27 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Fun filled holiday
"My husband, my 2 year old and I stayed with Eurocamp at Duinrell for 5 nights. As soon as we arrived, I instantly regretted not booking a week! This was used as a stop-over holiday from traveling somewhere else to Calais. We made the right decision! The camp is approx 3 hours from Calais. Anyway, the camp is massive with the theme park and Tikibad (water park) situated in the middle of the camp. The theme park is free to residents but the Tikibad is 3.5 euro for 2 hours which is a bargain! There seemed like lots of rides for the older kids to go on but we did struggle to find suitable rides for our two year old. There was plenty of play parks for her to play in so she was happy. The shop on camp was well equipped but we used the local supermarket in the town and restaurants there. We also made a visit to the beach which was great (5 euros to park all day). We went into Amsterdam and used the park and ride at the Olympic Stadium . Google it before you go as it's not as standard as park, hop on the bus and go. We paid for 4 days WIFI use on the camp which was 18 euros. This can be bought in the shop on camp. Overall, we had a great time and I would most certainly return when my little one is a bit bigger. "
- Travel date: Fri 25th of July 2014
"Weve just come back from a midweek break in Duinrell Holland.
My husband,myself and my father in law,so no children.
We still had a great time and it was a lovely experience everyone is so helpful and friendly.
The accomadation was very clean and stocked with every thing that we would need.
It was the end of the season so it wasnt busy at all and we were able to go on all the rides without queueing. The tiki bad pool was lovely,so much to do there were always lots of teenagers in there,but they were not a problem at all.
The drive was long we went from folkstone to calais via the tunnel ,so a long drive once we arrived in France 3.5 hours. Road side eateries and petrol stations were very easy to get on and off.
The little town near the park Wasseneer was a real treat,very quaint with nice cloth shops,places to eat and drink etc
We would go again but we would fly over and use a bike,because the cycle routes are so good. "
- Travel date: Thu 6th of October 2011
Another brilliant holiday at Duinrell
"Just back from our 4th successive trip to Duinrell with our little girl who is now 7. We travelled from Harwich to the Hoek van Holland via Stena ferry and stayed in a Duingalow. The park has always been good, and it was only this year we ventured to the nearby and very beautiful Wassenaarslag (beach) as there is so much do and see on the site.
Duinrell has really upped its game with promoting their multi-lingal entertainment team into mini celebrities, encouraging the children to collect all their autographs.
Duinrell is still low-key - a mix of a holiday park, amusement park along the lines of Pleasurewood Hills and their brilliant and constantly improving indoor water park - the Tikibad.
We will be booking up for next year. "
- Travel date: Fri 3rd of September 2010
highs and lows
"After taking the Dover - Calais ferry, it is about 3.5 hours to the park. Once you get round Rotterdam and get close to Den Haag, Wassenaar / Duinrell is clearly signposted so no drama in finding the park.
Stayed in a Duingelow which was situated very close to the reception. Had most things one needed, except for a "normal oven" which when one is self catering is a big miss. There is a combi microwave, but when you are feeding a family of 4, food preparation has to be done in shifts. Otherwise, they seem fine with everything you need. There is a TV which provides 2 Dutch channels, but you are able to purchase something called smoothie TV for 18 euros for the week which gives access to amongst others BBC1 & 2, sky news and ceebeebies.
The park is well maintained and on the whole the staff are friendly and polite. The pool is very much aimed at adrenalin junkies as it has mostly "turbo" flumes. There are some lesser flumes too but the queue for these tend to be greater. Also there is little space to actually swim. The theme park covers most age groups from a fast rollercoaster to gentle rides for youngsters. On the whole the queues are never too bad, although the toboggan tends to be very popular.
Facilties wise, it has all that you need. Didn't try the restuarant on the site so unable to comment. Supermarket is fine, but a tad on the dear side. Has most of the UK papers there at 8 in the morning if you feel the need to keep abreast of news. Also, have an on site bakery which bakes fine baguettes and crossiants. Used the takeaway twice, dear and be prepared to wait 20 or so minutes in even mildly busy times, but the food is reasonably good.
