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  • Peaceful parkland in a wildlife and stargazing haven
  • Pitches limited for maximum space and privacy
  • Excellently-kept amenities, tourist info and covered dining area

Nightclubs making you narky? Looking to have a restful break at a peaceful family-friendly Cornwall park where the only tunes you might hear will be from your own contented humming as you wander around the parkland? Head down to Poldown Camping and Caravan Park, in a peaceful and sunny little hollow, sheltered from wind and three miles from the nearest beach.

St Ives, Falmouth, Penzance, Mullion, The Lizard, Hayle, Gwithian and Godrevy are among the places under a 20-minute drive from this peaceful spot; on site, this is top stargazing land for spying night skies on clear eves.

Poldown keeps its number of pitches low, on two acres of parkland landscaped to have a garden feel, with plenty of open space among the flower beds for kickabouts and walks. The spacious and level pitches are restricted to only one or two per camping area, so you can hide away to your heart's content. There’s a playground on site, free hot showers, portable barbecues around the park and a covered dining area with table, chairs, barbecue and wood burner.

For food, Poldown has five child-friendly pubs serving meals within a three-mile radius; within two miles, there are a couple of supermarkets in Helston and restaurants, takeaways and a top fishmonger in the fishing village of Porthleven a couple of miles away. Closer to home there's a farm shop within half a mile.

If you're stuck for ideas on what to do off site (or, more likely, all of a flutter trying to narrow the many Cornwall options down), an extensive tourist information chalet is also on site; owners Gilles and Nelly are more than happy to point ditherers in the right direction too.

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Site was basic but had everything you would need. Very lovely people 30/09/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Anna D. Confirmed

  • Electric optional grass tent or trailer tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The site was clean and the people that run it were very helpfull


    Very hard ground, bent most of my tent pegs lol

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Nice quiet site very clean 27/08/2016

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    Really nice quiet site with plenty of space for kids , our pitch was big, tucked away in the corner with hedges and shrubs around making it very private . The site was clean and staff was friendly.
    Great location, away from the noise at night but close to some great locations .
    Will book again next year 😊


    Nothink to dislike , maybe could of done with some lighting around the camp paths . But really wasn't an issue.

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Bar or club house

Cycle hire

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Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

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Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away


TV room


Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access


Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area



Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Touring and motorhomes

Drainage hook-up points for tourers

Fully serviced pitches

Hard standings

Water hook-up points for tourers


Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed



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Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Cycle hire nearby

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Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

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Indoor pool nearby

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Restaurant nearby

Surf school nearby

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Groups welcome

Family friendly

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Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

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Bar nearby

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Small (11-25 pitches)


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  • Near Carleen Helston, Cornwall, England, TR13 9NN
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 50.1215°N 5.3165°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Helston: Coinagehall Street Coach Stop — 2.3 miles
Porthleven: The Square Coach Stop — 2.5 miles
Hayle Coach Stop — 6.4 miles
Train stations
Camborne Rail Station — 6.2 miles
Hayle Rail Station — 6.4 miles
St Erth Rail Station — 6.6 miles
Ferry ports
Helford Village Ferry Landing — 8.3 miles
Helford Passage Ferry Landing — 8.5 miles
Penzance Ferry Terminal — 9.4 miles
Penzance Airport — 9.0 miles
Land's End St Just Airport — 15.7 miles
Newquay St Mawgan Airport — 26.4 miles


From Helston - follow the directions for Penzance for 1/2 mile. At the top of the hill turn right in the direction of Hayle and then take the second left in the direction of Carleen. Continue for 1/2 mile up to our entrance.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

Cast off from Porthleven harbour, hire a dinghy or kayak from Gilles and Nelly, take your feet around the Cornish coastal walks or make it your mission to visit as many beaches as humanly possible…and that's before even mentioning golf courses, horse riding trails, adventure parks or tin mines...

But to the beach(es) first: as well as Praa Sands and Porthleven, there are several sandy spots along this stretch of coast and coves close by at Kynance, Mullion, Poldhu and Pollurian for watersports, fishing or just basking sunbaked and contented on the sand.

Take the A3083 towards the Lizard to reach Kennack Sands, a family-friendly beach in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, or go the other way towards Penzance for Longrock Beach and safe swimming. Towards Falmouth, diving tuition, shore dives and beach dives are available from Porthkerris Beach to swim among the local basking sharks or the area’s shipwrecks.

Marazion is a good family beach that doesn’t get too crowded; while you’re there, take a trip to the island of St Michael’s Mount for castle tours and summit climbing. It’s managed these days by the National Trust, which also keeps an eye on the house and medieval garden at Godolphin a mile or two from Poldown and on the working harbour of Mullion Cove.

Once the kids have tired themselves and you out at Flambards, the Eden Project is about 30 miles from Helston, or they can tire you out again at Newquay Zoo, Hayle’s Paradise Park and the Crealy Great Adventure Park; add some history into the mix by bringing them underground to Poldark Mine to see how the tin miners used to put in their days.

As it’s Cornwall, you’ll find most other places within easy reach: Falmouth and Penzance are close by, but heading to the north coast, St Ives, Portreath and Newquay are all easily doable for a day trip.

Or stick closer to home and sample the Cornish cream teas and seafood in and around the villages of the south coast: if you’re going to Cadgwith to pick up lobster and shark, you can also squawk sea shanties with the Cadgwith Singers in the local inn on Friday nights.

Must see

  • Flambards (3.3 miles)
  • National Seal Sanctuary (5.2 miles)
  • St Michael's Mount (7.1 miles)

National Trust

  • Godolphin (1.8 miles)
  • Penrose Estate: Gunwalloe and Loe Pool (2.8 miles)

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