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Explore the best of Britain with motorhome hire UK
Hiring a motorhome is one of the best ways to GoSee the United Kingdom in all its stunning glory. A country of rich culture, beautiful landscapes and fascinating history, the UK offers something for every traveller. From quaint countryside pubs to tiny coastal villages, you’ll never run out of interesting places to explore with your UK motorhome hire.
Popular motorhomes for hire in UK
The type of campervan hire you choose will ultimately depend on your pick up location, group size and your budget. Compare offerings using our sophisticated search engine, and check out our motorhome hire UK reviews to get the perspective of fellow customers.
Motorhome hire locations
The most popular motorhome hire UK locations are Yorkshire, Manchester, London, Hertfordshire, and Cambridge. Book as early as you can, especially in the peak season of summer. If you’re able and willing to travel outside the busy periods, you may score yourself an even better deal.
Cheap motorhome hire
A basic campervan will certainly get you to where you want to go, and you won’t have to miss out on seeing the best the UK has to offer. Whether you’re backpacking, or a family on a tight budget, no-frills campers will get the job done.
Luxury motorhome hire UK
If you’re looking for that bit of extra indulgence on your UK motorhome holiday, luxury RVs will deliver a taste of the good life. Get amongst the action without giving up your creature comforts.
Driving tips for your motorhome rental UK
Before you set out on a cross country road trip, get familiar with the key points about driving an RV in the UK, and what you can expect along the way.
Before you go
- Foreign visitors to the UK are allowed to drive for up to 12 months as long as they have a valid driver’s licence from their home country and are 17 years of age. Visitors from certain countries, such as those in the EU, may be able to use their home licence for up to three years. If your licence is not written in English, you’re advised to obtain an international driver’s permit.
- Many motorhomes for hire in the UK have a stick shift, which is located to the left of the steering wheel. If you’re used to driving on the right side of the road, or are inexperienced with manual transmissions, be sure to request an automatic vehicle when you book your motorhome rental UK.
- In the UK, you drive a motorhome on the left side of the road—this can present a steep learning curve for many people. If you’re used to driving on the right, then take extra care and remember to stay left when turning corners. It’s also a good idea to spend some time getting to know your UK’s motorhome, as things such as indicators, windscreen wipers and of course, the gearbox, are likely to be found on the opposite side.
The UK road system
Motorways, A Roads and B Roads
Motorways, A-roads, B-roads and local routes form the bones of the UK road network. Clearly marked with an ‘M’ prefix, these roads are controlled-access, dual-carriageway highways. Each main motorway is assigned a number. In England and Wales, you will find M1-M6, and in Scotland M7-M9. Smaller motorways which link to the main motorways are assigned a second number. A Roads are primary routes which are not motorways. The numbering system is nearly identical to that of motorways, except routes are marked with an ‘A’ instead of an ‘M’. B Roads, on the other hand, are important local routes. The numbering system is similar to that of A-roads, except they usually feature three or four digits after the letter ‘B’.
Surprisingly, toll roads are few and far between in the UK. Most are located in England and in or near London. The largest toll road is the M6 Toll, which also goes by the name of the ‘Birmingham North Relief Road’. As the name suggests, it was constructed to provide an alternative route and minimise congestion. It runs parallel to the M6 and is completely optional. The cost of travelling on this road varies depending on the time of day. To give you an idea, you can expect to pay about five and a half pounds on weekdays.
Several bridges and tunnels in the UK also incur charges. Here are some of the most popular ones:
- Dartford Crossing (Greater London)
- Humber Bridge (Kingston upon Hull)
- Mersey Tunnels (Liverpool)
- Severn Bridge (near Bristol, connecting England to southeast Wales)
- Tyne Tunnel (between Newcastle and South Shields)
In London and Durham, congestion charges apply in certain areas and certain times of the day. These are in place to minimise traffic and discourage people from driving through highly congested areas. In London, there is a designated ‘Congestion Zone’ which covers the majority of the city centre, so it’s best to use public transport if you want to avoid this charge. If you do decide to drive, you can pay online at Transport for London. In Durham, the congestion charge only applies to Saddler Street in the city centre. You can pay by calling 0191 384 6633 or by visiting ‘The Parking Shop’ on Finchale Road.
The ease of finding a parking space varies widely across the United Kingdom. In large cities like London, it can be quite a challenge, and given the size of the average UK’s motorhome, you’re probably best to use public transport for the day instead. Fortunately, in smaller towns where public transport isn’t great, there tends to be ample parking available.