Evening entertainment is a bit thin on the ground. Having 2 football mad sons, we entered both into the football comps on Sunday and Tuesday evening. Whilst they were very well organised, the quality of the football "pitch" has to be seen to be believed!!!!!. Otherwise there seemed little else on offer which caught our eye.
Wassanaar town centre is only 5 minutes walk from the park and is a lovely town. Has 2-3 supermarkets with the closest being C1000. Also there are 2-3 good eateries in the town including a very fine and reasonable Italian, although it is on the small side so booking a table maybe an idea if you go at a busy time. Further, there is a library in the town centre which has 8-10 internet terminals whould you wish to take a sneak at your mails / check the weather forecast. The site has 2 terminals and charges 15 cents a minute whereas the library charges 50 cents for 10 mins.
The only 2 times we left the park were to go to the beach, about 2-3 miles away. Nice enough beach but not a great deal there. The other trip was to Amsterdam and this was probably the let down of the entire holiday. Took the bus to Leiden and then the train to Amsterdam, walked round for a while and then came back again. Absolutely nothing there and extremely disappointing. Also when I went to pay for the train tickets, they would only accept cash - told the only place they accept card payment is at the airport station! Bit of a porkie I feel.
Overall it was a reasonably good holiday. Would I recommend the park, yes but with 2-3 reservations. Would I return there, probably not."
- Travel date: Sat 7th of August 2010
Very happy we found this site!
"Just came back from Duinrell Campsite (keycamp). My partner, myself and 2 boys aged 2 and 7 stayed in a supertent for 4 nights, staff very friendly and helpful, site extremely clean, staff where in shower blocks all hours of the day keeping it sparkly clean, shower and wash rooms for children where great, there was even a wash room for pets! Kids never got bored and cant wait to go back, we went in theme park everyday which boys never got tired of, and water park was great fun too although they have now stopped the 2 free hours which are advertised, however under 4s go free and at 3.50 euros each its well worth it, we went in 3 of the 4 days and spent a good few hours in there each time. Tent was great if you enjoy camping, beds really comfortable, lights, fridge freezer and cooker all very useful, there is a well stocked supermarket but we took our own shopping for the full week which kept price down a lot, visit to the pancake house outside of site well worth a visit. Booking again for an adult holiday in sept as there is some lovely bars and restaurants in the town (10 min walk)and hopefully going to book may next year with other families and kids. Def a fun holiday for all and well worth the money we paid. If you have small children and not taking a push chair I would recommend hiring a pull along cart from reception area, you can take them outside of the site and we fit both boys comfortably in there for going for walks in the town, this cost about 12 euro for 2 days. "
- Travel date: Mon 24th of May 2010
"Our second holiday at Duinrell with Canvas.
Mobile home was fine, swimming pool and amusement park were brilliant.
We had children in the party of 5 families ranging from 4 to 14 and there was plenty to keep everyone occupied. Park and campsite always clean and litter free. Very few queues for any of the rides, even though we were there during school holidays.
New ride this year - the falcon - which all the kids loved. Lots of other rides, from fairly gentle rollercoaster to full on waterspin. The staff are quite fussy with height restrictions and some of the kids couldn't get on to the rides because they were a couple of centimetres too short, but I suppose that is a good sign. Also children under a certain height have to wear armbands in the pool regardless of whether or not they can swim.
We spent very little as we cooked ourselves - bbq's or in the caravan, the couple of times we ate out on site were quite disappointing, expensive and not very nice. Supermarket was adequate, there are a few better and cheaper supermarkets in the town.
The changing rooms at the Tikibad are slightly overcrowded, but towards the end of the week we found another much better changing room upstairs, plenty of room.
Visited the museum 'Naturalis' at Leiden - very good.
Other than than the kids didn't want to leave the site, and there is actually very little reason to. 2 hours of swimming followed by 4 hours in the amusement park, supper and we were all really for bed!! If the children are busy then the parents are happy. The facilities on site, such as the play areas and obstacle course etc are open all the time, so even after the rides shut, there are plenty of things to keep the children happy.
Would recommend this park to anyone with children or teenagers. Not exactly relaxing, but days jam-packed with rides and slides. Brilliant. "
- Travel date: Mon 12th of April 2010
What a holiday!!! The weather wasn't pa...
