Bring your tent, campervan or motorhome to the pleasant Ulwell Holiday Park for a fuss-free and fun stay in Swanage within immaculately-maintained grounds and with all the on-site facilities you could need, including a clean shower block, electric hook-ups, shop, swimming pool and even your own pub.
Ulwell is located within a quieter area of Swanage, meaning that you can enjoy the peace and tranquility of being in the countryside, but are within easy access to all the facilities and buzz of the seaside town when you want it.
As well as camping, there is a range of bright, modern static caravans to holiday in, as well as the option to purchase your own for return visits to Swanage.
The Park is proud of its contribution to conservation and supporting local wildlife and enters the David Bellamy Award each year.
Camping pitches at Ulwell are level and all come with a 10-amp electric hook-up point.
There’s a mixture of grass and all-weather bark chipping pitches.
Touring and motorhome pitches are either grass with electric hook-up, gravel pitches, or fully serviced, hardstanding pitches, with additional water and drainage facilities.
The on-site shop has a good range of camping and caravanning essentials, so if you forget your torch, run out of batteries or need some extra tent pegs, the shop at Ulwell is sure to stock it.
Ulwell Holiday Park’s holiday homes provide a comfortable and convenient way of having a self-catering holiday in Swanage.
The Park’s modern static caravans range from ‘bronze’ to ‘prestige’, with some models having a veranda for you to enjoy your breakfast or evening meal on on a warm, summer’s day.
They’re also great for winter breaks as they are double glazed, with central heating and are fully equipped with everything you’d need for a home-from-home experience, including TV and DVD player.
Holiday homes at Ulwell can sleep up to either five or seven visitors, depending on model.
Select caravans across the range are dog-friendly, whilst some are pet-free. See below for more information about bringing your dog on holiday to Swanage at Ulwell.
The clean, heated and inviting shower block is equipped with free-to-use hair dryers and shaving points. You’ll also find larger family showers, as well as disabled facilities and a baby changing unit.
The on-site laundrette is coin-operated and there are two washing up areas by the loo block. And you won’t have to go far to find fresh drinking water and waste disposal points.
Alongside a welcoming range of food and drinks in Ulwell’s on-site shop, many of which are locally produced here in Dorset, there’s also holiday fun essentials such as buckets & spades, magazines and travel-sized games and toys.
For kids, there’s a great play area and large games field, and of course the indoor, heated swimming pool.
Leaving the car behind for a day’s exploring is also easy at Ulwell Holiday Park as there’s a bus stop right outside the Park, heading into Swanage one way and across to Studland the other – this bus (the Purbeck Breezer no.50) also continues on past Studland over the Sandbanks Ferry and into Bournemouth. There’s also excellent taxi companies in Swanage which can drop you to and from town or to other places further afield.
Swimming pool information
Use of the heated indoor swimming pool at Ulwell is free to all Park guests. In addition to the pool, there’s a toddler pool and small slide – perfect for a rainy day or for a bit of swimming practice before hitting the beach.
One of only three swimming pools in Swanage itself, Ulwell’s pool serves a range of functions: a fun, family facility for guests of the holiday park; a moment of escape for grown-ups with its adult-only sessions; and a great place for local children to learn to swim after school.
The pool has a dedicated lifeguard on duty at all times and is right next door to the pub and restaurant, The Village Inn, so you can have a quick dip and bite to eat before heading out to explore Swanage.
Swimming prices for non-residents
- Adults – £4
- Adult concessions (over 60) – £3
- Children (aged four+) – £3
- (Babies and toddlers under the age of four are free)
You can also book a discounted block of ten swimming tickets at Ulwell:
- Adults – £36
- Concessions – £27
There are a couple of grown-ups-only swimming sessions during the week to allow guests of the Park as well as non-residents to swim lengths and have some quiet time in the pool.
Currently the adult-only sessions are for an hour on a Thursday and a Sunday morning between 8am and 9am. (Ask at Reception for further details).
Ulwell Holiday Park’s pool is also open to members of the public and is a favourite for local parents to take their children to for swimming lessons throughout the year.
