The top ten caravan-friendly car parks in Wales
Although Wales is a popular location for caravanners to visit, unfortunately finding caravan-friendly car parks (paid or free) can be difficult. This is especially true for free car parks. In Wales, as with England, there are laws against free camping which are designed to prevent long-term squatting.
But between pubs and guest houses that charge a small overnight fee, and the handful of car parks that allow free motorhome and caravan parking, Wales has plenty of car parks for caravanners to choose from.
1. GoExplore Motorhome Hire, Conwy
Located just two minutes from Junction 18 on the A55, GoExplore offers year-round paid parking to motorhomes. This includes a number of services such as chemical disposal, hook-ups, rubbish bins and water. GoExplore is dog-friendly and suitable for disabled travellers as well.
Address: 15 Cae Rhos Goed, Llandudno Junction, Gwynedd LL31 9PQ, UK
2. Watton Car Park, Brecon, Powys
Watton Car Park is a large car park with approximately 400 spaces for cars, as well as a section for long bay parking in the far corner. Overnight parking is free from 6pm until 8am, and as with all car parks in Powys, parking for caravans and motorhomes is on a one night in seven basis.
Address: Watton, Brecon, Powys LD3 7ED, UK
3. The Penrhiwgaled Arms, Llandysul
Located 3km from the beach, the The Penrhiwgaled Arms is a 17th century renovated Welsh pub. The pub offers a simple pub food menu that includes specialities such as Steak & Kidney Pie, Surf & Turf & Beef Lasagne, as well as an ever-changing board of specials. Well-behaved dogs and children are both welcome.
An overnight motorhome stay costs £5 and water is available, along with toilet disposal.
Address: Cross Inn, New Quay, Llandysul, Dyfed SA44 6LN, UK
4. The Promenade Car Park, Powys
Also located in Powys, the Promenade Car Park offers free overnight parking to motorhomes (6pm – 8am). Although there are no facilities in the car park, it’s only a five minute walk along the riverside footpath into the town centre.
Address: The Promenade Car Park, Fenni-Fach Road, Brecon, Powys, LD3 9LL, UK
5. Riverside Guest House & Cafe, Abergynolwyn
Situated within Snowdonia National Park, camping outside the Riverside Guest House & Cafe offers campers a wonderful opportunity to experience one of Wales’ most beautiful green areas.
An overnight stay costs between £7 and £15 per night, and this includes use of the guest house facilities. Water is available and toilet disposal is possible.
Address: Llanegryn St, Abergynolwyn LL36 9YR, UK
6. The Seagull Inn, Porthcawl
The Seagull Inn is a large family-friendly pub located in the Welsh seaside town of Porthcawl. The Penrhiwgaled Arms offers a traditional British pub grub menu that serves favourites such as fish and chips, steaks, pies, and burgers.
An overnight stay costs £15 and this includes access to water and toilet disposal. Toilets and washrooms are also available, although only during the pub’s opening hours.
Address: Sandpiper Road, Porthcawl, Mid Glamorgan, CF36 3UT, UK
7. Burry Port Harbour, Burry Port
Burry Port Marina is within easy walking distance of the town of Burry Port and the Marina has a designated overnight parking area for motorhomes. Services include public toilets and water supply. The cost of an overnight motorhome or caravan stay is £7, paid at the Harbour Master’s Office.
Address: Burry Port Harbour, Burry Port SA16 0ER, UK
8. Railway Hotel, Nantgaredig
The Railway Hotel in Nantgaredig offers overnight parking for up to five motorhomes at a cost of £5 per night. Services available include water, toilet disposal, rubbish disposal and toilets. Larger motorhomes are advised to phone ahead in advance to check if space is available.
Food is available at the Railway Hotel, which serves a variety of pub classics, with new items added to the menu depending on the season.
Address: Station Rd, Nantgaredig, Carmarthen, Dyfed SA32 7LQ, UK
9. Seaview Hotel, Seafront, Fishguard
The Seaview Hotel in Seafront, Fishguard offers free overnight parking in its car park. No services are available, although if you drink or eat in the hotel (and the hotel would obviously appreciate this), it’s possible to use the toilets there.
Address: Seafront, Fishguard SA65 9PL, United Kingdom
If you’re driving through Wales on route to Ireland via Holyhead, it’s worth knowing that the ferry port long stay car park allows an overnight stay if you are waiting for an early ferry or arriving on a late ferry.
To get to the car park, do not enter the port. Instead follow signs to the ‘Long Term Car Park’. The cost of an overnight stay is £8 for 24 hours.
Address: Turkey Shore Road, Holyhead LL65 2DE, United Kingdom