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- Spacious and peaceful eco-friendly site with scenic countryside views
- A 10-minute drive from Ripon and 40 minutes from York
- A 20-minute drive to Lightwater Valley; Europe's longest rollercoaster
Travelling up hills, down dales and across moors? Settle in for hols and pitstops at Venus Campsite, a family-friendly site less than five minutes’ drive from the A1 and 10 minutes from the North Yorkshire city of Ripon.
Whether sticking around for lengthy stays or taking an overnight pause on travels north or south, this is a top spot to pitch up at. Handily placed between the Yorkshire Dales (35 minutes' drive) and North York Moors (20 minutes) national parks, the site’s a good pick for ramblers, bikers, hikers and riders, and urbanites will be well-placed too with Ripon and York (40 minutes) within easy reach.
The site’s eco credentials should appeal to environmental warriors and worriers too: it’s a recognised eco-friendly site, with plenty of green space to roam about in for guests, recycling facilities for sorting the detritus of getaways, and energy coming from renewables.
Feeling hungry or thirsty? A handful of country pubs serve food within about 10 minutes' drive, lots more options can be tried in Thirsk (15 minutes away) and Ripon, and glasses can be raised at the Black Sheep Brewery within 20 minutes. For self-catered stays, there’s a small grocery store five minutes away, and bigger supermarkets in Thirsk.
Please note that this is a back to basics campsite with simple facilities of flushing toilets and free hot showers – if you're in the market for luxuries like underfloor heating you'll probably need to look elsewhere.
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Very friendly owners. Clean facilities and good pitches.
If there are any “environmental warriors” out there - look elsewhere.
From the manager...
Nice sized pitches were a bonus with freshwater and drainage …
Quiet and peaceful. Very polite owner.
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We stayed on an excellent fully serviced plot with our …
Lovely friendly owner, we were made to feel very welcome. …
Brilliant facilities helped make life easy and a very enjoyable stay.
excellent site will return again
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Disinfectant sprays and wipes provided
Hand sanitising stations
More frequent emptying of bins
Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Car parking by pitch/unit
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Jumbo tent pitches
Tipis, yurts, or wigwams
Electric car charging point(s)
Gas cylinders available
Dog walk nearby
Small (11-25 pitches)
Leisure/theme park nearby
Touring and motorhomes
Drainage hook-up points for tourers
Motorhome service point
Tourer storage facilities
Water hook-up points for tourers
- Coach stations
Bus Station Stand 1
— 8.0 kilometres
8.0 kilometres Market Place — 8.5 kilometres
8.5 kilometres Bus Stn Stand A — 21.3 kilometres
- Train stations
Thirsk Rail Station
— 6.6 kilometres
6.6 kilometres Northallerton Rail Station — 14.9 kilometres
14.9 kilometres Knaresborough Rail Station — 21.2 kilometres
- Ferry ports
Transporter Bridge South Side
— 45.3 kilometres
45.3 kilometres Transporter Bridge North Side — 45.5 kilometres
Durham Tees Valley Airport
— 34.7 kilometres
34.7 kilometres Leeds Bradford International Airport — 39.0 kilometres
History buffs will be well looked after hereabouts, with plenty to entertain, starting 25 minutes’ drive away at Mother Shipton’s Cave, England’s oldest tourist attraction. Plenty of stately manors are nearby too, with Newby Hall and Ripley Castle within 25 minutes, Beningbrough Hall and Garden 35 minutes from base, and the spectacular (and famed) Castle Howard within 50 minutes.
If history is preferred with an urban slant, head first to Thirsk (15 minutes) to explore the James Herriot museum, then travel on to Ripon’s cathedral and museums (10 minutes), Knaresborough’s castle and scenic viaduct (20 minutes), York’s minster, Jorvik Viking Centre and Shambles (40 minutes), and Durham’s castle, cathedral and museums (55 minutes).
Open-air time is highly recommended nearby too. Explores around the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors national parks are, of course, a must, but not at the expense of visiting the Howardian Hills (25 minutes), the balancing Brimham Rocks (30 minutes), or the stunning gardens at Studley Royal (20 minutes) and Harlow Carr (35 minutes).
Adrenaline seekers, meanwhile, should make immediate tracks to Lightwater Valley, 20 minutes away, where in addition to pedaloes, toboggans and traditional fairground rides, Europe’s longest rollercoaster – the Ultimate – awaits. If that’s got juices pumping for more, it takes an hour to get to Flamingo Land to zip along rides in the theme park or meet animals at the zoo.
- Fountains Abbey (11.8 kilometres)
- Jervaulx Abbey (19.5 kilometres)
- Rievaulx Abbey (23.2 kilometres)
- Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden (11.8 kilometres)
- Brimham Rocks (19.8 kilometres)
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. –||6 p.m.|
|Depart by:||11 a.m.|
Venus Campsite cancellation policy
Balance refunds: no penalties
The site is not liable for any refund in the event of force majeure.
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.
The remainder is payable direct to Venus Campsite on arrival.
Payment methods accepted on the parkCash
Terms and conditionsSite booking terms and conditions
- How much is payable upfront? A 15% transferable deposit is payable when you book, with the balance payable on arrival. Read more
- Does Venus Campsite have a swimming pool? No View all features
- Is Venus Campsite dog friendly? Yes View all features
- What attractions are near Venus Campsite? History buffs will be well looked after hereabouts, with plenty to entertain, starting 25 minutes’ drive away at Mother Shipton’s Cave, England’s oldest tourist attraction. Plenty of stately manors are nearby too, … Read more
- When can I check in and check out of Venus Campsite?
Camping and touring Arrive: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. Depart by: 11 a.m.