Belfast is a magnificent city. Located on the northeastern coast of Northern Ireland at the mouth of a lough, it is the capital and most populous city of its country. With a population of around 300,000 and a rich history, there is plenty to love and much to see when visiting this city.
Some people love the hustle and bustle of city life, while others prefer to get away from it. If you are more of the latter, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, you will find all the best campsites surrounding the Belfast area, with a little something for everyone. Posh glamping to watersports, everything is included.
Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, we’ve all been itching to get out, away from our homes, and explore again. With lockdown measures finally starting to lift in Northern Ireland, it’s time to start making plans. So, here are a few of the most popular campsites in and around Belfast for you to try.
Situated around 20 miles south-east of Belfast are Delamont Country Park camping and caravanning site. Perfectly situated near Strangford Lough, this family-friendly park has everything you need for a group getaway. Whether you’re caravanning, camping, or trying out your new hard shell roof top tent, this is a great spot. Obviously, its family-friendly nature might put people off looking for a quieter getaway. But, if you’re after the getaway of the country park with BBQs and games, this could be the place for you.
This site has electricity at every pitch with grass and hardstanding pitches available. You will find on-site shops, showers, toilet disposal, laundry, and drinking water. Plus, you are always allowed to bring your four-legged friends with you! If you want quiet, family fun a 40-minute drive from Belfast, give the country park a go.
Completely the opposite side of Belfast, near the northern beaches of Ballygally, you will find something very different. Here, nestled into the countryside is a small selection of glamping pods – that’s glamorous camping, by the way! This is a completely different experience from the classic camping and caravanning site. Here you will feel completely isolated from the rest of the world.
Sycamore Pods has, in fact, just two pods. They are self-contained and include all the mod cons you could possibly want like WiFi, drinking water, laundry, center shower favorites. This setting is ideal for relaxing, private getaways, but is also only a few minutes from lovely local pubs and, again, a 40-minute drive to Belfast. It’s worth noting that, while they sleep up to two adults and two children, these pods do not allow pets.
Myrtle at Larchfield Estate
This next spot is a little closer to Belfast but even quieter and more serene. Just one posh pod sits in Larchfield Estate, and that pod’s name is Myrtle. Myrtle is a 1952 Swiss Army truck that has been converted into the most glamorous of camping pods, just for adults. Two at a time, in fact, making Myrtle the perfect romantic getaway spot.
Inside Myrtle, you will find every luxury you could want in a private, secluded getaway. There are relaxing robes, luxury bedding, and even a wood-burning stove. Running water and a shower are included, plus a fridge to keep your bubbles cold! This place is less than a 30-minute drive from Belfast, making it the closest spot yet. However, it is by far the most private, relaxing, and secluded.
Let’s Go Hydro
At the other end of the scale, there’s Let’s Go Hydro. Located just 6 miles from Belfast city center, this adventure and watersports park attracts people from all over the country. This place combines glamping pods with awesome outdoor activities. You can learn wakeboarding from qualified instructors or take a kayak out. Then, you can sit by the campfire and relax peacefully, or join one of the many evening group activities.
Of course, kids are welcome here, but sadly dogs are not. You will, however, find everything you need for an easy stay on-site, including communal toilet facilities, showers, shops, cafes, and BBQ all on-site. You might never get to Belfast if you decide to stay here!
Finally – and furthest from Belfast – is Castle Ward Caravan Park. It couldn’t go without a mention, as this park’s scenery and castles were used in the filming of the hit TV show Game Of Thrones. Visiting here means exploring the amazing scenery and see if you can notice spots from your favorite GoT scenes.
It is, however, over 22 miles from the city, making it less attractive to those who want regular trips into Belfast. If you are happy, though, to avoid the city altogether, this site has everything you need. From caravans to camping, with a selection of luxury pods thrown in, there’s something for everyone here.
Up to two dogs are allowed per group, as are full families. No restrictions on kids here. And, as with most of the other sites listed, you’ve not got to go far for any amenities. This site has electric hookups, a shop, laundry facilities, a cafe, and proper toilets. For a family-friendly, TV-inspired getaway, this could be the perfect spot for you.
Best Time of Year to Visit Belfast
Belfast, like much of the UK, obviously isn’t blessed with the best weather all year round. Most of these campsites, however, are open for long stretches of the year. But, when’s the best time for camping near the city? Well, May to October will be your safest bet. Highs of 20C in July and August feel nice and summery, despite the fact that you’ll likely get some rain between bouts of sunshine! Regardless of when you visit, Belfast is a beautiful place with plenty to see. Just be prepared for rain if you visit outside of the summer months!
As you can see there are a huge variety of options when it comes to camping in and around Belfast, from adventure sports parks to one-pod getaways. Whichever you choose, you can travel into the city as much as you like, or keep it strictly camping and avoid the city altogether.