There’s nothing like personal recommendation for finding good campsites, and especially for free places to stop in a campervan or motorhome. We’re building a list here of the best apps (Android and iOS) to help you find a place for the night while you’re on the road.
We haven’t included links here, as you’ll want to look these up in your app store rather than on the web.
Park4night – With searchable map, an ‘around me’ locator and more. Places added by users. Free version with subscription option for more features.
Wikicamps – Works offline, providing you download before you set off. Places added by users. 5,000+ UK sites. 99p.
ACSI Campsites Europe – 8,500 sites across 32 European countries. Works offline. Filter by facility. Packages for each country/region. €1.99 for the UK (580+ campsites)
Wild Camping POI – Covers the UK and France, with listings of wild camping spots, aires and motorhome-friendly pubs and water taps etc. Available to members of the Wild Camping website, but you can get a free demo to test if it’s for you.
Campmate – Find and book camping holidays, with filters for facility, pictures and directions. Free.
Campr Beautiful Camping – Focusing on lovely places with video and lots of images. Regions and sites are limited, but the app is growing. Free
Yonder – Not exactly a camping app, but a way of sharing outdoor adventures and places of interest. A way to get inspiration or an idea of what to do where you’re going. Free.
Motorhome Wild Camping – Not an app, but a lovely personal guide to spots to park up for the night, either for free or for under £10. Buy him a beer!
Camping and Caravanning Club SiteSeeker – Filter your results by location, price and on-site facilities. Available offline. Membership number unlocks certificated sites. Free, but not very popular!
The Campercontact website and app lists motorhome parking spots throughout Europe (nearly 700 in the UK), and claims to be Europe’s biggest. Add details and reviews and search by best rated or free stopovers. There’s a free trial version, but otherwise costs £4.50 a year.
Searchforsites is a web-based campsite, aire and stopover database with nearly 30,000 places listed in Western Europe and 15,000 members adding reviews and updates. Include a five-day weather map for the locations too. App available, which is great BUT no mention of cost or subscription. There should be no need to trick people with a seemingly free service that turns out to be an evaluation only. Pinches Britstop copyright info too.
Please let us know if you’ve used one of these apps – with good or bad experiences! And if we’ve missed an app we should include, please share! There’s a comment box below. You might also want to look at some of our tried and tested places.