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Baltic Wharf Caravan Club Site

Cumberland Road, Bristol, Bristol, BS1 6XG

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  • Cycling
  • Dogs
  • Motorhomes

Why stay here ...

Updated 10 May 2021: We are pleased to advise that notice to vacate the site has now been extended by 4 months. We are now welcoming arrivals up to and including Sunday 19 September 2021, departing no later than 12 noon, 20 September.

The Club has been operating Baltic Wharf campsite for several years on a renewable, short term lease while the Council planned for redevelopment of the site into up to 190 new homes.

In 2017, we purchased a new location, just one mile away near Ashton Court, and we recently received a positive response from the local planning office. There are still a number of hurdles for us to get through before planning consent is granted, but we are hopeful that this new location will be approved for development into a touring site soon. We will, of course, make sure we keep you up-to-date with the latest news about this potential new campsite.

 

Baltic Wharf Club Site is a waterside haven, located right in the heart of Bristol's beautifully re-developed dockland and close to the city centre with its lively shops and entertainment. For families staying at the caravan site, great attractions include the Zoo and Downs Park: a cosy and safe place for young children to play and also an ideal picnic spot.

Many excellent cycle paths can be easily accessed from Baltic Wharf Club Site, including the Bristol to Bath path if you are feeling particularly energetic and adventurous. A selection of boat trips are available from the caravan park, which makes for an excellent way to take in some of the most scenic views in this part of the county.

Facilities on site ...

  • BBQs allowed: charcoal, gas, electric
  • Disabled facilities: facilities for wheelchair disabled
  • Disabled shower room
  • Dishwashing area
  • Drive over waste disposal for motorhomes
  • Electric hook-up
  • Gas
  • Laundry facilities
  • Motorhome service point
  • Toilet block
  • TV reception: poor
  • Wi-Fi
  • Wi-Fi charge
  • Wi-Fi rating: Bronze

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Walking notes:

A great stroll directly from site would take you around the harbour passing the narrowboat marina, S.S.Great Britain and the M Shed Museum. Continue along into the restaurant area of Bristol with a return along the opposite side of the harbour through Underfall Boat Yard.

Check out our ViewRanger walk.

 

Supermarket notes:

The closest is Asda in Bedminster, about 1 mile from the site (MH access).

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Road Closure Diversion: 

The roadworks being carried out on Cumberland Road by the local authority have  reduced access and turning space through the roadworks and directly into and out of the site:-
  • Maximum motorhome length is 8 metres
  • Maximum length for car and caravan is 12 metres (twin axle caravans will not be able to make the turn)
This is beyond the control of the Club and we are sorry for any disappointment, but please do not book if your total outfit size exceeds these lengths.

From J18 of the M5 follow the A4 Bristow Broadway towards Bristol and Airport, at the roundabout continue to follow the A4 signposted City Centre, Bristol Airport and Park and Ride. Continue on the A4 with the River Avon on your right.

After Clifton Suspension Bridge above you keep in the right hand lane towards A3029 signed Weston S Mare, Airport, Bath and Taunton, stay in the left hand lane where you will cross locks and bridges of the river, the big red brick buildings will be on your left. Keep left and take the left turn signposted Temple Meads (Rail) and Bedminster. Safestore will be on your left, continue to follow this road (A370). Road bears round to the left, petrol station on left and continue to follow road.

At traffic lights ASDA is on your right, continue straight-on staying in the left hand lane. Continue keeping left following signs for SS Great Britain and M Shed (first exit off roundabout) on to Commercial Road. Follow road over bridge and road bears round to left (building site on right) keep following this road until you come to roadworks where we are situated just after the start of traffic lights. Please enter the site with care.

Sites key: Club Site

Postcode:
BS1 6XG
GPS:
Lat 51.446966 / Lon -2.614896
Plan a route to this site
OS field ref:
ST573722
OS map ref:
172
Handbook map ref:
G4

Transport links

  • Bus stop within 1 mile
  • Buses go to: Temple Meads and Bristol
  • Car hire on site
  • Daily public Transport within 1 mile
  • Nearest park and ride: Bristol
  • Nearest train station: Temple Meads
  • Shop within 1 mile
  • Train station within 5 miles

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Sadly Goodbye

Baltic Wharf Caravan Club Site
We have stayed at Baltic Wharf many times over the years and it has always been a firm favourite. Our final trip was in very hot weather but we took our chairs out the back gate on to the wharf and watched all the comings and going’s in the harbour. We had a wonderful three days, happy memories but sad to say goodbye.

oldfields

Caravanner

Reviewed on 30/07/2021 18:33

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What a gem, glad we caught it before it closes ...

Baltic Wharf Caravan Club Site
We spent a great night at Baltic Wharf without meaning to! We'd booked a night at the Burnham on Sea site to break our journey from Cornwall to Sheffield only to have our booking cancelled due to the site being waterlogged. Not a problem, Baltic Wharf had space and we had a lovely evening wandering the harbourside walk and eating at the Cottage Inn, and a morning stroll to the very interesting Underfall Yard in the other direction before heading off home. What a shame the site only has a few more weeks open - I can quite see why there are so many heartbroken reviewers sad to see it go, and only wish we'd had an opportunity to tick off some of the other city attractions Bristol has to offer.

