe (no, really!) as England’s biggest national park and a UNESCO World Heritage site. William Wordsworth once described it as “the loveliest spot that man hath found…”, so go and find it with your new partner for a romantic getaway!
Things to do in the Lake District:
Walk. Lots and lots of walking! Up mountains, down valleys, past waterfalls, hamlets and more. You’ll pass many beautiful picnic spots, and get to sweat it out together.
Rent a boat. Hire a rowing boat and explore the shimmering waters of Lake Windermere, which you can follow by visiting The World of Beatrix Potter attraction.
Visit National Trust sights. There are numerous National Trust sights within the Lake District national park, so take a day to tour them in your campervan. From Wray Castle to Hill Top, you’ll find plenty to see and explore together.
Campsites in the Lake District:
Castlerigg Hall. With a fully stocked shop and a campers kitchen, this campsite will allow you to create delicious dinners for the two of you to enjoy together.
£37 for two people/night
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The Quiet Site. This solar powered campsite is surrounded by hiking routes and sits near Ullswater. A major advantage of this site is their amazing bar, The Quiet Bar, which is situated in a 17th century barn and has regular live music performances.
5. Isle of Wight
If you want to go abroad but can’t afford to leave the UK, head over the waters to the Isle of Wight! The entire island is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and exploring it by a campervan will allow you to truly enjoy the stunning scenery. It has been the favourite of many famed icons, including Queen Victoria, John Keats and Lord Tennyson.
Things to do on the Isle of Wight:
Walk. The Isle of Wight’s diverse landscape makes it a true walker’s paradise. You’ll find countless footpaths through open farmland, historic towns, charming villages and ancient woodlands.
Swim. Perhaps not across the Channel, but a gentle splash in the sea will be fun with your new spouse. You’ll find numerous coves and beaches to enjoy, including Steephill Cove, Compton and Colwell Bay. Cuddle under a blanket and watch a phenomenal sunset.
Hang out with alpacas. Seriously! A couple set up an alpaca farm in 2010, and it offers treks with rare Suri alpacas as well as llamas. You can stroke them, take photos and more, and then head to their shop for themed goods spun from alpaca hair. Follow this with a delicious stone-baked pizzas in the adjacent Llama Tree Cafe.
Campsites on the Isle of Wight:
Silly Moos. This riverside campsite is as adorable as its name! Watch the sunset over the rolling hills, and enjoy the “plenty of secluded corners if you like a bit of privacy” - ideal for honeymooners! Enjoy breakfasts on their picnic tables, and the games and entertainment available.
£12 person/night, £5 for electrical hook up.
There you have it, five top honeymoon destinations spread across England for you to enjoy. If you’re having trouble choosing between all the romantic honeymoon destinations, then why not make it a road trip and visit as many of them as possible? But location isn’t even a priority, as long as you’re with the person you love… and in a campervan! Find a campervan today through Goboony and enjoy these top honeymoon destinations the way they should be, behind the wheel of a motorhome