A waterside site, right in the heart of Bristol's beautifully re-developed dockland, linked in the summer by a river ferry to the city centre, with its lively shops and entertainments. The Industrial Museum houses the first purpose built caravan, The Wanderer, built in 1880 for The Club's eventual first vice-president; the Bristol Jupiter aero engine, cars, buses, lorries and a replica of Concorde's flight deck. For families there is the Zoo and the Downs Park, a safe place for young children to play in and an ideal picnic spot.
: June in 2009
Baltic Wharf Caravan Club Site
Baltic Wharf Caravan Club site is situated just 5 miles from the M5 motorway. This makes it an ideal location either for overnight stops or as a great base for exploring the historic cities of Bristol, Bath and the surrounding area.
It is to be found in the heart of Bristol’s redeveloped dockland and is just a stones throw away from the river. On our first visit we approached the site with some trepidation, not having stayed at an urban camp site before. However, on arrival we were pleasantly surprised, the site is neat, compact and secure.
The 2 1/2 acre site may be a little too compact for larger outfits, as some of the pitches are quite narrow. Although the site is small, clever planting of trees and grassy areas give it a tranquil air.
The washblock is modern and immaculate with free hot showers . There are facilities for disabled people, and there is a laundry and veg prep area. There are no childrens’ play areas or dog walk, although access to the quayside can be found through a locked gate (key provided on arrival).
The large dock basins built at the height of the Industrial Revolution are now given over to yachts and canoes. From here you can take a river ferry (or walk) into the centre of Bristol with it’s shops and waterfront bars and cafes. The Bristol to Bath cycle route also runs close by. Further down stream the SS Great Britain is well worth a visit if you have time.
If you don’t feel like cooking there is a friendly waterside pub close by which serves traditional food and on warm evenings the quay is a pleasant place to sit and watch the boats.
There is so much to see and do in the area for all ages, from Bristol zoo to National Trust properties. The site is open all year round and has level, all weather pitches, making it an ideal location for a weekend break, summer or winter.
Baltic Wharf Caravan Club Site
0117 926 8030
Non members admitted
Number of pitches 55 All hard standing
Pitch+ 2+ hook up … £14.90 - £21.90
Extra adult…. £5.00 - £6.70
Extra child…. £1.50 - £3.00
Awning …. free
Non member supplement..£7 per night
1 St Peters Close
0151 342 1911
We stayed at Baltic Wharf last year and would thoroughly recommend it
: July in 2009
I am not sure i want to share this gem with other people it might stop me getting a place next time we go with every one booking.
The wardens are very nice and helpfull ,we arrived on speck but they found a spot for us .
This is one of the nicest site have been to in many years of touring,
well layed out and spotless every were, toilets and shower immaculate,
a walk out the back gate takes you on to the river and you can walk or catch a ferry to Bristol.
Next door is a pub with good food and a nice place to have a drink as the sun sets.
This site will get very popular so you need to book but its worth it.
We will be back if you dont all book it up first.
Baltic Wharf Caravan Club Site, Bristol, Somerset
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This reviewer is a couple, a tourer/motorhomer
Practical Caravan Top 100 Parks awards 2007.
This waterside site is right
in the heart of Bristol’s redeveloped docklands, making it the ideal base from which to explore this vibrant city. A river ferry links the area to the city centre with its pubs, shops and restaurants. The IMAX cinema and Bristol’s theatres are also within easy reach, as is the SS Great Britain and The Clifton Suspension Bridge. If you’d rather not take to the water,
the city is just a 20-minute walk away, while the city’s tour bus picks up from just outside in summer months.
In spite of being so close to the busy city this is a surprisingly quiet site, and its well tended grass and tall trees give a rural feel to this urban setting. Only those pitched closest to the gates will hear any noise from the road outside and the picturesque river is close by.
The site itself and all the facilities are spotlessly clean
and well kept. All the pitches
are hardstanding and level so pitching up is hassle-free. Everything is of the high standard you would expect from one of the Caravan Club’s best sites. To top things off, there’s even a very pleasant pub just around the corner.22 Apr 2007
Practical Motorhome independent site reviews Feb 2007
It is easier to approach this site from the city centre in terms of getting a large ‘van through the gates easily. However, there are roadworks in Bristol city centre so beware of traffic diversions. Works are set to be completed by October 2007.
This city-based site feels like it’s in the countryside. Although it is overlooked on one side by houses, the river creates an impression of peace. Handily,
a taxi service is available a few yards from the site entrance.
The wardens Mike and Jackie keep the site in “apple pie order”, as the visitors book confirms,
with facilities kept clean and tidy.
All who explore Bristol will be spoilt for choice, whether they are looking for fun or adventure. The Explore-At-Bristol and Wildwalk-At-Bristol attractions are inspiring, and there is an IMAX cinema. And, Bristol has more than it’s fare share of theatres and shops. An open-top bus leaves from just in front of the site.
If you have any energy left after sightseeing, shopping and exploring, you can have a relaxing drink to round off the day at the Cottage pub, just 200 yards from the campsite.
l It is only two miles from the site to the Clifton Suspension Bridge Centre. The bridge (pictured above) spans the beautiful Avon Gorge and visitors flock to this Grade I listed structure to marvel at the views. Tel 0117 974 4664. Web www.clifton-suspension-bridge.org.uk.16 Jan 2007
Practical Caravans Top 100 Parks Awards 2003
This is a city centre site within short walking distance of Bristol’s many famous attractions.
It is on the edge of the docks area and a gate allows pedestrian access to the quayside.
It is a relatively small site and has very few facilities, but it is clean and tidy and has a shower/toilet block with disabled facilities.
This area doubles as a vegetables preparation area and laundry. It is also very popular and is often fully booked, especially when special events are on in the city.
The site has 58 allocated pitches. Nine of these are on grass and unavailable during the winter months, but the remaining 49 are hardstanding gravel pitches. All of the allocated pitches have 16A electric hook-ups, are level and marked out by numbers. It is also very security conscious. CCTV is fitted and the entrance gates onto the waterside are locked . The only way to enter and exit is with a key which is issued on arrival.
For sightseeing and nightlife you couldn’t really do much better. The nearest pub is next door and there are many more scattered around the city. Moving further you can take in such attractions as the SS Great Britain, Clifton Suspension Bridge, museums and Bristol Hippodrome. The only problem you may have is of needing to negotiate Bristol city centre and possibly even rush hour traffic.
But once you have settled in you can take advantage of a water ferry to move around Bristol. This runs from the quayside next to the site, straight into the centre of the city.
1 Jan 2003