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“A lovely spacious campsite”
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Shell Island
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Tamworth, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
107 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“A lovely spacious campsite”
Reviewed August 14, 2012

My girlfriend and I spent the last weekend of May at Shell Island with three friends and we all had a great time. The campsite is lovely and spacious so you can choose whether you want to camp near the sea, which we did, or further inland. What I particularly liked about Shell Island was that there was enough room for everyone to have a good amount of space between their pitch and the next, there was no cramming in shoulder to shoulder with other campers.

The campsite is well appointed with regular ablution stations, a nice seating area for the bar/cafe/restaurant and you're never too far from the beach, which we took full advantage of. A word of caution though, it can get pretty windy at night so make sure your tent is as securely pitched as possible, I didn't get much sleep the first night because my friend's tent flap was going a mile a minute in the wind.

If you're into camping chances are you already know what a gem Shell Island is, if you don't then find out, I doubt you'll be sorry.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 3, 2012

Just got back form a loverly week in Llanbedr Wales SHELL Island What A place Had great pitch, and the veiws were amazing the site was very clean and tidy toilets were clean and showers were clean although the snack bar could do with a re vamp little bit dated, But other wise the staff are very friendly reception staff were helpfull and very pleasnt, smae goes for the ground staff helped me put my tent up as my wife has no idea, We found the beach very clean and tidy we seen ground staff every couple off hours comming down and cheeking bin and picking up peoples rubbish !! which i dont understerand why people cant put things in the bin, but getting back to shell island, Brilliant very friendly and family welcome, And cannot wait to go back in a couple of weeks hope this helps

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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manchester
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed August 2, 2012 via mobile

Me and my boyfriend stayed here for two nights last weekend. We was both pleasantly surprised by all the facilities the island has to offer and thought it was fantastic that they had a shop a camp shop a pub and a cafe. However ye cafe is very expensive and the food is not great. But it was ok for us. It filled a hole!
We went during school holidays an my oh my it was busy. I would love to go back again when it is quieter as we had to pitch up very far out. They're are many diferent types of pitches you can go for we decided to stay in the woods which was more spread out and sheltered firm the cold

  • Stayed July 2012
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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15 hotel reviews
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Reviewed July 29, 2012

This is a large camp site and is inexpensive. our family has camped here for years and other places just disappoint. There are troubles on all camp sites but the owners do their best, after all it's not them causing trouble. Ive camped and stayed in the flats and have never had any grumpy staff, all very nice....a few campers with bad attitudes but I'm reckoning that's part of their nature wherever they are.
For me it is one of the best places and one of the most beautiful.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 25, 2012

My partner and I have been to Shell Island three times now; the most recent was ten days at the start of July 2012. I have no complaint with this campsite and think it’s one of the best I’ve been to and we go to Wales at least once a year.
On reading some of the reviews below I must agree, for the biggest campsite in Europe only 8 men 8 woman showers is not a lot but I personally have never had a problem with this as we stagger when we go to the shower and ya at peak times I’m sure they get busy. This year we got a good spot near one of the chalet to the left of the shower block and found this was a good spot looking out to sea, we saw some good sunsets and a Dolphin and seals as the tide came in.
We are more natural campers in that we don’t go for the entertainment that they can provide so never went to the onsite pub or café so can’t comment on them and never had any issues with the onsite shops which provide all the essentials you need, although bought a lot of thing while out and about.
The beach is nice, a good rock pool area then a beach area which is a big beach so can find secluded spots. There are large sand dunes to amuse yourself with running up and falling down them. On walking about a mile or so up the beach we saw a sign so walked over to investigate, when my partner stated that there was a man sat on the top of a sand dune with no cloths on to which there was. Getting closer to the sign we found the sign stating that nude bathing was permitted beyond the sign which we had a chuckle about and headed back before the naked man thought we was going to join him.
We had five days on our own then drove back home for the night leaving the tent at Shell Island then returned with our granddaughter for four nights. My partner was worried about leaving the tent and the content unattended but nothing was touch while we had gone. Our granddaughter loved it especially crabbing and collecting shells which she brought a lot of them back with us.
I would recommend this campsite to families and couples and it has something for every ones wants and needs, care needs to be taken on windy days and with any campsite camping on hills or by the sea can get windy.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed July 23, 2012

Shell island was easy to find and in a good location when the road wasn't flooded.

Car park was reasonable cost at £5 for the whole day, good facilities, clean toilets.

There were less shells than expected, but we did see some cool things.

Clean beach, nice rock pools, great for kids, there were dogs on the beach so I assume dogs were aloud.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Hessle, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed July 23, 2012

This site is 300 acres, the largest campsite in europe, yet has only one shower block, and no nearly enough toilets!! It only costs £7.50 per persn in high season which is great for its location. It costs £5 for a day visit, but if you decide to stay overnight, like we did, they will take the £5 off your total cost.

You can park in any area, we parked at the left hand side. When we took a walk to the other side, near the harbour, there was a few large noisey groups. There are beach views, dunes, harbour views and more secluded areas also.

It has a main shower block near the enterance, and a main toilet block abit further along. However if you travel further into the site there are only a couple of porta loos dotted around. They definately need to spend ore money on facilities. The toilets in the middle have a sensor light, so when I went at around 930pm it was just getting dark, but not dark enough for the sensors to work. So it was nearly pitch dark inside the toilet itself.

There is a tavern, with a tv and pool table etc. They also sell take-out alcohol in here. Fairy average prices, £5.30 for a pint and a lemonade.

The 'restaurant' has a very poor selection of food and is quite expensive, £6.25 for a kids meal! They have homemade pizzas, a 9" and 12", however we noticed that they charge more for the larger size, even though its just the same sized dough, just rolled out further. So the 9" is a deep dish and the 12" is thin based!! Very basic inside - lucozade bottle used for a salt shaker for example.

Supermarket - well stocked with all basic camping food, they also have a selection of meat supplied by local butchers.
Camping shop - Everything you could possibly need for a camping trip, maybe slightly expensive. Although sells fishing items.
Gift shop - Usual beach shop items, rock, sweets, ice cream etc.

Check tide times, as the road onto the site gets cut off at certain times.

We saw a rather unsavoury incident before we left, I made a complaint through email to the site management and they took the car reg details, and were very appologetic to us.

Overall, really nice area to camp, if you get a good spot on the site, facilities not great, but would return for the views alone!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Shell Island

Property: Shell Island
Address: Llanbedr, Snowdonia National Park LL45 2PJ, Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > North Wales > Snowdonia National Park > Llanbedr
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Llanbedr
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Based in North Wales and boasting stunning views of the unspoilt Welsh countryside, including Cardigan Bay and the Snowdonia National Park, Shell Island is one of Europe's largest Campsites. Catering for all the family and with excellent facilities, Shell Island will make your camping experience one to remember. ... more   less 
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Shell Island Llanbedr, Wales

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