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- Spacious site a few minutes' drive from the Snowdonia mountains
- A short drive from the coast
- Covered picnic area, communal bbq, den building and woodland dog walk
This Snowdonia site is a beaut. And so say the generations who've returned to Riverside Camping near Caernarfon in Gywnedd season after season: you'd be hard pressed to pin down just the one reason why, but it'd probably have something to do with peaceful riverside pitches among lots of open space.
And the friendly helpful team, and the many little additions like free wifi, a splendidly-sized undercover picnic area, a volleyball and badminton court, and mini grass football pitch… yes, that's several reasons, but after all, this site is a beaut...
Riverside Camping is in a sheltered loop of the River Seiont that's proved most suitable for fishing, birdwatching, boating and paddling, surrounded by woodland for yet more holiday adventures (short woodland dog walks are accessible on the site).
Apart from its riverside location, the site's setting is also a beaut: a few minutes' drive from the mountains of Snowdonia, two miles from mighty Caernarfon and less than six from the coast. Steel-blooded campers also use Riverside as a base for the Slateman Triathlon and Snowdon Race in Llanberis five miles away, or for mountain biking, watersports and many other heady north Wales activities in the region.
Other thoughtful touches (there are many) are the kids' playground in the middle of the site; pocket-money toys (and sweets, drinks, ice cream and tourist info) in reception; a mini playhouse and a colouring table for the kids; a launderette and a freezer for ice packs; and undercover table tennis and pool to partake of on rainy days. The hot showers on site are free and include family and disabled facilities.
Riverside Camping also has an onsite bistro, The Mill, serving meals using local ingredients, light lunches, snacks, wine, local ales and Welsh breakfasts including laver bread to fuel stomachs before a hike up/race down the nearest mountain. The nearest shop is about a mile away and plenty of pubs, takeaways and restaurants are at nearby Caernarfon.
Dogs are welcome at Riverside, as are group bookings – time to gather your crew for a Welsh riverside stay and a hike to the Snowdon summit…?
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However, where the pitch or accommodation occupancy allows it, you can make a booking for up to 30 adults and 30 children in one booking.
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Large groups: check the listing page for any group restrictions set out in the terms and section titled ‘Please note’.
Large tents/caravans: check the restrictions on unit dimensions to ensure your unit is suitable for the space you will be provided with.
Fantastic site in a great location & excellent facilities
Beautiful site with lovely river & walks.
We will be back excellent site
Great site with lovely facilities!
Really enjoyed it. Facilities were good and site surroundings great!
Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Touring and motorhomes
Fully serviced pitches
Tourer storage facilities
Water hook-up points for tourers
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Mountain biking nearby
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Public transport nearby
Medium (26-50 pitches)
- Coach stations
Caernarfon: Penllyn Bus Station
— 1.6 miles
1.6 miles Penygroes (Gwynedd) Coach Stop — 6.5 miles
6.5 miles Bangor: Garth Rd Bus Station — 7.5 miles
- Train stations
Llanfairpwll Rail Station
— 5.6 miles
5.6 miles Bangor (Gwynedd) Rail Station — 6.9 miles
6.9 miles Bodorgan Rail Station — 8.7 miles
- Ferry ports
Holyhead Ferry Terminal
— 20.0 miles
— 14.7 miles
From Caernarfon, take the A4086 towards Llanberis for 1.5 miles. Look out for our Riverside Camping signs on the right-hand side. Follow the road down into the main car park. From there you can walk to reception by following the signs.
If travelling by train, the nearest station is Bangor. From there, taxis are available or take a bus to Caernarfon, and a taxi to Riverside.
There's simply stacks to do around here as well as Snowdonia mountains walks and climbs, like the beaches and coastline of the (also beaut) Isle of Anglesey and the Llŷn Peninsula, nature spotting, getting active on land or water, or investigating centuries' worth of Welsh history at nearby castles, museums and mines.
The best known attraction of ancient and royal Caernarfon a couple of miles from Riverside Camping is ancient and strapping Caernarfon Castle, but you should/must also make time for its old and lovely pubs or for crabbing from the harbour walls; wherever you end up in this scenic city, take many photos.
North Wales is steam railway country, so if you don't fancy getting to Snowdon's summit (Copa'r Wyddfa) under your own steam, take the Snowdon Mountain Railway to the peak instead from its base at Llanberis.
The Welsh Highland Railway puffs the 25 miles from Caernarfon to Porthmadog (you should make many pub pitstops along the way) and the Llanberis Lake Railway on Tomos Bach is a good option for younger children.
Other faves of the Riverside Camping team are the newly opened Beacon Climbing Centre two minutes' drive away; Colwyn Bay Zoo and RSPB Conwy; Anglesey Sea Zoo; the free Llanberis Slate Museum and the leafy expanse of Greenwood Forest Park.
- Caernarfon Castle (1.8 miles)
- National Slate Museum (5.2 miles)
- Snowdon Mountain Railway (5.2 miles)
- Plas Newydd Country House and Gardens (4.2 miles)
- Ty^ Mawr Wybrnant (17.4 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Camping and touring|
|Arrive:||1 p.m. –||Anytime|
|Arrive:||3 p.m. –||Anytime|
Please email or phone in advance with your estimated arrival time.
Riverside Camping cancellation policy
No refunds within 4 weeks of arrival date.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.
Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.
A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Riverside Camping will debit the balance from your card 4 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 4 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.
You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.
Payment methods accepted on the parkAmerican Express