For mums, dads and carers there’s a viewing area adjacent to the pool with comfy seating where you can watch your children swim whilst enjoying a cup of tea or coffee.
Lessons are typically held during the week in the afternoons (Monday – Thursday), during which time the pool is closed to residents and visitors.
To book your child onto a course of swimming lessons at Ulwell call: 01929 422823
The camping and holiday home season at Ulwell runs from 1 March to the end of the first week in January. As with most sites, tariffs vary seasonally.
Prices range from whether you require a fully-serviced pitch with waste and water drainage and gravel hardstanding, or whether your needs are more basic – there are camping pitches with electric hook-up, for example, as well as simple two-person ‘hike’ pitches.
- Small tents (Hike pitches for max two people) – Prices range from £9 per person per night for a hike pitch in low season to £65 for a fully-serviced pitch in peak summer season.
- Standard camping pitch – Grass or bark pitches start at £18 low season to £58 in high season
- Caravans/motorhomes – Hardstanding pitches begin at £21 per night (£25 for fully-serviced), through to £61/£65 peak
- Extra car/boat – £4 per night
Awnings are free to add on to your pitch, and admission to the swimming pool is included in the tariff.
Note that all pitches have a maximum of six people and one vehicle or towing vehicle (hiking pitches accommodate up to two people with a small tent).
Holiday home prices
Tariffs for static caravans at Ulwell vary depending on whether you require a mid-week, weekend, school holiday or high season stay, and of course the model you’d like to stay in.
The luxurious Prestige models are the most expensive and located in the Park’s best spots with great views, spacious lounge, and full-size bath. You’ll find various options accommodating to most budgets, with the Bronze caravans being the cheapest and more compact, but by no means less comfortable.
For a full and up-to-date list of holiday home pricing visit Ulwell’s website: www.ulwellholidaypark.co.uk/stay/tariff/
Dogs at Ulwell – Information for four-legged visitors
Ulwell Holiday Park is a great place to stay if you have a dog and your four-legged friend will be made to feel very welcome here.
There are great hill walks and dog-friendly beaches within walking distance, and the on-site shop stocks dog food and essentials. There are plenty of dog waste bins provided around the Park.
Here’s everything you need to know before you arrive:
🐾 Up to two dogs per pitch/static caravan may stay at Ulwell free of charge
🐾 Some holiday homes across the range are dog-friendly; some are pet-free
🐾 Dogs are welcome at the outside seating area and in the bar area of the Village Inn
🐾 Dogs must be well-behaved and on a lead at all times
🐾 Dogs staying in holiday caravans are not allowed on soft furnishings or beds
🐾 You can leave your dog for a short time, but not for an extended period of time
🐾 Assistance dogs are welcome in all areas, including the restaurant, shop and swimming pool building
Nearby things to do
With views of, and easy access to, the famous Purbeck Ridgeway, which offers spectacular views over Swanage Bay on one side and over to Studland Bay and Bournemouth on the other, and of course across the sea to the Isle of Wight, Ulwell is the perfect place for both a relaxing holiday as well as an active family getaway. You’re never far from excellent walks, watersports activities and a range of places to eat, drink and shop. If you’re heading up into the Purbeck Hills, a stop at the curious Swanage Obelisk is a must.
The town of Swanage is around a 20-30 minute walk from the Park, as is Swanage Beach.
If you fancy a round of golf, the Isle of Purbeck Golf Club is under five minutes in the car, and the sandy beaches of Studland Bay and its nearby restaurants are about a ten-minute drive – the Pig on the Beach in Studland makes for a great special occasion meal, and The Bankes Arms is good for a pint of local ale in its beer garden overlooking Studland Bay.
Pop into the friendly Reception area at Ulwell if you’re in the area or give the team a call to find out more about holidays at the Park.
You can check availability and make a booking via Ulwell Holiday Park’s website:
- ℹ️ www.ulwellholidaypark.co.uk
- 📞 01929 422823
- 📍 Ulwell Road, Swanage BH19 3DG