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From picturesque woods to golden beaches, there is so much natural beauty to explore in Ireland's Ancient East, and one excellent way to get up and close to this beauty is through camping.
As well as giving you the opportunity to get back to nature and to sleep under the stars, camping offers you an alternative way to explore Ireland this summer, as it offers a variety of price ranges to suit your budget. Visit some incredible attractions, spend time in the countryside and explore new corners of Ireland, all while enjoying the budget-friendly flexibility that comes with camping.
So, pack your tent and your sleeping bag, and check out some of our favourite camping destinations in Ireland's Ancient East. With pitching rates starting at just €6 per night, these spots make exploring Ireland even easier this summer.
Situated on a fruit farm in Co. Tipperary, the Apple Camping and Caravan Park is an idyllic location to set up camp this summer. This family-run, award-winning campsite is spacious and facilities include a full-size tennis court and a shop.
Enjoy a glass of the farm's fresh apple-juice on arrival, get settled in, explore the surrounding fruit orchids and then enjoy the local attractions. Visit Cahir Castle, ramble through Glengarra Wood, trek the Galtee Mountains, or simply enjoy time on the banks of the River Suir
Adults can stay at this campsite for just €9.50 a night, while a child's rate (up to 12 years-old) is €6.50.
Nore Valley Park in Bennetsbridge is ideal for campers looking to infuse their holiday with a bit of adventure. This family-run campsite also operates as an open farm and an activity centre, so feel free to feed the resident animals or try your hand at crazy golf or go-karting.
The nearby town of Bennetsbridge is also a great activity hub. Choose from pitch and putt, pony-trekking, fishing or pottery. If you fancy going further afield, Nore Valley Park is also a fantastic base for exploring Kilkenny's attractions. Wander the cobble-stoned streets and step back in time with a ramble along the Medieval Mile.
With pitching rates for adults starting at just €6 per night, Nore Valley Park offers campers a delightful and budget-friendly way to explore Kilkenny.
At 235m above sea level, Roundwood is Ireland's highest village, so expect unparalleled views of the Wicklow Mountains while camping at this four-star camping park. In terms of nearby attractions, guests here are truly spoiled. Visit Glendalough Park and ramble through the historic monastic settlement. Or, for a more relaxed walk, stroll through Powerscourt House, Gardens and Waterfall.
In the evenings, pop into Roundwood Village and enjoy a drink or a bite to eat in The Hollywood Inn, a pub that celebrates the history of the town, and its links to Hollywood, California.
A variety of rates for rentals are available at Roundwood Caravan and Camping Park. A small tent, for instance, starts at €36 for two people per night. You can explore all the rates right here.
Soak up the sunny southeast with a stay at The Trading Post, a family-run four-star caravan and camping park near Enniscorthy in Co. Wexford. Pitch your tent or rent a caravan at the Trading Post, and then wander the stunning nearby beach, Curracloe, which is a 15-minute drive away. Spend the day swimming or exploring the dunes, or, check out some other nearby attractions.
As well as being the ideal spot for a beach getaway, the Trading Post Camper Park is a very convenient location for visiting Wexford's best sites, including Hook Lighthouse, Ballyhack Castle, Duncannon Fort and the Irish Agricultural Museum.
Adults can pitch at The Trading Post for €6 a night, while children can stay for €4 a night.
Fancy camping in a super unique location? Book at the clifftop camping park of Dunmore East Holiday Resort in Co. Waterford. As well as this striking setting and the stunning ocean views, this camping resort is close to some spectacular blue flag beaches, the closest being Tramore Beach.
Explore the scenic beauty of Co. Waterford by embarking on the Waterford City and County initiative coastal walk and local woodland trails. Dunmore is also a haven for the foodies among us. Indulge in tasty seafood at numerous restaurants in Dunmore East, including The Strand Inn Seafood Restaurant, The Bay Café and The Spinnaker Bar.
The standard rate for a motorhome for two adults is €42 per night.
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From beautiful gardens, breathtaking scenery and picturesque landscapes, Ireland's Ancient East has plenty for you to explore this summer. Make the most of it by booking your spot at one of the many great designated campsites in Ireland.
So what are you waiting for? Now is the perfect time to plan an adventure in Ireland's Ancient East.
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