Camping in DorsetFamily friendly campsite

Camping in Dorset

Ulwell Holiday Park is a favourite destination for families looking for a camping holiday in Swanage. Our Dorset campsite is set in an idyllic location, boasting spectacular views over the Purbeck Hills and surrounding countryside. Ulwell Holiday Park is just a short walk from Swanage beach and within easy reach of some of Dorset’s best loved attractions. The famed Jurassic Coastline, Poole harbour, Corfe Castle and Studland Bay are all nearby.

Spacious and level grass pitches

Our established holiday park has earned a fantastic reputation, with many guests choosing to return to our campsite with their families year on year. Our tenting pitches are spacious, level and equipped with electric hook up for your convenience. The grass pitches are up to 9m x 6m in length and suitable for a range of tent styles and sizes. Our standard grass pitches can accommodate a maximum of 6 people and 1 vehicle per pitch. We kindly ask that you let our reception team know the approximate dimensions of your tent at the time of booking.

We also have 1 all-weather bark chipping pitch and a number of ‘hike tent’ pitches, which are designed for one or two-man tents. These smaller pitches accommodate a maximum of 2 people and are the perfect choice if you’re visiting Ulwell Holiday Park for a walking or cycling holiday. Hiking pitches are located in the grassed area of our site with 10amp electric hook up.


Dog friendly campsite

Our Swanage holiday park is the perfect choice for visitors wanting to enjoy a camping holiday with their dogs. Our perfect location offers a range of scenic dog walks from the park and a number of dog friendly beaches are nearby. Our dog friendly camping pitches can accommodate a maximum of 2 dogs per pitch.

dog friendly camping at ulwell holiday park


Camping facilities

Guests can enjoy use of our pristine facilities during a stay at Ulwell Holiday Park. Our heated amenities block is maintained to a high standard and easily accessible from our camping pitches. Enjoy free hot showers, alongside hairdryers, shaving points and a laundrette with coin operated washers and dryers. We also have a number of family showers, disabled facilities and a baby change unit.

For your convenience there are a number of fresh drinking water and disposal points located throughout the campsite. There are also two washing up stations outside of the toilet block.

showers and toilets in the amenities block


Fun for all the family 

In addition to our well-maintained toilet and shower block, camping guests can make use of the wide range of family friendly facilities we have on site. Children will enjoy the adventure playground, slide and recreation field, offering plenty of space to play outdoor games with family or new found friends. Our camping tariff includes use of our indoor swimming pool, complete with slide and toddler pool – the perfect indoor entertainment to keep the kids busy come rain or shine.

families swimming in the pool at ulwell

If you’ve left something at home there’s no need to worry – our on-site shop sells a range of camping essentials as well as sweat treats and local produce. Stock up on food for your BBQ or camping breakfast.

If you’d prefer not to cook during your camping trip the Village Inn bar and restaurant offers a wide variety of delicious meals and local ales.


One of the best holiday parks in Dorset!

  • Spacious and level grass pitches
  • 10amp electric hook-up
  • Dog friendly camping
  • Well maintained heated amenities block
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Outdoor adventure play park
  • On site shop
  • Bar and restaurant
  • Waste disposal points
  • Free drinking water
  • Washing up stations
  • Friendly and helpful staff


How to book

Our camping pitches are available to book at your convenience via our online booking system. Alternatively, you can call the park and speak to one of our friendly reception team, who can answer any questions you may have.

View the 2021 camping tariff

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.

All reviews


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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