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Discover more about caravans in the UK.
Caravanning is an increasingly popular option for people looking to take their holidays within the UK. This booming industry contributes more than £6 billion to the UK economy every year and employs around 130,000 people. It’s part of the growing popularity of staycation holidays, as people look to save money while enjoying the convenience of a home on the move.
- There are over 1 million leisure caravans in use in the UK.
- More than 2 million people take holidays in caravans and motorhomes every year.
- Nearly 65 million nights were spent camping and caravanning in Great Britain in 2018.
Number of leisure caravans by type
In the UK, there are several different types of leisure caravan. The most popular type is the touring caravan, with well over half a million in use in the UK.
|Type of caravan||Amount|
|Caravan holiday homes||365,000|
Number of motorhomes by year
Motorhomes are becoming an increasingly popular option in the UK, with the number of new motorhome registrations almost doubling between 2012 and 2017.
|Year||Number of new registrations|
Number of touring caravans in use in Europe in 2017, by country
Caravanning isn’t only popular in the UK. Many other European countries also enjoy holidaying in caravans and motorhomes. Germany has the highest number of touring caravans in Europe, with an estimated 654,000 vehicles. This is closely followed by the UK. Touring caravans are also popular in France and the Netherlands where there are almost half a million caravans in each country.
|Country||Number of caravans in use (thousands)|
- National Caravan Council
- Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency
- European Caravan Federation
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