One of Dorset’s hidden gems for a holiday is the award-winning Swanage Coastal Park, with its peaceful setting and panoramic views across Swanage.
Nestled in an elevated position overlooking Swanage Bay and the Purbeck Hills, Swanage Coastal Park is a tranquil spot from which to explore this special part of the Jurassic Coast in one of the most scenic stays you’ll find.
Your holiday home or luxury lodge will be surrounded by the beautiful Purbeck countryside, with its many fantastic walks and interesting historic sites – all within walking distance of Swanage town centre, with its great variety of things to do and places to eat and drink.
Swanage Coastal Park is ideal if you’re looking for a quiet retreat near the seaside, where you can return to your peaceful, hillside cabin at the end of a day’s exploring, and even unwind in a hot tub with far-reaching farmland or sea views – a perfect way to watch the sun go down over Swanage.
If you fancy a night out, Swanage’s pubs and restaurants are just a one-mile walk away, and guests of the Park can also use the bar, gym and swimming pool facilities of next door Swanage Bay View Holiday Home Park (public charges apply).
Dorset Tourism Awards winner
Swanage Coastal Park picked up the Bronze award in the category of best Camping, Caravanning & Holiday Park for 2020 in the Dorset Tourism Awards.
The award recognises holiday parks that strive for excellence and provide great memories for their guests.
🐾 The park is dog-friendly, and has carefully-located waste bins throughout for you to clean up after you pooch.
Note that due to the park’s hillside location, some areas are rather steep and may not be suitable for visitors with walking difficulties. However, most areas are accessible by car and the areas immediately outside most holiday homes are flat for ease of parking and sitting outside.
Holiday homes are fresh and clean, the grounds are immaculately maintained, and all accommodation has WiFi, TVs and fully-equipped kitchens.
Explore the self-catering options at Swanage Coastal Park:
- Luxury hot tub lodges – Relax and rejuvenate after a day out in Swanage in a hot tub on your own private decking area. Hot tubs are fully emptied after each guest’s stay and pH and chlorine levels are checked twice daily
- Holiday homes & caravans – Choose from a two or three-bedroom holiday home and add on extras, such as a decked outside area according to your needs and budget
(Note that the park no longer offers summer camping pitches.)
There are no food & drink facilities at the park as it’s designed to be a peaceful self-catering getaway in a natural setting, however Swanage town centre is a short walk down the hill, where you’ll find a range of fish & chip takeaways, fine dining options, good pub grub and cafés for homemade lunches, cakes and cream teas. There are two supermarkets and a range of delis and specialty food shops.
Guests of the park can also pop across to neighbouring Swanage Bay View Holiday Park to make use of its bar, entertainment, gym equipment and swimming pool (normal, public charges apply).
Swanage Coastal Park also has a small children’s playground, as well as launderette facilities.
Pick up handy guides and local information at Reception, which also has a small, but well-stocked area for essentials such as food items and toiletries.
Tariffs & booking
Prices for holiday homes at Swanage Coastal Park vary seasonally and according to which accommodation you choose. Check with Shorefield for the latest availability and to book: www.shorefield.co.uk/holidays/locations/swanage-coastal-park
There are often discounts and special offers on holiday deals with Shorefield, and returning customers are entitled to discounts – if you rebook another stay while you’re there, for example, you can save 10% on your next Swanage holiday, and the benefits build up for repeat-customers.
You can also book through letting agents Hoseasons: www.hoseasons.co.uk/holiday-parks/swanage-coastal-park
Buying a holiday home at Swanage Coastal Park
If you want your very own luxury lodge or holiday home in Swanage to return to again and again, you can purchase one through Shorefields. There may also be options to buy a cheaper, ‘pre-loved’ holiday home.
Holiday homes start from around £45k and luxury lodges from £199,995.
Speak to the friendly sales team at the Park: 01929 448510 or contact Shorefield directly: www.shorefield.co.uk/ownership/locations/swanage-coastal-park
The friendly team at Reception are always on-hand for advice and to give local tips on things to do and places to go.
📞 For the Park reception, call: 01929 421822
📞 For the central booking team at Shorefield, contact: 01590 648333
For full details of Swanage Coastal Park’s hire fleet and sales, check out Shorefield’s website: www.shorefield.co.uk/holidays/locations/swanage-coastal-park
Location & walks
📍 Priests Way, Swanage (Postcode: BH19 2RS)
Swanage Coastal Park is located on Priest’s Road in Swanage. Its hillside location means that you get great views and have only a 15 – 20 minute gentle downhill walk to Swanage Beach, but note that walking back up the hill may take a little longer! You can always get a taxi back if you don’t fancy the walk, or if you’re staying for Carnival week or the Blues Festival and coming back at night, which you can pick up easily from outside Swanage’s train & bus station.
There is a range of fantastic walks right from your door from the park – including a stunning coastal walk to Durlston Country Park and the unspoilt natural space of Townsend Nature Reserve, which provides an alternative route into town. You’re also right by the ancient Priest’s Way, which you can take to walk to Langton Matravers and Worth Matravers – home to one of Dorset’s most famous pubs, The Square & Compass. Part of the South West Coast Path, you’ll be following in the footsteps of the local priest who once walked the route to and from Worth to Swanage to minister to his parishioners.
You can take a longer walk to the village of Corfe Castle for a day out and visit its ruin, and head back via the Swanage Railway steam train, or hop in the car or catch a bus to explore highlights of the Jurassic Coast, such as Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove.
The park is near to the historic old part of town, with its pretty mill pond and historic churches. Your nearest pub is The Black Swan, which is known locally for its good food and traditional atmosphere.