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Motorhoming in Britain: Everything you need to know

Lake district
Lake district

Beautiful coastlines, stretched landscapes, romantic villages and buzzing cities. Great Britain has got it all! If you take your motorhome on a tour around Great Britain you'll have plenty of places to see. Want to hike through the countryside? Drive your motorhome to the Lake District, England's largest national park! Prefer a romantic tour? Drive your motorhome along the sites of Cotswald! And how about the rugged coastline in the south?

Immerse yourself in ancient myths, wild nature and whisky in Wales and Scotland. Travelling to Scotland or Wales with your motorhome? Drive to the impressive islands such as Skye and Jura. Go in search of the Loch Ness monster and enjoy the rugged landscape with many estates and castles.

Want to know what the rules are when travelling around Great Britain with your campervan? Then keep on reading.

Dorset coastline

Dorset coastline

Stanton, Gloucestershire

Stanton, Gloucestershire

Spending the night with a motorhome in Great Britain

Are you travelling to Great Britain and looking for a place to sleep with your motorhome? On Campercontact you can choose motorhome sites or motorhome stopovers. In addition, if you have permission from the landowner you are allowed to camp freely.

UK emergency number

Ambulance, police, fire brigade: 112 or via 999

Mandatory to bring to Great Britain

It is not mandatory but always smart to make sure you have a safety vest, warning triangle and fire extinguisher in your motorhome. However, please bear in mind that a hazard triangle is not allowed on British motorways, just use your hazard lights for this.

In addition, an ID card is no longer sufficient to travel through Britain, so make sure you always carry a passport. For the latest travel information check the central government website.

Roads and traffic in Great Britain

Speed limits in Great Britain

The speed limits in Great Britain:

  • Within built-up area ≤ 3.5 tonnes: 48 km/h
  • Inside built-up area > 3.5 tonnes: 50 km/h
  • Outside built-up area ≤ 3.5 tonnes: 96 km/h
  • Outside built-up area > 3.5 tonnes: 80 km/h
  • Motorway ≤ 3.5 tonnes: 112 km/h
  • Motorway > 3.5 tonnes: 96 km per hour 
  • Fine indication for speeding varies between €115-1,149.   

Toll in Great Britain
On most motorways in Britain, you do not have to pay toll. Here are the tunnels, bridges and motorways where you have to pay toll. Note: For the Dartfort Thames Tunnel and bridge, toll must be paid in advance or afterwards online.

Winter camping in the UK

Winter tyres under your motorhome are not mandatory in Britain. The use of snow chains is allowed.

Environmental rules in Great Britain

There are a number of environmental zones in London, Norwich and Oxford. On this website, you can find all the information about London's low-emission zone. In addition, more and more cities are getting a clean air zone that you can only enter with your motorhome if it is Euro-6 compliant. Check here for more information.

Reporting changes?

The information on this page is checked regularly. However, it is possible that regulations have changed in the meantime. All information on this page is therefore under reserve of possible changes. Have you discovered an error? Please let us know via our contact form and if necessary we will adjust it as soon as possible.