Camping has always been a popular way to visit France, and with the 2023 Rugby World Cup taking place just over the English Channel, we're expecting bumper bookings on many campsites throughout this rugby-crazy country.
Every year our assessor team inspects around 600 sites throughout France, so if you're lucky enough to have tickets to watch your home nation playing or if you're going to enjoy the atmosphere in the fan zone, then we've got you covered. Below we pick out some of our favourite campsites close enough to the host cities to use as a base for your Rugby World Cup experience in 2023.
Make sure to book early, as we're predicting pitch availability to be scarce especially around match days, with many sites likely to impose a minimum stay period. We've also noticed a post-pandemic trend of campsites moving to a dynamic pricing model (similar to how airlines increase their seat price as the plane fills.) Expect pitch prices to be higher than you might have experienced in previous years.
Countdown to the Rugby World Cup 2023
The Home Nations - 2023 Fixtures
England play in Pool D, along with Japan, Argentina, Samoa and Chile with matches taking place in Marseille, Nice and Lille.
Wales face Australia, Fiji, Georgia and the winner of the final qualification round in Pool C; their matches are being staged in Bordeaux, Nice, Lyon and Nantes.
Scotland are playing their Pool B matches in Marseille, Nice, Lille and at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, Paris. They are competing against South Africa, Tonga, Romania and Ireland!
Also in Pool B are Ireland, who will be playing their match against Romania in Bordeaux and against Tonga in Nantes; they face South Africa and Scotland in the Stade de France.
Pool A contains New Zealand, France, Italy, Uraguay and Namibia with matches taking place in Lille, Marseille, Lyon, Toulouse, Saint-Etienne and at the iconic Stade de France.
Rob has been involved in the leisure industry since completing a BTEC in Travel & Tourism in 1993. Previous roles have included the promotion of tourism in Yorkshire and running a motorcycle touring company in the Australian Outback.
He is the General Manager at Alan Rogers Travel Group, responsible for the ongoing development of the Alan Rogers website and the publication of the Alan Rogers Guides and 'Destinations' magazine.
He regularly travels with his wife and young daughter in their Dethleffs 'Campy' caravan. A keen cycling fan, Rob can often be found in a field in Belgium during the 'Spring Classics' season or riding his Royal Enfield Himalayan motorcycle.