Boat Trips – Swanage and Beyond

April 23rd, 2018

Boat trips and cruises offer the best way to relax and see an area from a different point of view. Imagine the sun glinting off the waves as you chug along the Jurassic coastline, taking in views of some of the most picturesque areas in the country. Whether you’re popping across to Poole Quay or visiting Brownsea Island there’s so many boat trips Swanage has to offer. With so much choice within a stone’s throw of Ulwell Holiday Park – here are five of the best. Welcome aboard!

City Cruises

With City Cruises you are spoilt for choice. They provide a range of trips from different departure points that allow you to see as much of the area as possible. From Swanage Pier you can either take the 2 hour Jurassic Coastal Cruise or travel to Poole Quay in style on the Poole Day Cruise.  With many boat trips that  run throughout the year so you can really take advantage whatever the season.

Hop aboard from: Poole, Swanage or Bournemouth


Brownsea Island Ferries


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Whether you’re taking a trip to Brownsea Island to visit the red squirrels, want to visit Swanage Bay or fancy a jaunt down to Wareham, these distinctive yellow boats are just the thing. A much-loved part of local history, Brownsea Island Ferries have been showing off the sights of the area for over 100 years – so you’ll be sure to learn a thing or two along the way.

Hop aboard from: Poole Quay or Sandbanks

Prices: Adults from £7, children from £5, family tickets available. See full tariff.

Booking: Tickets can be purchased from Yellow Kiosk on Poole Quay (BH15 1HJ) and Sandbanks (BH13 7QN) or call 01929 462383


Wareham River Cruise

Wareham River Cruise

This wonderful leisurely trip from Poole to Wareham takes 3.5 hours, including a stop off to explore Wareham. When moored, you’ll be able to visit boutiques, galleries, bistros and pubs and even the only Saxon church in Dorset. With refreshments available on the boat, this is the ideal way to unwind in the sun. Greenslade Pleasure Boats also run Poole Harbour and Swanage Cruises, a Brownsea Island Ferry as well as seasonal specials such as Fish ‘n’ Chip Suppers and Fireworks Cruises.

Hop aboard from: Poole Quay

Prices: Adults £13, children £6.50 (family tickets and seniors available too)

Booking: Available online here


Swanage Sea Fishing

boat fishing rod and reel

If you’re looking for a boat trip with a difference, why not head out on a charter fishing boat? As well as getting a different view of the Jurassic Coast you’ll have the opportunity to catch yourself something tasty for tea. Fishing is great fun and the friendly team at Swanage Sea Fishing have a range of trips on offer, with something to suit younger family members and those that haven’t fished before.

Hop aboard from: Swanage Harbour

Prices: Prices start from £15 for a 1.5 hour mackerel fishing trip.

Booking: Contact Swanage Sea Fishing via the form on their website

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.

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    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.

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

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    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

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    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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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.


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