"What a holiday!!! The weather wasn't particularly good but there was plenty to do even in the rain. The theme park isn't particularly big but has plenty to keep the young ones occupied even my 1 year old!!! The facilites are clean and well maintained and the pool with all the slides is excellent. There is limited family changing facilities and people do walk in as you are changing.
There are no facilities to change travellers cheques you have to travel to either Leiden or Den Haag as there is only one company who provides this service hence a lousy exchange rate and a hefty commission (nearly 12 Euros for Â£300 in Travellers Cheques). Prices are expensive in Wassanaar and on the site. We shopped at Aldi and C1000 the local supermarket but again these were not particularly cheap.
If you travel on the Connexion bus service ask for the Family Day ticket which costs 10 Euros for daily travel anywhere with this company. One bus driver charged us 8 Euros each way to go to Den Haag.
I wouldn't use Eurocamp Independent again as you could book direct with the site or via the Caravan Club and save nearly Â£400. The Eurocamp reps were of no use whatsoever as they kept referring us to the main reception even to book in when we arrived. They also stated that there were no facilities to bathe our 1 year old but a quick walk around the site located 2 brand new buldings with large child washing facilities (Durinell Brochure states these were built in 2007).
The ferry crossing with P & O was again excellent as the service provided by all staff was exemplary. The cabins were complete with towels, bedding and toiletries although you will need a tootbrush and toothpaste. Book your onboard meals before travelling as this will be cheaper. The buffet dinner (curries and carvery are part of the menu) is very good as is the breakfast.
Overall the site is fantatsic our children have returned home wanting to sleep for England."
- Travel date: Sun 24th of August 2008
Duinrell Is An Excellent Resort For All...
"Duinrell Is An Excellent Resort For All Members Of The Family. You Will Never Get Bored And I Strongly Reccomend It To Anyone In Need Of A FUN Holiday! "
- Travel date: Fri 4th of July 2008
Having stayed at Duinrell every year for...
"Having stayed at Duinrell every year for the past four years you would think we like it, and your quite correct.
You must book with keycamp for the best price. If you go may or September you can have 3 weeks for about Â£450 per caravan. Thats for a Villa Grand with two bed rooms and two bathrooms. Sleeping 6. Including your ferry travel.
Euro camp is a lot deared for the same holiday. They charge per person.
We pay a little extra and go from Portsmouth. You have everything you need on site for children. You will have a gas barbi as well as all mod cons in caravan. All free. Never had trouble with noise at night. Maybe its to do with where the vans are sited. Each company as its own pitches.
The villiage is 5 mins away and you can find all you need from the shops and supermarkets. Dont forget to take your bags. They dont use plastic ones. I still shop in England with my Digros bag.
Beer is about Â£3 for a grate of 24. and you pay more on the deposit charge. Dont forget to take them back for refund.
Even have the umppa pa bands playing and you can sit on lovely benches and watch the world go by.
Our ages are from 12-64. ( I'm 62). Enjoy Duinrell as much as the 12 year old.
Going back in Sept 2008. looking forwards to it..can't wait."
- Travel date: Sun 29th of June 2008
This is a fabulous family holiday. Depe...
"This is a fabulous family holiday. Depending on how you book you can bring your own tenant/campervan, stay in a site tent, varying degrees of comfort caravan or in Duinrells very own Duinhostel or one of the Duingalows. Included in the cost of your holiday is the theme part suitable for the hyperactive toddler right upto your beer swilling teenage son. The pool is excellant with plenty of slides to thrill the family adrenaline junkie. For the more athletic, there is an adventure type thing where you can do archery and climb through the trees on ropes. The local town of Wassenaar is literally across the road with an Aldi and the local high street supermarket and a market on a Tuesday,so you dont have to pay over the odds at the site convenience store if you dont want to. Because this is a family site, the entertainment is mostly during the day so there is nothing to do at night except go to the Irish Bar in Kikkertuin, so you can drop in on your neighbours for a few drinks and a laugh at night which after the day you'll probably have is all you'll be fit for anyway! We've stayed in a 6 berth tent, two different caravant types and are going back this year to stay in a Duingalow, cant wait!"
