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Look to Luton as a motorhome launch point

Around 30 miles from London is Luton, a small town internationally known for its huge airport. It’s also a fantastic base for the great English road trip in a motorhome. As the hub for Easyjet and Ryanair, flights from around the world arrive daily. Once distinguished for its exceptional hatmaking, only one or two hat factories still exist in the city.

From Luton, you can easily get to Southampton and Bristol if you want to be near the sea. Cambridge, Birmingham and Grantham are also reachable within a few hours drive in your campervan hire.

Overview of Luton

Day trips to the big smoke give you the opportunity to see some of the world’s most famous attractions – Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye. And if you’d rather venture into the countryside, the beautiful surrounding scenery offers plenty of space to catch your breath.

Camping spots in Luton

Town Farm Camping has stunning views over the Vale and is settled at the base of the Chiltern Hills. You can pick your own vegies and fruit in the farm and the Ridgeway Walk is only a stone’s throw away. Caddington Park is right in the centre of Luton, so you’ve got quick access to shops and amenities. On Hatters Way, it’s an easy place to pull in for the night. Of course, if you’d like a little more freedom, you can try free camping. Just remember that you won’t have the luxury of electricity, showers and other facilities of a modern campsite. You’ll need to rely entirely on your motorhome.

Perfect pub grub of the south

The city of Luton is not known for its cuisine options, but there are some delicious gems out there.

For decent pub grub try The Bird and Bush. Great burgers, crispy chips and flowing beer. The best Indian in the city can be found at Spice on Caddington. Locals often pop in and you’ll always get a warm welcome. Jerk & Peri does what it says on the tin, offering up some of the best Jamaican and Portugeuese in the city.

Enjoy a late breakfast of classic eggs benny at Hermitage Rd or head to the local farmers’ market for fresh vegetables and fruit. For a quick bite before your flight out, grab a classic sausage in bread from the Great British Sausage Company. It’s located at the exterior terminal.  And if you don your glad rags and head for the city one night, head to Wild Honey, opposite St George’s Hanover Square; Morito, a litle tapas bar; or spoil yourself at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal.

A young person’s town

The town is home to the University of Bedfordshire and the 24,000 students that attend. This brings a younger culture to a small town that could easily feel very sleepy. The town is very multicultural and this is most obviously expressed in the food options.

Perfect for a Sunday drive

In the wider area of Bedfordshire there are many areas of natural beauty, including parks, gardens and nature reserves. Go for a meander in the countryside around Luton. The Clappers – a wooded hill near Streatly - is a good place for a walk and to forage for mushrooms. Dunstable Downs also have an attractive outlook and are great for strolling and flying a kite!

Stockwood Discovery Centre is a great little museum with plenty of interesting exhibits. It also has sprawling gardens that are perfect for picnics. There’s a maze for the kids and a cafe for a quiet cuppa.
The Hat Factory is the go-to for live theatre, live music and art. With fine food and a contemporary bar, it’s the place to be seen in Luton.

Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw used to live in Luton and his house at Shaw’s corner is a National Trust property. The rooms inside have been left pretty much as they were since his death in 1950. You can have a look through the garden and his writing hut, too. Someries Castle just near the airport is well worth a look. The name somewhat exaggerates the property, as it was actually a fortified manor house, but the ruins are still impressive. It was built in the 15th century and was one of the first brick buildings in England.

Great weather on a good day

Like London, Luton is more often than not slightly overcast, if not drizzling, and because of the Chiltern Hills it can be one to two degrees cooler. When the sun comes out however, you’ll see the locals in short sleeves despite the temperature. Flights coming into Luton can sometimes be suspended due to mild snowfall. June to August is the best time to visit.

Which motorhome do I choose?

Amber Leisure offer genuine low rates on motorhomes, with a range of 60-plus vehicles to choose from. They are an established name in the UK.

McRent is billed as Europe’s largest motorhome rental company, and you can see why with the huge range of campers on offer. These campervan experts combine luxury with a cost-effective deal.

Pure Motorhomes UK is another huge brand name in the industry, with locations throughout the UK. Pure’s Luton depot is conveniently situated at Unit 1, Airport Executive Park. 


Handy tips for your RV UK road trip:

  • Remember to drive on the left-hand side of the road.

  • For as little as £30 per day, you can get a two-berth camper. As they get bigger, so will the bill. A modern six-berth camper with a shower and loo starts at around £70 per day.

  • Check on your rental contract if free camping is allowed. Some companies prohibit this.