27 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"What a great holiday. We have 3 children 12, 6 & 3 and are big kids ourselves. Via North Sea Ferries Hull-Rotterdam it took an hours drive to get to Duinrell, it has a free theme park and water park attached to the caravan/campsite.
These were both excellent, the theme park had rides for all and were very querky, the playground too had slides and rides that I have not seen for years. The water park was busy but had enough flumes to scare the life out of you and also a lovely area for the smaller children to play.
Wassenaar was a lovely town to visit. Aldi and C1000 were great supermarkets to stock up the BBQ.
The beaches at Schenevigan and Katwijk were lovely and we also drove to Amersterdam (Park and Ride) for a massive Â£7 for all five of us!!
Go go go!!!"
- Travel date: Mon 3rd of September 2007
Brilliant Fun and Relaxing
"We spent a week a Duinrell and had a fab time. Two adults, 3 children (Girls x 2 10 years old and Boy 15). There was fun for all. We hired bikes on our first day and although a bit wobbly at first it was great fun and brilliant to get around. The theme park was really well organised and the girls were old enough to go on their own as it was a really safe environment. The indoor swimming pool was brilliant for rainy days (we had two of those) and for evening times (to tire them out) - while we sat and drank wine on the patio of our cabin - we got a cabin about 5 min walk from the main area which was lovely and quiet at night. Lots and Lots to do for everyone. The nearest town - Wassenaar was lovely and had lots of nice places to eat (would recommend eating in Wassenaar rather than Duinrell - nicer choice and cheaper) Also the supermarket in Wassenaar is much cheaper than the one on site - although it is handy for essentials. Wassenaar is about a 5 min bike ride with lots of lovely little shops to browse around. The beach is about 15 minute cycle away but absolutely fantastic if you get the weather. So lots to do and fun for all - highly recommend it for holiday with slightly older children."
- Travel date: Wed 6th of June 2007
Duinrell - Fantastic Fun!
"Just returned from a brilliant Spring Bank break at Duinrell - who cares about the weather? This site is exactly as described, a large, lively, clean, safe, efficient and mainly **FUN** getaway for those with kids and boundless energy!
Don't come here looking for peace & quiet - our camp site was surrounded on 3 sides by an excellent theme park and an even better water complex. Where most of the time the kids stroll off to play on a few swings and perhaps a small climbing frame that most sites offer, here instead they wander just 50yds to the free roller coaster, big wheel or bumper cars.
Yes, when the camp site is full you'll be packed a bit like sardines. Yes, the Dutch and Germans aren't known for being quiet when there are parties to be thrown. But will we go back? - Definitely!
The public areas, in true Dutch fashion, are spotlessly clean. For the younger ones there are characters in costume, shows, kiddies trains and plenty of tame ducks to be fed. In short, the best comparison for me is like camping inside a smaller version of Disney's Magic Kingdom.
.... and all within a hour of the ferry. Brilliant !!"
- Travel date: Tue 29th of May 2007
My 3 yr old son and I travelled to Duinr...
"My 3 yr old son and I travelled to Duinrell in Sept 2006 for a week - just after the schools had gone back.
We stayed in a mobile home, 2 bed/2 bathroom, booked through Canvas Holidays.
Cost of accomodation was around Â£200. We flew down with jet2.com from Manchester (early morning flight). Flight time was about an hour and cost was approx. Â£100.
We then took a train from Schiphol airport to Leiden and then from there a bus to Wassenaar. Ten minute walk from the bus stop to the campsite. A number of companies operate here including Keycamp and Eurocamp.
The weather was hot all the time we were there, had a great time. No problems with transport, accomodation or meals. I found that the dutch descended on the place at the weekend but during the week it was fairly quiet although, you will always encounter school organised trips around the fun and water parks.
Food, well when the little one demands chicken and mushroom, chinese it is then, there are two in town. Takeout if you wish.
I would definately recommend a visit especially if you have children, there's the water park, theme park rides etc. "
- Travel date: Wed 20th of December 2006
Old, Young And Inbetween's
"Stayed with Keycamp at Duinrell for a week in the beginning of September when the weather was lovely. Got the fast ferry over from Harwich to The Hook of Holland (3 1/2 hours) which was great although I have since heard that this service is going to be stopping shortly. Was easy enough to find the camp even with the sat nav not working. My children are 11 and 14 and they voted this the best holiday ever. Facilities are fantastic on site with the theme park and water park so saves us parents plenty of cash. Must hire out bikes or go carts, great fun. Food on site is very poor and the supermarket was over priced. The Irish bar was dissapointing aswell, no entertainment and expensive for drinks. Take a short walk into the village of Wassennar as there are plenty of places to eat. Turn left when you exit the camp site and Pancake House is just there and the food was lovely. Took our parents with us too (both in their 60's) and they enjoyed the walks in the forest and to the Wassennar beach (lovely). We only ventured out one day to Amsterdam to go to Anne Frank Museum and Dam Square, we drove and parked all day in the city centre for Â£14. I would highy recommend this camp site, it is great for familys and we would love to go back next year."