- Travel date: Tue 20th of May 2008
"We have just returned from a 2 week holiday to Duinrell and had an amazing time!
Myself (26) and my boyfriend (25) booked through Keycamp and flew from Liverpool to Amsterdam.
We flew from Liverpool to Amsterdam Schiphol with Easyjet. Managed to get some special offer seats for Â£9.99 - with taxes etc it worked out at about Â£50 return per person. The flight was just under an hour and couldn't have been any better really!
From Schiphol, we caught a train to Leiden - the train station is actually in the airport so really easy to find. The train to Leiden cost 5 euros per person and took about 15 minutes. At Leiden we caught a taxi from the rank outside, asked the guy to take us to Duinrell. He dropped us right outside the Keycamp reception which was very handy! The taxi journey took about 15 minutes and cost 29 euros.
It's also possible to catch a bus from Leiden for about 6 euros for 2 people. However it drops you about a 10 minute walk from Duinrell and if you are not sure where you are headed, a taxi may be a better choice - especially if you have suitcases!
Alternatively, on the way back to the airport we caught a bus to Den Haag and then got the train from Den Haag to Schiphol.
It's probably simpler to just hop a taxi from Leiden on your way to Duinrell, then when you are more familiar with the area and the buses, use public transport to get to the airport on the way home.
Duinrell itself was brilliant! There's the amusement park, the waterpark and the Kikkertown.
Firstly the amusement park. It's absolutely brilliant for children, although plenty of fun to be had for adults as well! There's loads of novel and unique attractions that you won't find anywhere else! Such as cannon boats which pull you up a ramp backwards and then let go, you go shooting off the end and splash into the water! The park is much more laid back than places like Alton Towers. Some rides are even unmanned and you are left to your own devices!
In terms of "fast" rides, there is not a huge selection but still enough to enjoy. There's Splash which is a sort of log flume, but the 'splash' at the bottom is much bigger than usual! Waterspin is where you all sit in a line and then get twisted and swung all over the place. The Mad Mill lives up to its name,and is a version of a pirate ship except it also involves spinning round....The Kikkercoaster looks like it may just be for kids, but is actually enjoyable and goes quite fast! And the toboggan is fun, its about the only thing that had a queue but didn't take too long to get to the front.
There are a few places to eat in the park, mainly fast food but not expensive.
The waterpark - called the TikiPool - is brilliant! If you are staying onsite then you get 2 hours entrance per day for free between 10am - 2pm. If you want to go outside these hours its 3 euros 50 cents for 2 hours - absolute bargain! There are loads of slides: Cyclone and Tornado are brilliant - start of as a tube slide and then shoot you out into a huge funnel, you spin round and round and then fall out of the bottom! Moonlight and Starfright are tube slides in the dark, great fun! Bits and Flits are SUPERFAST - one of them is almost vertical at the start! Family Slide and Superslide - don't be fooled by the name, family slide starts off nice and slow but by the end you are going pretty fast! And the "death" slide which is a vertical drop into a deep pool. There;s also a wave pool and a Lazy River, and a children's section so plenty to do.
There's a snack bar overlooking the pool which you access from the pool area so dont have to get changed to go into.
Also part of the Tiki Pool is the TikiSauna. Originally we thought this was just the steam rooms that are next to the wave pool. However we were wrong! You go up the spiral staircase at the entrance to access the sauna. It costs 5 euros for 4 hours and comprises a jacuzzi, steam room, 2 saunas, and an outdoor plunge pool. There's a routine up on the wall for you to follow, if you repeat the circuit 3 times then you will be relaxed like you have never been before !! One thing to note - no swimwear is allowed in the sauna, i.e. you have to be naked. At first we felt a bit self-conscious but you soon relax especially when you realise no-one else is bothered!
Finally the Kikkertown, this comprises the Supermarket, Irish Pub, Jazz Frog brasserie, Jungle Buffet and Snack bar. The Irish pub is great, they have mini bowling which is miniature bowling alleys, great fun. There's also table football and air hockey games. At the weekends when we were there they had entertainment such as kids discos, karaoke and a casino night. The other parts of the kikkertown, I have covered below.
