7 Reasons Why Ulwell is One of the Best Campsites in Dorset

July 5th, 2019

With miles upon miles of unspoilt views and some of the prettiest beaches in the country, it’s unsurprising that Dorset is one of the most popular camping destinations in the UK.  We think that Ulwell Holiday Park is one of the best campsites in Dorset. Here’s just 7 reasons why… 

1. Excellent location

 ulwell cottage caravan park swanage

Ulwell Holiday Park boasts stunning views across the Purbeck hills and towards Swanage Bay. Our picturesque site affords visitors a quiet place to relax and unwind, whilst enjoying the tranquillity of the Dorset Countryside. Despite its rural location, Ulwell is conveniently located for enjoying a number of nearby attractions, including Durlston Country Park and Arne Nature Reserve. Swanage’s award-winning blue flag beach and bustling town centre are just a short drive, bus journey or 30-minute walk away.

2. Dog friendly


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We welcome all members of the family to our Swanage Holiday Park, so there’s no need to leave your four-legged friend at home! Dogs are allowed on our camping and touring pitches as well as a selection of our holiday homes. There are numerous scenic walks nearby, many of which can be accessed from the site. There are also a selection of dog friendly beaches within easy reach of the park, providing a choice of places to cool off on a hot summers day. Ulwell Holiday Park offers some of the best dog friendly accommodation in Swanage!

 3. The Village Inn

village inn restaurant

Our onsite bar and restaurant, The Village Inn is the ideal spot to enjoy a delicious meal after a busy day exploring the local area. The Village Inn has recently benefited from a complete refurbishment, which boasts a luxury nautical interior, a tasty menu crafted using locally sourced ingredients and a well-stocked bar. The relaxed atmosphere makes for a great dining experience, whether you’re looking to enjoy a quick lunch or 3-course meal for two.

4. Family friendly

children on swing in ulwell playground

There’s plenty to keep little members of the family entertained on our family friendly holiday park. Children will love the extensive outdoor play park, which features a large climbing frame, slide and swing! There’s also an indoor heated swimming pool, separate toddler pool and a waterslide, which will provide hours of family fun and laughter during your stay.

5. Spacious camping and touring pitches


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Our grounds team work hard throughout the year to ensure that our holiday park is immaculately clean and tidy. Visitors often remark on the high standard of our shower block and the attention to detail across the park. Our touring pitches are level and extremely spacious, meaning there’s plenty of room to spread out.

6. Friendly staff 

waitress at the village inn serving customers

At Ulwell Holiday Park we pride our self on our high levels of customer service and endeavour to make sure every guest experiences a warm welcome and enjoyable time on park. We are family run and have been in business for more than 50 years, which means we have a wealth of experience in all things Swanage! Our friendly team are on had throughout the duration of your stay and can provide a wealth of local knowledge and suggestions of places to visit and things to do.

7. Wonderful facilities

swimming pool at ulwell cottage caravan park

In addition to a delicious restaurant, play park and swimming pool, guests can enjoy a range of excellent facilities across the park. Our onsite shop serves a selection of freshly baked bread and pastries as well as all of your everyday essentials. Guests at Ulwell Holiday Park can also benefit from free WIFI across the park, enabling you to stay up to date during your stay.


What our guests say

  • A gem of a place

    Sandra, Winchester

    What a find. I almost don’t want to tell you about it.

    It’s a family park with lovely, mostly new, fresh, clean spacious caravans – all set out almost in steps on the side of a small hill. The larger hill rises behind you, the sea spreads out in front and the swimming pool beckons behind the bar.

    The people are friendly, the site is clean and welcoming and the scenery unbeatable. It’s a gem of a place.

  • Always my no.1 choice when visiting Swanage


    Always my no.1 choice when visiting Swanage. A truly wonderful location, lying under the stunning Ballard Down and surrounded by beautiful countryside. Being only a 10 min walk from Swanage and the coast means it’s conveniently located for all amenities.

    The staff are always very helpful to sort out any problems and keep the site in fantastic condition. A 5-star park.

  • Friendly, clean & well kept

    Cheshire, UK

    Stayed here as a base to tour Isle of Purbeck and go on to Air show in Bournemouth. Not the cheapest site but definitely the cleanest and well thought out.

    Swimming pool , shop and pub/restaurant all in proximity and well kept/stocked. Bus stop right outside entrance. Grass pitches have plenty of space and well drained with shower blocks water/ drain points really handy.

    Will definitely be using this site again.

  • Lovely weekend

    Tina, London

    We have just returned from a lovely weekend caravanning at Ulwell Cottage Caravan Park.
    Lovely clean site with indoor heated pool. We went in the pool around 5pm and were the only ones in there (apart from life guard) it was lovely and warm and clean.

    We walked to old Harry’s rock and then Down into Swanage itself and had fish and chips and an ice cream.
    Staff on the site were helpful and friendly. Lovely stay.

  • Our second, lovely Christmas at Ulwell

    Jane P, Cheltenham

    After the success of Christmas 2016 at Ulwell, we returned again for Christmas 2017 and had another great time. Lovely warm caravan, peaceful and relaxing on site and a fantastic carvery on Boxing Day at The Village Inn.

    Thanks to all staff who were working and made sure we had such a great break away.

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We are currently at an amazing 4.5 score at TripAdvisor, based upon 200+ reviews from verified guests.

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Proudly associated

Over the years the family has developed the park to award-winning standards and in a style which compliments its surroundings.

  • Camping and caravanning
  • AA
  • British Holiday & Home Parks assocation
  • Poole Tourism
  • Visit Britain

Finding us


From Bournemouth via the Sandbanks chain ferry and following the B3351 into Swanage.

From Wareham using the A351 into Swanage, turn left along the seafront towards Studland.


The park is situated on the main bus route from Bournemouth to Swanage.


1 ° 58’ 16” West, 50° 37’ 34” North



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