- Travel date: Wed 1st of November 2006
Just returned from Holland after the wet...
"Just returned from Holland after the wettest August in Holland for over 100 years! Stayed in Eurocamp caravan but booked through Eurocamp.NL as it was cheaper this way. My hubby is Dutch so we know all the tricks!
Campsite is brilliant for kids of all ages. Ours are teenagers and we have been on several day trips to Duinrell over the years but never camped there before. The tiki bath is free for 2 hours daily between 10am-2pm. The attraction park is also free on a daily basis. Bike hire is busy but worth queuing up for. We cycled into Leiden on day, all flat ground so not too difficult for novices. Den Haag is also worth a visit. We visited the Mauritshuis museum to see the Vermeer and Rembrandt paintings, including the amazing "Girl with a Pearl Earring", gorgeous.
Its worth walking into the town centre (5min) to one of the 3 supermarkets there, C1000, Aldi or Degros as they are slightly cheaper than the campsite supermarket. Avoid the buffet restaurant on site at all costs, its overpriced, of mediocre quality and the management are very rude. (We were told the wrong price by a waitress and when we questioned the bill they were rude and arrogant - we were very upset).
The Verona caravans by Eurocamp are fine, I'm not really cut out for camping so Iâm not giddy with excitement about them but that's just me! Take warm PJ's as it gets chilly at night if thereâs no heat wave!
Thereâs a great Greek restaurant called Olympia in Wassenaar that do the best Souvlaki ever.
Thereâs an "Irish" pub on site that's downstairs under the restaurants and supermarket. It's a bit grim to be honest but the kids love it.
All in all its a great site for kids but I wouldnât like to go there for my main holiday."
- Travel date: Fri 1st of September 2006
"We discovered this campsite when we visited the theme park for a day last year. My husband is Dutch so we go to Holland regularly and fancied a change from staying with relatives. I booked through the Eurocamp.nl as the English Eurocamp was much more expensive (typical rip off Britain!) and booked the stenaline ferry crossing seperate. The campsite is enormous and well spread out. There are many different tour operators offering different types of accommodation, from tents and caravanns to villas. You can also take your own tent or caravan. While you are staying there you all get free access to the theme park and 2 free hours a day swim time in the waterpark between the hours of 10am-2pm. It is a kids paradise, our teenagers loved it. The weather was awful, it was the wettest August in 100 years! Weather permitting though you can hire bikes on site... be warned you have to peddle backwards to slow down/stop! There are many cycle paths to follow, well signposted. We cycled to Leiden, well worth a visit and a good shopping street!
It is a 5 minute walk into Wassenaar. There are 3 supermarkets in Wassenaar and they are cheaper than the Duinrell supermarket. There is a Greek restaurant in Wassenaar called Olympia that serves the best souvlaki ever. The pancake house just outside Duinrell wasnt our favourite, drive a little further out for a better choice of pancake at the Pannenkoeken Hut.
We were NOT impressed with the buffet restaurant on the campsite at all. The food was mediocre, the soup tasted burned and there was limited choice. We asked the waitress the price before eating and she told us it was E12.95 pp however when we came to pay they charged us E17.95pp and would not back down when we explained that the waitress had misinformed us. This really annoyed us and we advised everyone we met about the appalling way we were treated. Other than that we were really happy and think Duinrell is fantastic value for money. There is plenty to do both inside and outside the park. Take warm PJ's though, it gets cold at night!"
- Travel date: Thu 31st of August 2006
We have 3 children aged 11,13 and 15. Th...
"We have 3 children aged 11,13 and 15. They all had a great holiday, and so did we. If youâre a big kid and young at heart, you will love the rides at duinrell, my favourite was the toboggan run. Swimming pool is good with lots more good rides. My only disappointment was that the outside pool wasn't open due to bad weather, so not that good if you just want a swim.
If you hire bikes after 12 o clock, you can keep bikes until 4 o clock next day. Would recommend cycling to Leden, ( super market on Saturday, very pretty lots of canals) Cycle path all the way to town centre, took us about 40 minutes. If you choose to go on a boat tour, donât go on a boat with a glass top, as it restricts your view.
Children enjoyed high robes course and archery which is at the adventure centre in the amusement park, was very good value and staff very friendly and helpful.
Wasanaar village is only ten minutes walk from site and is quite quaint.
Beach at wasanaar is beautiful, we cycled there (cycle path all the way) which took about 20 minutes, but there is a bus.