Wassenaar is a great little town, the town centre is literally across the road from Duinrell. There is one main street which I think is called Laangstraat which has an array of small shops, snack places, restaurants etc...
Bagel Alley is a great place for lunch or a drink, the Oranjerie is also nice.
HEMA is a kind of department store that sells all kinds, including food and also has a very cheap cafe.
There is a market on Tuesdays which is in the market square by the library (not the main street as we thought!). It is mainly food and fruit/veg stalls, but worth a wander round.
There are about 3 or 4 banks all together at the top of the Laangstraat. The ING doesn't have a foreign exchange, the ABN does. However the rates are really rubbish! So take plenty of Euros with you.
Other things to do
There is a beach in Wassenaar which is signposted from Duinrell (look for "Wassenaarslag" or something similar)
It is possible to walk to the beach which is what we did - it takes about 50 minutes ( or 2.5 hours if you try and take a "short cut"....my advice is stick to the main road and don't follow the red posts into the sand dunes!!) It was really windy when we visited the beach and quite cold but there were still a few brave people taking a dip in the water! There are a few snack bars which were closed, and a really nice restaurant which was open. It's definitely worth popping into the restaurant for a cup of tea and a bite to eat.
Getting to Amsterdam is quite easy, but can be expensive. There's no direct bus, and no train from Wassenaar so the best option is to get the bus to Leiden which costs about 6 euros return for 2 people. Then the train from Leiden to Amsterdam costs 14 euros return per person. So its about 17 euros per person to get to Amsterdam, works out about Â£11/12 and takes about 40/50 minutes.
However! If you go on a weekend, there is a bus that comes into Duinrell and takes you to Amsterdam.A day ticket costs 10 euros and covers 2 adults and up to 3 children. The only drawback is that is doesn't drop you in the centre. It drops you in the outskirts, and you have to hop on another bus to the centre, then get the ferry across to Centraal station. No extra costs, but it just takes a bit of time.
All of the above refers to out of season - if you go in June - Aug then no problem as there are buses that go straight from Duinrell to the centre.
In Amsterdam itself there are plenty of things to do. The Anne Frank house is definitely worth a visit. The queue looks long but goes really quickly. The entrance fee is about 7 euros.
Also worth a visit is the "Artis" which is around by the Jewish quarter I think. It's a zoo, aquarium, planetarium, and museum all in one and is really good, especially if you have children, they will love it! It's not particularly cheap, about 17 euros for adults, but plenty of stuff included for the price. You could easily spend a good few hours or even a whole day here.
Also I would definitely recommend a visit to Rotterdam. Its much less touristy than Amsterdam, not as busy and easier/cheaper to get to. There's a bus that goes from down the road from Duinrell to Den Haag, then hop on the train from Den Haag to Rotterdam. Takes about 40 minutes and costs about 10 euros per person. Rotterdam is the place to go for shopping - there are endless shopping streets and shopping centres/malls. Don't miss V&D which is a huge department store spanning about 6 levels, it sells absolutely everything, and you could easily pass a good few hours just in here! There's absolutely hordes of places to eat, all the usual fast food, loads of Chinese restaurants, Japanese restaurants, italian....We didn't stay late enough to sample the nightlife but there were plenty of bars and clubs and it seemed like it would be quite a lively place at night.
We stayed in Keycamp's Supernova 29 mobile home which sleeps 7 - so for the 2 of us there was plenty of space! There was a double bedroom, a twin bedroom with bunk, a shower, a toilet, a kitchen and lounge. For 7 people it would probably get a bit crowded, but for 2-4 people it's ideal. You have to take your own sheets towels and pillowcases (or can rent them from keycamp for about Â£14) but you get all the other essentials such as kettle, pans, cutlery etc...Oh yes, you need to bring your own toilet paper as well!
We found the caravan really comfy and cosy and it felt like home after no time at all!
Food / Eating out
The facilities in the caravan made it really easy to prepare our own food which was a nice change! There is a large refrigerator and also a freezer so plenty of storage space for food.
The Duinrell supermarket on site is large and well stocked. We had read reviews saying that it was overpriced but we found it to be very reasonable. Compared with the supermarkets in wasenaar, it is more expensive, but for convenience it is well worth a visit. It is open till late as well which was very handy when we first arrived.
