Caravan statistics

Discover more about caravans in the UK.


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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.

Quick facts

  • 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
Touring caravans 555,000
Caravan holiday homes 365,000
Motorhomes 225,000

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
2010 7,315
2011 7,265
2012 7,734
2013 7,425
2014 8,733
2015 10,572
2016 12,332
2017 14,062

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)
Germany 654.1
Great Britain 555
France 498
Netherlands 462
Spain 330
Sweden 284.5
Denmark 137.4
Norway 115
Finland 66.9
Italy 62.8
Others 51.2
Belgium 45
Austria 37.9
Switzerland 35
Portugal 17.3
Slovenia 10.85


  • National Caravan Council
  • TNS
  • VisitEngland
  • Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency
  • European Caravan Federation

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