Ulwell PlayFamily holidays in Dorset


Stay at Ulwell Holiday Park and and enjoy our excellent on-site facilities for a carefree holiday in Swanage.  When you’re not relaxing in one of our holiday homes or spacious touring and camping pitches, get out and about to explore what the wonderful seaside town of Swanage and all that the wider Purbeck area has to offer. Our wonderful location close to Swanage town and beach affords us easy access to a number of exciting local attractions as well as various points of interest along the Jurassic Coast. Our Dorset holiday park is the ideal place to enjoy a family holiday in Swanage, whether you plan on spending your down time on park or exploring our fantastic county’s hidden gems.

Read our blog for more ideas of fun-filled days out in the Purbeck area. We give you our top tips and local knowledge, to ensure you have the very best holiday with us.

On-site family facilities

You don’t have to travel far to find something to keep you busy. There is so much to keep all members of the family entertained at Ulwell Holiday Park. We’re fortunate to have an indoor swimming pool available for guests to use free of charge during your stay. Whether you fancy swimming lengths to keep fit or splashing around with the kids – you will certainly enjoy your time in our indoor pool. Children will love the water slide and the youngest members of the family can make use of our toddler pool.

swimming pool and waterslide at ulwell cottage caravan park

We also have an outdoor adventure play park with swings, climbing frames and slide on site, alongside a spacious recreational field. This area is perfect for ball games with the family and new found friends and ideal for letting the little ones burn off some steam!


Things to do in Dorset

As well as our excellent on site facilities, there are many sights, activities and events nearby. Swanage plays host to a number of popular events throughout the year, which have helped put our little seaside town on the map. In our reception area you will find a wide selection of leaflets for local attractions and our friendly team will be able to offer you suggestions and local advice.

Swanage Bay

A short walk from our holiday park takes you to Swanage blue flag beach, from here you can enjoy a traditional beach day, building sandcastles, eating ice cream and paddling in the sea. At Swanage Pier you can join fishing, diving and sightseeing boat trips along the Jurassic coast. Swanage town centre has a number of delicious cafes, restaurants and independent shops to peruse on a leisurely afternoon out.

The iconic beaches of Lulworth and Durdle Door are well worth a visit during your time at Ulwell, as well as Kimmeridge and the beaches that make up Studland Bay.

Further afield, guests can enjoy some award-winning attractions, including the Tank Museum, Monkey World, Blue Pool and Putlake Adventure Farm.


Other Swanage activities include:

  • Horse riding trips along the beach
  • Walking and cycling
  • Steam Railway with many annual events
  • Durlston Country Park
  • Local tennis courts, putting and bowls
  • Golf
  • Purbeck Arts Week
  • Swanage Regatta and Carnival Week
  • Music Festivals – Jazz, Blues and Folk
  • Christmas Lights and New Years Celebrations

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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