C1000 in Wassenaar is probably the best supermarket, has a wide range of products and is very cheap. To find it, you turn left off the main shopping street and then left again, and it's on the second main road.
Aldi is very cheap, a bit harder to find. If you find the town map which is down the side of HEMA I think, then look for Dominos pizza and Subway - Aldi is opposite these.
There are plenty of places to eat out, in Duinrell itself and in Wasenaar.
In Duinrell there is the Jungle Buffet, the Bistro, the snack bar and the Pizzeria.
We only went to the Jungle Buffet, it cost 19.95 euros per person which we thought was slightly overpriced. The food was nice, but there wasn't a huge selection.
In Wassenaar, there are plenty restaurants to choose from.
Don't miss the "Mie-Li" Chinese restaurant. We ended up going there twice, it was that nice! I definitely recommend the Chinese Fondue - you get a huge wok of boiling water on your table and a platter of raw meat, fish and vegetables which you then cook yourself and eat with a choice of 5 sauces. Delicious!
The banquets were about the same price in euros as they are in pounds here - i.e. quite a bit cheaper.
Also worth a visit is the pancake house right next door to Duinrell. They have an unbelievable choice of savoury and sweet pancakes as well as some traditional Dutch dishes. I can also recommend the Amaretto Chocomel Hot chocolate!
The weather wasn't that great during our stay (last 2 weeks of September) We had one nice weekend when it was really sunny and hot. However we also had a few days of heavy rain. The majority of mornings, we woke up to rain but it usually cleared up by lunchtime, leaving a clear and fresh afternoon.
The weather didn't really affect us that much though. The amusement park seemed to open no matter what the weather was like, and of course the Tiki Pool isn't affected at all by the weather. It does get really cold at night though. Our caravan had heaters which warmed us up nicely, but I would recommend you take nice warm pyjamas and not summer ones like I did!
Overall we had an absolutely brilliant time, and if you are considering Duinrell for a holiday then go for it!"
- Travel date: Fri 12th of October 2007
We have just returned from a weekâs ho...
"We have just returned from a weekâs holiday in Duinrell and we were very disappointed. I can only describe it as a Little Britain - Butlins or Pontins style so if this is your thing then you will love it!
The Bad Points: Access. We took our own caravan as many people do but found there was no âwaiting areaâ in which to wait whilst checking in. We had to park in a very busy car park that was used by visitors to the theme park, which entailed manoeuvring barriers and negotiating a car and caravan around a very small area. A stressful task in itself and less than ideal in a caravan park!
Expensive. I found the pitches expensive compared to other Dutch sites and even though we had an XL Comfort caravan pitch, it was very small.
Noise! We were situated in Middenveld, which was a stones throw from the Pub and Shop and right behind the dustbins! Every evening there were youths congregating in this area doing what kids of that age do... drinking, shouting, swearing etc. We expected after 11pm 'quiet time' would be enforced but no, it was often 1am before we had quiet. Numerous complaints by other campers amounted to a half-hearted patrol by the security staff but they weren't asked to move or to be quiet. Now, please don't think I am a 'fuddy duddy' - I am only 37 and have 2 teenage girls myself but silent hours are silent hours and out of respect for everyone else on holiday, I feel this should be respected.
On-site. We found the majority of the reception staff were unhelpful, the campsite shop was very expensive though well used, as there was always long queues at the checkouts. The Buffet Restaurant was expensive, the food unpleasant.
The good points: The Irish Bar had a good atmosphere with a wonderful bowling alley though it was very busy and I can imagine during peak season would involve large queues in a very small area. The kids loved it!
The theme park itself has something for everyone and with unlimited free entry, definitely the highlight of the holiday. The water ride is highly recommended!
The Tiki Bad was impressive with very good slides though again, will be very busy during peak times.
So, to summarise, if you are going camping/caravanning abroad for the first time, want lots of on-site facilities and donât mind a busy, noisy environment then you will like Duinrell. If however, you go on holiday to have some quiet family time, where people respect other guests then this is not the place for you! It honestly felt as if our caravan was right bang in the middle of the theme park!"
- Travel date: Fri 7th of September 2007