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 Cottage Caravan 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

Booking: Available here


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


Paddle Steamer Monarch

Monarch Paddle Steamer - Boat Trips in Swanage and Beyond

A relaxing trip filled with old-time elegance, the unique steam-driven paddle steamer takes you down the River Frome and beyond Red Cliff. Monarch is one of only three working paddle steamers in the UK, these trips are available most weekends from Easter onwards – you can even enjoy a complimentary cup of tea or coffee before you board.


Wareham River Cruise

Wareham River Cruise

Hop aboard from: Poole Quay

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

Booking: Available online here

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.

What our guests say

  • Great location

    Paul James

    Great location, 25 mins walk from the front and nice settings, friendly and clean site with good facilities including a good play area for the kids & a free swimming pool. On site pub and pizza. Will be back

  • Amazing views

    Daniel Hare

    Amazing long weekend spent with family in a static park home at Ulwell we had amazing views over swanage and surrounding hills and the night sky from there is picture perfect, the accommodation was everything we could of required, highly recommend Ulwell Holiday Park

  • Fantastic site

    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.

  • Lovely Caravan Park

    Simon MA

    I’ve been coming to Ulwell now for around 20 years and have always been impressed by the site. The caravans are always an excellent standard, indoor swimming pool, great on site shop and great restaurant. Have never had any problems in all the years I’ve been coming here and I’m sure will continue to spend my holidays here in the coming years. The staff are always friendly and helpful.

  • Home from home

    Cara M

    I have been visiting Ulwell for 10 years and as soon as I arrive I feel at home. This time I stayed in a caravan and was so happy with the layout and cleanliness. The shop is well stocked and sells some nice pastries. The village Inn is a nice little spot to relax and have a drink. The food is good too.

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

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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.


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