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“Lovely well maintained campsite convenient for many attractions”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Riverside Camping

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Riverside Camping
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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
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“Lovely well maintained campsite convenient for many attractions”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2014

We intended to stop at another campsite in the area but found that it was closed-Riverside was recommended to us by locals. We arrived late and the onsite cafe staff were very kind and efficient in sorting out our predicament and ensuring that we got booked onto site. There are many lovely pitches on grass, some with electric hook up and some without, and there are also pitches with hard standing. Site rules state that campervans must be on the latter so we were sited immediately adjacent to the Mill Café. We were the first campers of the low season so we had the site to ourselves, which is why it looks empty in the accompanying photographs! The setting is absolutely beautiful next to a river, and birdlovers would find the site an attraction in itself.
Amenities on site include:-
Very pleasant café, open until 5.00pm, serving breakfasts and lunches-I understand it also may open in the evenings on Friday and Saturdays.
Adjacent garden centre
Childrens play area, volleyball and Boules areas
Laundry
Freezer for icepack storage
Dog walks and woodland walks
Large reception including a shop
Hire of games equipment and free Wi-Fi.

Washing facilities and wcs are located in 2 areas-one close to the tent pitches and one underneath the café. The former was closed so I can't comment on it but the latter was spotless. The facilities in the block that we used are shared by men and women-there is 1 wc for men and 1 for women, 2 wash cubicles, and 4 showers. Dishwashing stations are only in the block by the tents.
My only reservation is that if the site was fully occupied, people might find that they had to wait to use the essential facilities.

The campsite has a huge car park, and in bad weather, campers may be asked to park cars here rather than on the grass. The main road doesn't have paths and in high season it is probably busy as it links Caernafon and LLanberis, 2 popular tourist areas, but to be honest everything worth seeing is a short drive away rather than a walk. My advice is if you fancy a drink, take it with you as it's not worth the risk and effort of walking to the nearest pub.
How can you occupy yourself in this neck of the woods? So many ways is the answer! Caernarfon is 2 miles away to the left, offering castles, coasts, shops (big Morrisons on outskirts to stock up at). Closer to home still on the left, there is a go karting track and a climbing centre.
Head to the right, 1/4 mile up the road is the Sopna Tandoori restaurant-excellent food if you don't fancy cooking! Drive for 5.2 miles to the right and you'll come to beautiful LLanberis. There you can occupy yourself all day- steam train to Snowden, boat ride round the lake, train ride alongside the lake, Electric Mountain tour, Nation Slate Museum, Deep diving centre...etc etc..!!!

Finally, the cost of stopping at the campsite. It was more expensive than several we have stayed at-£23 for one night in a campervan with electric hook up, but as stated, you are in a perfect location if you want to sight see. This pitch was one of the most expensive one on the site.
Overall, a very good experience.

Room Tip: Masses of pitches to select from unless you are in a camper- if so you have to go on hard standing...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2014

Have been to this site for the last 2 years, booked again for the last bank holiday in May. Have booked again for May 2014. Looking forward to another "chilled" week at Riverside. Lovely clean site, plenty of room between pitches. Lovely clean shower blocks, that are well looked after by the staff. Have received a warm welcome each time we have been. Would definitely recommend this site.

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2013

Stayed here for 2 nights with family and I was very impressed. What a lovely clean peaceful campsite. Gorgeous river runs around the campsite which my nephews were in for 2 days they loved building an damm. Well recommend to anyone.

  • Stayed July 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2013

Stayed at this campsite for a week in June with our 3 children and also took a friend and her 2 children, we had a fantastic week even though it rained quite abit. The site is beautiful and the shower and toilet blocks were kept immaculate at all times. The owners were extremely helpful in advising good attractions to visit in the area and they did routine checks at night to ensure the camp was peaceful. The river running through the site was great fun for the kids, even in the rain my husband took them in for a paddles and play with the dingys. We could quite happily have spent the week just around the site enjoying the beauty. We had a pitch right opposite the play area which was ideal for us as we could sit and watch the children playing from the tent and it was a lovely safe play area for them. We would definitely recommend this site and we intend on making another visit to this site one day.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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warrington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2013

Just come back from a wonderful extended bank holiday weekend at Riverside.
We went with 2 other families and there was a lot of communication prior to the holiday over various issues which I won't bore you with but suffice it to say that they went over, above and beyond the call of duty to accommodate us.
The day we arrived I was first of our party on site with my 6 year old having had to leave my husband and poorly toddler at home. Welcome was warm, efficient and friendly and I was shown to our pitch personally. An extension cable was provided to enable me to use a hook-up.
When I encountered difficulties putting the tent up on my own (well with the 6yr old's 'help') there was someone on hand to help me stand the poles up.
The site is very pretty, very well maintained, and lots of scope to please everyone! Peace, action, dogs, kids, walkers, paddlers and also you are in the heart of a very beautiful part of Wales with no shortage of things to see out and about. We loved crabbing in the harbour by the castle.
I have never been on such a quiet site in the evening (not counting the river which was quite noisy in places but I liked this). The playground is emptied around 10pm and all the children encouraged to go to their accommodation. After that the noise levels are monitored.
Someone further down has commented on the on-site cafe being expensive but I didn't think it was. I paid a little over £5 for a very delicious and beautifully presented baguette and my son had a equally delicious looking sandwich for under £3. Tea for 1 was £2. This all served in very pleasant surroundings with excellent service.
Facilities were clean and there is the option to freeze your ice blocks but don't expect to get your own ones back again!
The only negative, and it is tiny, is that there is quite a pong coming from one of the little streams running through the park. It's not all the time but it can be quite unpleasant. I wouldn't pitch where I pitched again so if you see a little bridge, avoid this area! It's also a path well used by the site's youth so not as peaceful as other parts of the site.
We loved it so much we have already booked to go back next year...hope we can all go next time!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Coventry
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2013

Positives - The site is gorgeous, plenty for kids of all ages to do. Beautiful river which lots of kids were paddling/rafting in although it was very fast at times. Landscaped grounds and water garden. A dog walk.
Perfect location for visiting local attractions - castles, beaches, and Snowdonia.
Staff were mainly helpful and had spare leads etc if needed.
Restaurant food was very nice - we went back several times

Negatives - the site was very busy and they could do with more shower/toilet facilities.
The smell by our pitch was awful - the pitch was next to a gully from the septic tank - we often had to keep the windows closed in the caravan. It is a large site and most of the other pitches did not suffer from this issue.

It has the potential to be one of the best campsites we have ever visited - the smell would put me off returning, certainly to the same pitch.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2013

Just returned from our 2nd visit this year this is a quality campsite which is sure to keep the family happy. The childrens playground kept our daughters entertained and also a great place for them to meet new friends, the river which runs along the campsite was also great for paddling and for them to watch the older kids come down in their dingies. There is also volleyball, badminton and basketball nets availabe free of charge and a separte dog walking area. The facilities are all clean and tidy and also has a onsite restaurant which is very nice, will definitely be returning to this campsite.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Riverside Camping
Address: Seiont Nurseries, Caernarfon LL55 2BB, Wales
Region: United Kingdom > Wales > North Wales > Gwynedd > Caernarfon
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Ranked #1 of 21 Speciality Lodging in Caernarfon
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Hotel Class:4 star — Riverside Camping 4*
Number of rooms: 13
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