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 as well as a dog friendly bar!

 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 lovely quiet site

    Andy Blackwell

    A lovely quiet site, nice warm amenities with good sized shower cubicles, shop not open yet as it’s too early but the local pub is ideal. Staff were very friendly and helpful. If you’re reasonably fit you can walk into Swanage but the bus service is great so why would you want to. Overall a very nice break, we will be back.

  • Super swimming pool

    Joseph Molford

    Fantastic site, we have had a brilliant holiday. Super swimming pool and changing facilities. Site really handy to get to Swanage and Studland. Will definitely return. Thanks to all the staff for a lovely holiday.

  • Excellent quality caravan site

    Peter Skrobacz

    Excellent quality caravan site, top quality, small and friendly, location fantastic. Been visiting Ulwell for over 25 years now and every year is special.

  • An amazing week at Ulwell

    Jenny H

    We have just returned back from our weeks stay at Ulwell Holiday Park with our 2 small children and dog. It was an absolute brilliant week! The site has everything you need, and more! A lovely comfy pub on site for drinks and a bowl of chips, a small shop, swimming pool, large play are with park, and the bus stops right outside.. what more could you want

  • Easter break


    We have just returned after a brilliant Easter break. Couldn’t fault anything at all and we didn’t want to leave. We didn’t visit the pub but the shop is stocked with local produce and essentials. The facilities are great and the location convenient. Our van was spotless and had everything we needed. We will definitely be back

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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
  • premier park 2020 logo

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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