Explore a piece of history at Tyneham Village and Worbarrow Bay

August 2nd, 2018

No holiday in Dorset would be complete without a trip to the beach and with so many to visit on our spectacular coastline, it can be difficult to know which to choose. Why not try something a little different this summer and head to Worbarrow Bay, where you can combine stunning sea views with the chance to experience part of Dorset’s history at Tyneham Village. Less than half an hour drive from Ulwelll Holiday Park, a trip to this forgotten village and beach will make a fantastic day out for all of the family!

Tyneham Village 

Tucked away down winding country lanes in the heart of the Dorset countryside, Tyneham Village is a small rural village, abandoned in the Second World War as part of Winston Churchill’s D-Day preparations. Today, much of the village lays empty and visitors are free to explore the relics at their leisure.

tyneham village ruins

As you wander around the remains of the once thriving fishing village, it feels as if you are stepping back into a foregone era. The school building remains locked in time and thanks to careful restoration in recent years, it is possible to see examples of some of the students work laid at the desks. As you will see many of the children’s stories and drawings focus on the abundant wildlife present in the area, which if you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of during your trip.

tyneham village farm show

It is also possible to enter St Marys Church, where exhibition boards give an insight into the lives of each of the families that called Tyneham home. Here you can purchase a Tyneham Village map, which will give you suggestions for round walks in the local area.

Tyneham Barn is also well worth a visit. Learn about the villages rich farming history and see some of the original tools that were used.

Worbarrow Bay

After a morning of exploring Tyneham village follow the signs marking the safe route through the army ranges to Worbarrow Bay. As you take the 20-minute walk, you will see heathland often rich with meadow flowers stretching into the distance. Disused military vehicles and targets can also be seen in the distance, serving as a constant but interesting reminder that the site is still in use by the armed forces.

worbarrow bay beach

Unlike many of Dorset’s beaches, Worbarrow remains a hidden gem and is often quiet even in the height of summer. Pick your spot on the white shingle beach and sit back, relax and enjoy the breath taking blue waters. If you’re feeling adventurous, the water clarity makes Worbarrow Bay an excellent spot for snorkelling and swimming. For those that find relaxing difficult, a hike up Worbarrow Tout will be rewarded with far reaching views.

A bite to eat

Neither Tyneham Village or Worbarrow Bay have a cafe on site so you will have to travel a little further afield if you are looking for something tasty to eat. On the journey back to Ulwell, why not stop off at The Square and Compass at Worth Matravers, where you can sample homemade pasties and pies as well as their renowned ciders and ales. This family friendly pub also has its very own museum, which displays a vast array of fossils collected from along the Jurassic Coast and artefacts from bronze age.


Getting to Tyneham & Worbarrow Bay

Tyneham village is located on an active firing range, maintained by the MOD. Therefore, both Tyneham Village and Worbarrow bay can only be accessed at certain times of the day. It is best to check the range is open prior to travelling to prevent a wasted journey! The village is free to enter; however a donation towards parking is suggested to help with ongoing maintenance and restoration projects.

Toilets are located at Tyneham farm just a couple of minutes walk from the village.

Warbarrow Bay is a dog friendly beach year round.


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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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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