Duinrell is a great place, my husband loved it as he didnât have to drive the car all week.
- Travel date: Sat 26th of August 2006
well worth a visit
"Just got back from a week at Duinrell, Wassenaar, Holland. We stayed in a Canvas 3 bed caravan, had a brilliant week. Kids have so much to do, swimming, theme park, hiring gokarts, bikes. The fun is endless, superb pancake house just down the road from the campsite, well worth a visit!!!!!! Would recommend this site for fun, liveliness and handy for touring. Can be a little noisy if you are near the road after the pubs shut! If you have children it is the ideal site for them and adults can relax or join in the fun."
- Travel date: Mon 21st of August 2006
our family loved it
"2 sep 06 our second trip to duinrell went last september after our campsite in interlaken was flooded we have used canvas holidays for years they were brilliant and someone in there office sugested duinrell 3 days later we left harwich for the hook of holland my 19 year old daughter emma map read left at every roundabout keep the sea to the left 35 mins later we were there our ages went from 3 to 60 and everyone had a fantastic time in the pool and theme park we agree about following reports about on site supermarket and food outlets but wassenaar had everthing one could need except as my daughter said not the sunshine of The Gambia hope this note was a littlehelp to anyone contemplating going there regards malcolm"
- Travel date: Sat 12th of August 2006
Just returned from 2 week holiday at Dui...
"Just returned from 2 week holiday at Duinrell. What a great place for kids!!. Quite safe to let my 10 & 12 year olds go off to do own thing. Although theme park closes at 6pm, there are 2 great play parks, one for younger kids & one for older kids with unusual play equipment. Here is some useful info that I could have done with before traveling (I found out the hard way) :
Swimming pool is great but changing facilities are very cramped. We found it best to get changed before going swimming. Small children/babies are not allowed in the pool without armbands on, even if being carried by an adult. You can't go out of indoor pool if you have forgotten something once issued with a ticket & buggies can't be taken inside & must be left in the buggy store outside. Don't throw away your entry ticket after swimming as you need to reinsert it to get out again.
The on site supermarket has all you need & is open 7 days a week till 8pm & is not too expensive. Remember all plastic & glass bottles have a deposit on them and can be returned into machine in supermarket for a voucher. Credit cards are not accepted on site at all. The other shops in the theme park seem to be reasonably priced & sell a variety of things such as gifts, swimsuits, water toys, sweets, flip flops etc. You can pick up snacks at coin operated booth for 1.5 euros. There is a supermarket 5 minutes walk from site in centre of Wassenaar which is open till 8pm most nights & an Aldi 10 minutes walk away.
Launderette is reasonably priced at 4 euros a wash. Dryer takes 1 euros and iron 50 cents.
If taking a baby with you, remember to take a set of reins as no highchairs appear to have any restraints fitted. Most public toilets charge for you to use them even to change baby's nappy.
Days out can be quite expensive as children are often charged at an adult rate from about age 10.
We stayed in a bungalow tent and found this to be satisfactory even with a baby but we were lucky to have some shade. Most of the tents had no shade at all and we arrived in the middle of an extreme heat wave.
Be prepared for the kids to get very dirty as the site is very sandy. There are no really large areas of grass to play ball games etc by the bungalow tents.
Bike hire is a must. You pay 5 euro deposit each time you hire. There is usually a long wait & we waited for 40 minutes one time only to get to end of queue & there were no kid's bikes left.
I have no complaints at all about my experience at Duinrell. I know that many people have complained about the noise at night. True, it is not the site to go to if you like peace and quiet. However, we were all so tired by night that the noise didn't really trouble us. Hope this is helpful."
- Travel date: Mon 31st of July 2006
Great place for kids
"First - getting there. Try and sail into hook of holland or europoort if bringing the car as the drive from calais takes much longer than you expect and if you hit rush hour in belgium or holland you won't like it!
Once there, don't bother with the onsite restaurants/bars or the supermarket as they are all overpriced and poor quality. The village of wassenaar is five minutes walk away and has much better alternatives. It's also an absolutely beautiful village and well worth a visit anyway.
There is plenty to do on camp with the tiki pool and theme park and you must rent bikes and get out and about on the superb cycle paths.
Off site - you are well placed to visit amsterdam, rotterdam and the hague. We found driving to leiden (10 mins) and getting the fast cheap trains the best bet.
We got an excellent price on our holiday (stayed in a mobile home with keycamp, for british visitors you can also book with eurocamp, both of which are much cheaper than booking direct with duinrell), and wiil be returning in the next couple of years.
also, a tip for you - teach your kids how to say please and thank you in dutch...the local people semmed to love it and the kids kept getting free ice creams!!!"
- Travel date: Sat 10th of June 2006