Debbie BT

Motorhomer

Reviewed on 19/07/2021 21:55

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A unique site

Baltic Wharf Caravan Club Site
The latest of a number of recent visits to this site.There is no other like it for proximity to such a vibrant city. Sadly it’s a minority of members that let it down.As a responsible dog owner it is mind boggling to see others allow theirs to openly c…p on the site whilst chatting to neighbours.Perhaps a prerequisite of membership should be a literacy test (for the owner) ! The wardens must be recognised and commended for their fortitude during Covid.They and the site will be missed.

John Parish

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Reviewed on 12/07/2021 08:32

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Saying my last goodbye to this lovely site: It's all about location

Baltic Wharf Caravan Club Site
I have had my last stay at Baltic Wharf, assuming no further reprieve. The major road works on Cumberland Road, with heavy machinery, are noisy. I was pitched on the penultimate row before the waterside, but the clattering and banging was still quite noticeable in the early morning stillness, but I cannot say it was a significant disturbance to me. It might disturb those nearer the road. Entering the site requires care and you can only enter and exit from and to the City side. I gather some had had scrapes, but equally some had turned up with outfits bigger than advised! 8m vans or 12m car and caravan. There is a traffic light control to exit the site. For me, Baltic Wharf is all about location, which is truly wonderful and shall be sorely missed; otherwise, the site is small and cramped and has a claustrophobic feel. The majority of outfits were motorhomes, which is just as well. Cars belonging to tuggers were, as always when I come here, parked with no discernible order whatsoever and some were closer to the neighbouring van than the caravan they belonged to. I saw one car parked on communal ground. Personally, my need for neatness and order is such that I dislike this chaos, but that is the nature of this site and one has to get on with it. The wardens were just superb; they organised the hectic arrival melee on the Sunday perfectly and had to be continually conscious of keeping the main road clear. I was very appreciative of this and also Nick’s kind visit to see that I was settled as well as their help in other ways. I walked to the location of the new site. I have seen talk about the proximity of the new site to the present site, but I wonder how relevant this is. Presumably, the point is made to promote the notion that people can still easily access, on foot, the floating harbour or places like the M Shed, SS Great Britain and even the city centre. The walk from Baltic Wharf is about 15 minutes, through not the most salubrious of parts, and some of this journey involves an uninviting, dreary, uneven, overgrown, unlit path including a dilapidated, graffiti-strewn footbridge, with slippery wooden steps, over a single line railway. Even on a warm July day it was far from a pleasant walk and, at night, it would be a scary challenge. Perhaps there are plans for an alternative or improvements. I hope so. The suspension bridge is very slightly nearer, but only to the west side of the gorge so, to access Clifton, you need a head for heights – not something I could manage. The city centre is too far to walk, there and back, for most I suggest; those without cars (or bikes) will need the bus; the Portishead buses do pass the entrance or, if you take the aforementioned grim path, you can reach the route of the Long Ashton Park and Ride. I am sure the new site will be lovely and welcomed, but it won’t be a substitute. Just a different site with different qualities. There's no doubting that the loss of Baltic Wharf, after 35 years, is terribly sad.

Graydjames

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Reviewed on 08/07/2021 17:47

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Oh, what a shame it is closing.

Baltic Wharf Caravan Club Site
Just returned from what is likely to be our last visit to Baltic Wharf this weekend. Heartbroken that it is closing. OK, its a bit of a car park site, OK there is some city noise (and some construction noise at the moment but not during the weekend) but its location, location, location. We have frequently taken our seats (and perhaps a glass of wine or two!) and sat out on the floating harbour side just outside the back gate and watched all the comings and going, little sail boats, stand up paddle boarders and the Matthew making its harbour trips. We have enjoyed the social interaction on the steps by the Cottage Inn (pre-Covid) with all its good natured fun. Doing a "lap" of the harbour is our Friday afternoon thing after we have set up for a quick weekend. This weekend we checked out the location of the potential new site. Obviously nothing compared to Baltic Wharf but its only a 10/15 mins walk from Underfall Yard so its not a total loss. Still hoping that Baltic Wharf will get another stay of execution but the journey in through the city centre due to the roadworks on Cumberland Road is just a nightmare for us. Goodbye lovely Baltic Wharf, we will miss you.

Glos1caravanner

Reviewed on 04/07/2021 17:22

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Site information

With our campsites busier than ever right now, we'd really appreciate your support with a few things to help everyone have a safe and enjoyable summer. Please be mindful of site arrival times (as they do vary), keep children and pets close by and within sight, and ensure you keep your speed below 5mph. Thank you!

All internal shared facility areas, including toilet and shower blocks, wash up areas, laundry rooms, drying rooms and information rooms will be fully open, however in order to continue to protect our staff, we will still be requiring social distancing, and the wearing of face coverings in our reception areas for the time being.

Remember, you only pay 5% VAT until 30 September 2021, then 12.5% VAT from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022 on Club campsite prices! All you need to do is book your holiday as normal, and the discount will be applied to the appropriate rate when you pay on site.

Route Diversions: Due to road closures, please do not use Sat Nav. Please see the directions provided under the 'Map' tab on this page.

The roadworks being carried out on Cumberland Road by the local authority have reduced access and turning space through the roadworks and directly into and out of the site:-
  • Maximum motorhome length is 8 metres
  • Maximum length for car and caravan is 12 metres (twin axle caravans will not be able to make the turn)
This is beyond the control of the Club and we are sorry for any disappointment, but please do not book if your total outfit size exceeds these lengths.

Please Note: Construction work on the regeneration of Bristols Western Harbour area has commenced outside of the site grounds and will continue into Summer 2021. Noise disruption can be expected in this area.