Camping Ratings

AA Pennant Ratings

The accommodation ratings on ExploreUK use the AA's pennant system. Pennants indicate that an establishment has been visited by a qualified AA inspector.

The AA Caravan and Camping scheme classifies sites from one to five Pennants, with one being the simpler sites while those with five have more facilities of a higher quality. A further quality percentage score is given and indicates levels of customer care, hospitality and so on.

Platinum pennants indicate five-pennant sites that score over 95%.

Gold pennants indicate places which score 90% and above in each rating.

Black pennants indicate the standard of facilities at the site.

AA-rated sites pay an annual fee and receive an unannounced annual visit from a qualified AA inspector. All rated sites must meet a minimum standard and must be licensed by the local authority. They must also satisfy local authority fire regulations.

Criteria include the number of pitches per acre, what percentage of these are allocated to touring caravans, requirements for washrooms and toilet blocks and so on.

Many sites are either caravan or camping sites, often both, but the pennant rating is also given to the following places.

  • Holiday Centres: these offer a wide range of on-site recreational facilities, entertainment, and eating options. They have room for touring caravans as well as static or rented accommodation, and a maximum of 25 pitches per acre.
  • Holiday Home Parks: static-only sites with caravans, chalets or lodges for hire. They also offer a wide range of recreational facilities, entertainment, and eating options
  • Glamping-only sites: these sites offer a different experience to the standard touring with caravans, motorhomes and tents. You might be able to sleep in a yurt, a vintage caravan, a bell tent or a wooden pod, for example.

To find out more about the camping schemes, please email [email protected]