Top destinations for your campervan hire in the UK
As one of the premier travel destinations in Europe, the United Kingdom has a lot to offer. From rugged coastlines and rolling hills to majestic castles and cultured cities, every trip is infused with historic charm and natural beauty. Discover them all in a UK motorhome hire one fantastic road trip at a time.
Campervan hire UK holidays on the South Coast
This region is considered one of the most beautiful in Europe, with Land’s End at Cornwall truly breathtaking. The Jurassic Coast of Dorset is a vision of crystal-blue sea and gorgeous sandy beaches, while Brighton is an incredibly pretty, cosmopolitan city, with a huge number of clubs, bars and restaurants—effectively a south coast London but nowhere near as busy. Or pop across the water to the Needles of the Isle of Wight—it’s kind of a rite of passage down south!
Take your motorhome hire UK east
An extremely popular campervan holiday destination, the beautiful rivers and countryside of Norfolk Broads hosts a variety of wildlife and pleasure-filled cruises. Deep in the southeast is the picturesque cathedral city of Canterbury, one of the most-visited UK cities. A delightful historical destination, it really is the heart of all things British.
Go west in your campervan or RV rental
Growing in popularity is the mountainous country of Wales. Perfectly built for UK campervan hire, you can scale the gorgeous Brecon Beacons in the south, or Mt Snowdonia in the north, although you’ll probably have to park the motorhome rental and take a tour. There are also fantastic youthful cities such as Cardiff and Swansea to explore. The Mumbles of Swansea are a ‘must-see’ in your campervan hire UK.
Chase the Northern lights in a motorhome hire
Hosting sporting events and international exhibitions, the likes of Liverpool and Manchester in England, and Glasgow and Edinburgh in Scotland, are world-leading cities of Europe. Cultural and musical hot-beds, these destinations are also highly regarded for their restaurants and vibrant nightlife—and the down-to-earth people are great too!
Want to tour around the world? Australia would be a perfect stop of another camper trip. Check out famous cities like Cairns, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, or Sydney in a motorhome rental. GoSee offers the best deals for you. Book now!
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How much does it cost to rent a campervan in the UK?
Motorhome rental rates in the UK will vary by time of year and availability. Use our search engine to compare rates and get an up-to-date quote.
How old do I need to be to rent a campervan in the United Kingdom?
21 is generally the minimum age required to rent a motorhome in the UK, although a number of rental suppliers will require a driver age of at least 25. Additionally, all drivers must present a current, full, and valid driver’s licence before collecting a motorhome hire.
What driving license do I need to rent a campervan in the UK?
You can rent a camper van in the UK with a standard driver’s license, but this depends on the weight of the motorhome. You can drive vehicles up to 3,500kg on a standard (category B) car licence. If the motorhome is between 3,500kg and 7,500kg, you will require a category C1 licence.
Is there a minimum rental period when hiring a campervan?
Yes, the minimum hire period for campers in the UK is usually 7 days. There are many exceptions to this depending on the time of year and availability of the campervans. Some additional restrictions to minimum rental periods over peak season travel may also apply. These policies vary among our partnered brands so it is best to check the individual terms and conditions.
Can you sleep anywhere in a campervan in the UK?
You can park your campervan or motorhome anywhere in the UK where there are no parking restrictions. Just make sure that your rental vehicle has a valid MOT and is fully road legal.
Can I pick up and drop off my campervan at different locations?
Yes, you may pick up a private motorhome hire UK and drop it off at another depot. You can collect your campervan hire in Belfast and end your trip in Greater London, Heathrow Airport, or anywhere in the UK. Be aware though that one-way rentals usually incur additional fees. Make sure to coordinate this with your supplier before going on a motorhome holiday. Choose your pick up and drop off locations on the search panel to compare rates and get an up to date quote. You may also contact us and our customer support team will be happy to assist you.
Is unlimited mileage included in my United Kingdom campervan rental?
Yes, all rentals should include unlimited mileage. You can check this in the search results when you book.
When is the best time to hire a campervan in the UK?
Whilst the most popular time to hire a campervan in the UK is during the summer months, travellers willing to tour in the colder months are often rewarded with better availability, lower rental rates, and fewer crowds.
What is the speed limit in the UK?
In the UK, distances are measured by miles as opposed to kilometres. All speed signs will refer to miles per hour (mph). On motorways and dual carriageways, the default speed limit is 70 mph, whereas on dual carriageways it’s 60 mph and in urban areas, it’s 30 mph.