Review and Factsheet
What is Riverside Camping?
Riverside Camping offers a variety of types of pitches for Tents, Caravans, Campervans and Motorhomes. You also have a choice of being by the riverside or by the playground.
You can also find glamping Cabans and Tented Lodges at Riverside. They have dog friendly units if required.
Where is Riverside Camping?
Riverside Camping is found in North Wales in the United Kingdom close to the town of Caernarfon.
You will find yourself in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park at Riverside Camping and nestling on the banks of the River Seiont.
The postcode for Riverside Camping is LL55 2BB
What accommodation did Jill and Brian use for their stay?
They were in a 2002 Peugeot Autosleeper Pollensa motorhome for this trip (nicknamed Polly).
Jill and Brian’s review of Riverside Camping and this part of their trip
Jill and Brian were on a road trip encompassing Greenacres Caravan Park in Porthmadog, Riverside Camping in Caenarfon and finishing with Sunnyvale in Rhyl.
This part of the trip took place between 29th May and 5th June 2021
Jill and Brian left Greenacres Holiday Park on Saturday 29th May to travel to the Riverside Camping site. Riverside Camping site is outside Caernarfon, near Llanberis and just 23.5 miles from Greenacres Holiday Park.
As they were not allowed onto the Riverside Camping site until 1pm, they visited Morrisons in Caernarfon. This gave them access to a car park with a fantastic view as it overlooks the Menai Strait and provides amazing views of Anglesey.
They checked into Riverside Camping site at 1pm and were directed to their Deluxe pitch. The Deluxe pitch was fully serviced.
Slate fragments covered much of the pitch, the paths and roadways. As Jill spends much of her time in a wheelchair, this made it very difficult for Brian to push his wife around the site.
To make things worse, it was quite a walk to the facilities from their pitch.
Top and middle image are on the deluxe pitch, the bottom image is of the electric only pitch.
The site was bounded on three sides by a small river which fascinated both children and adults. Many of which enjoyed using inflatable boats, canoes and experienced a bit of fly fishing or spinning for the resident trout.
The site was well landscaped with lots of trees and established shrubs, such as rhododendrons, camelias, hydrangeas and many other vibrant coloured shrubs. This was especially so around their pitch, which was hedged for privacy.
There was an on-site bistro which required booking for meals, but access was up a flight of stairs, so they did not utilise its facilities.
With Riverside as a base for a week, they visited Llanberis. They could have travelled up Snowden on the railway, but due to COVID-19, advanced booking was necessary as passenger numbers were limited. It is only currently travelling two thirds of the way up and the stop there has no facilities with just a half an hour break, with no chance to walk the rest of the way to the top.
They then enjoyed a scenic tour around Mount Snowden, through the pass of Llanberis, to Beddgelert, past Llyn Cwellyn before arriving back at Riverside Camping.
Another day they drove over the Britannia Bridge to Anglesey, visiting Beaumaris perched on the banks of the Menai Strait, returning over the Menai Bridge and visiting Bangor.
There was a steep hill involved if they had of visited Caernarfon Castle or the main market square, as parking was limited for motorhomes, so they would have had to park near the river at the bottom of a hill, which would have been tricky with the wheelchair.
What are the facilities at Riverside Camping?
- Jill and Brian started on this pitch
Electric only pitch
- They then moved to this pitch due to a double booking
- Includes a small shop
- Fishing permits
- Phone charging lockers
- Games room with pool table and table football
Toilet & shower facilities
Motorhome waste station
- Children’s playground
- Volleyball & Badminton court
- Den building
- Mini footy pitch
- Woodland footpath and dog walk
- Indoor toddlers play area
- Table tennis and games room
- Children’s colouring table and board games
Covered picnic area with Italian style communal barbeque
The Mill Bistro
Would Jill and Brian stay at Riverside Camping again?
Potentially!! Overall, they liked the site, but the slate fragments everywhere made access difficult for people with limited mobility. So, they are not sure.
What is nearby to Riverside Camping?
- A UNESCO World Heritage site.
- Caernarfon Castle
- Caernarfon Town Walls
- Caernarfon Market Square
- Sygun Copper Mine
- Quarry Hospital Museum
- Mount Snowdon
- Heritage railway travelling along Llyn Padam
- National Slate Museum
- Snowdon Mountain Railway
- Electric Mountain
- Beaumaris Castle
- Menai Strait
- Model village
- Anglesey Sea Zoo
- Penrhyn Castle
- Bangor Garth Pier
- Lon Las Ogwen – walking/cycling trail
- Large shopping area
Can you get discounts on Riverside Camping?
As I write this there are no discounts from August 2021 onwards. But it is always worth checking the following
It is also worth checking if there are vouchers or cashback available for activities you might want to do during your trip.
Tesco Clubcard deals
If you are new to Tesco Clubcard deals, I have written an article to help you. I use my vouchers for a mixture of hotel stays and Hoseason Holiday discounts. How your grocery shopping can help pay for your travels! – Ears and Ideas
As above if you are new to Quidco, I have written an article. But basically, if you are a member (free and paid memberships) just by going through their site you can get cashback. I have received almost £500 from the past few years. Save Money On Your Next Trip – Ears and Ideas
The final one I would suggest you check out is TopCashBack, again I have written an article if you’re a new to this site, it works in the same way as Quidco. Want to get your next trip cheaper? – Ears and Ideas
The bulk of the information and the review for this trip has been provided by guest authors Jill and Brian Crawford from their 2021 trip