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Dorset Holiday Inspiration

Ulwell Holiday Park is a popular caravan and camping site in Swanage. It is a favourite retreat for families and couples looking to enjoy a holiday on the Dorset coast. Over the years our family run holiday park has earned an enviable reputation, with many visitors returning to the park year on year to experience our warm welcome, fantastic facilities and high quality accommodation. If you’re yet to visit our Swanage holiday park and need some holiday inspiration, take a look at our suggestions below. We outline some of favourite types of holiday to enjoy in Dorset during a stay at Ulwell Holiday Park.

Holiday inspiration

Of course, we might be biased but we think Dorset is the best place for a holiday in the UK. With miles upon miles of world famous coastline, picturesque countryside and award-winning attractions to explore, there’s so much to see and do during your stay at our holiday park.

Ulwell Holiday Park is an independent and family run site that has been under the same ownership for more than 50 years. During this time, we like to think we know a thing or two about creating memorable breaks that the whole family will enjoy. If you’re in need of some holiday inspiration, to help you craft your dream getaway on the South Coast, make sure you read the info below. Our ‘inspire’ pages have been created with you, the customer in mind, to help you plan your break at our Swanage holiday park.


Coastal staycations

Swanage Bay

Ulwell Holiday Park is set in an idyllic location, just a short walk from the picturesque seaside town of Swanage. Alongside our touring and camping accommodation we have a range of caravan holiday homes for hire. Our coastal holiday park is the ideal place to escape the crowds and visit green spaces nearby.

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Dog friendly Holidays

dog friendly camping at ulwell holiday park

Ulwell Holiday Park has a range of dog friendly accommodation on offer, including static caravans and camping and touring pitches. Our park’s fantastic location affords visitors easy access to a number of scenic dog walks and beaches.

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Autumn and winter breaks

Holidays aren’t just for summer! You can experience a memorable break at our popular holiday park in the autumn and winter months. Make the most of fewer visitors when exploring nearby beauty spots before returning to the comfort of our warm and cosy accommodation.

Find out more about autumn and winter breaks 

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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