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Local attractions

Ulwell Holiday Park is ideally situated for you to take advantage of a wide range of activities and local attractions in Dorset. There are so many beautiful places to visit in the Purbeck region and wider area, you certainly won’t be stuck for things to see and do during your time at our Swanage caravan and camping park. Read our blog for our top pick of attractions and points of interest along the Jurassic Coast.

Swanage

The busy Victorian seaside town of Swanage has many attractions for all the family to enjoy during a stay at our caravan and camping park. The blue flag beach is the perfect place to while away a sunny afternoon, while the kids paddle and play in the sand. The restored pier is a hit with visitors and the town is popular among watersports and diving enthusiasts. Seasonal boat trips are available for groups wanting to explore the area by sea.

For children, there are amusement arcades, the Dorset Water Park  and Durlston Country Park. Putlake Adventure Farm provides a fun day out giving little ones a chance to get close to the animals and experience a taste of country life. There are plenty of shops to peruse, including independent stores and boutiques. Enjoy a tasty meal in one of the popular pubs, cafes and restaurants dotted around the town.

A trip on Swanage Railway is an absolute must during during your break at Ulwell Holiday Park. Along the route you’ll be able to take in far reaching views overlooking the historic ruins of Corfe Castle. There are also plenty of walk ways and cycle paths to explore Purbeck’s countryside and the Jurassic Coast.

dorset waterpark

 

Poole

The popular town of Poole is easily accessible from our campsite in Swanage. Take the chain ferry from Studland to Sandbanks and spend the day exploring the picturesque harbour and bustling quay. It’s easy to while away a couple of hours taking in the views. Sit on the harbour wall and watch the boats come and go.

There are plenty of cafes and restaurants where you can stop for a bite to eat or a drink as the sun goes down. Or, you could venture into the town centre to explore the shopping centre, which features popular top national brands.

If you’re interested in getting out on the water during your stay with us, Poole is the place to go. There are plenty of fishing and sightseeing trips to choose from, including ferry rides to Brownsea Island. Other attractions include watersports lessons, Upton Country Park and Tower Park entertainment complex.

 

Bournemouth

If you’re craving the bright lights of the city, head to Bournemouth during your Dorset break. The bustling city centre has much to offer, including high street favourites, top restaurants and fantastic family attractions. The beach has been voted one of the best in the UK and there are plenty of attractions to explore. We highly recommend heading to Bournemouth Pier where you’ll find Rock Reef climbing centre and an awesome zip line to the shore.

The Oceanarium is popular with younger members of the family and there are family fun parks nearby. The gardens is perfect for a picnic.

 

Out and About

There is so much to discover and experience around picturesque Purbeck; gateway to the Jurassic Coast, England’s first natural World Heritage Site.

Take a trip on a steam train to historical Corfe Castle, enjoy walks along the spectacular coastline and National Trust countryside and why not try out some bird watching, fishing, water sports or even sandcastle building… all within three miles of the Park.

You can abandon the car for the entire holiday if you wish since the park is a mere mile and a half from the bustling Seaside town centre of Swanage, where many interesting events are held and this includes the Folk Festival, the Swanage Blues Festival, Lifeboat Week and Swanage Carnival. It is even less than that to the sandy blue flag family beaches.

 

Jurassic Coast

Ulwell Holiday Park is within easy reach of the world famous Jurassic Coast. Our Swanage base affords visitors easy access to some of the best natural landmarks along the Dorset coastline, including Old Harry Rocks, which can be accessed on a scenic walk from the park.

Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door are just a short and scenic drive away, as well as Kimmeridge Bay and Worbarrow Bay, which is a real hidden gem. Our Dorset holiday park is one of the best camping and caravanning destinations to enjoy the spectacular sights, for which the region is renowned.

durdle door jurassic coast

Nearby towns and attractions

Further afield are there are a number of award-wining attractions including Monkey World, the Tank Museum and Farmer Palmers. Weymouth, Portland, Dorchester and Wareham are all just a short drive away.

Ulwell Holiday Park is the perfect base to explore the surrounding area. Our friendly reception staff are more than happy to help you plan your days out.

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

    David

    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.

All reviews

4.5

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

BY ROAD

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.

BY BUS

The park is situated on the main bus route from Bournemouth to Swanage.

GPS

1 ° 58’ 16” West, 50° 37’ 34” North

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