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- Award-winning holiday park a mile from the beach in Swanage
- Half an hour's drive from Monkey World and Durdle Door
- Lively entertainment programme at the site's show bar
Three cheers for this one on Dorset's Jurassic Coast: Herston Caravan and Camping is an award-winning and family-friendly site about a five-minute drive from the town of Swanage and its sandy beach.
Everyone should find a full programme of stuff to do see and do in this neck of the woods: from rides on the steam-powered Swanage Railway, windsurfing down at Swanage Bay or clifftop walks on the South West Coast Path. The popular attractions of Corfe Castle, Old Harry Rocks and Durdle Door are all less than half an hour's drive away as well.
Facilities on site include free wifi, a playground and a mini market that also functions as a visitor information centre. The café/bar sells meals, coffees and a dizzying range of cocktails, and there's also a separate show bar with dance floor and a lively entertainment programme of live music, karaoke and other events.
The spacious and clean toilet blocks have plentiful hot showers, family bathrooms and disabled facilities, and the site also has a launderette and a washing-up area.
Dogs are welcome at the park as long as they are kept on a lead and messes are cleared up.
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Best Campsite in Swanage
Staff were super friendly and helpfull. Rented tent was immaculate. ...
From the manager...
Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Tents for hire
Gas cylinders available
Touring and motorhomes
Drainage hook-up points for tourers
Fully serviced pitches
Water hook-up points for tourers
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Leave the car at home
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Leisure/theme park nearby
Mountain biking nearby
Outdoor pool nearby
Surf school nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Public transport nearby
Large (51-200 pitches)
- Coach stations
Swanage Bus Station
— 1.0 miles
1.0 miles Corfe Castle: East Street Coach Stop — 3.6 miles
3.6 miles Poole: Dolphin Centre Bus Station — 6.9 miles
- Train stations
Poole Rail Station
— 7.0 miles
7.0 miles Parkstone (Dorset) Rail Station — 7.4 miles
7.4 miles Hamworthy Rail Station — 7.6 miles
- Ferry ports
Shell Bay Ferry Terminal
— 4.5 miles
4.5 miles Sandbanks Ferry Terminal — 4.7 miles
4.7 miles Brownsea Island Ferry Landing — 5.0 miles
Bournemouth International Airport
— 12.8 miles
A five-minute drive gets you into Swanage for sandy walks, sandcastle-building, splashing about and more serious watersports. To kayak round the cliffs and coves of the Jurassic Coast, make for Knoll beach (10 minutes) or Lulworth Cove (40 minutes) to hire your craft and see the place from sea level.
The 630 mile-long South West Coast Path passes through town, pick it up and head eastwards to the Studland and Godlington Heath Nature Reserve to see the wild, nature-filled Wessex that inspired Thomas Hardy (or hire a steed from the trekking centre for extra historical detail). Going west, the path takes you past the geological wonders of Stair Hole and Durdle Door (40 minutes' drive), while descents of varying steepness lead down to quiet, cove-like beaches like Winspit (accessible only on foot from Worth Matravers, 10 minutes away) and Kimmeridge (half an hour).
For a spot of time travel, pick up the Swanage Railway for a delightful nine-mile steam trip to Wareham, whistling and puffing all the way, perhaps stopping off en route for a clamber round the ruins of Corfe Castle (10 minutes).
Younger visitors will have a ball among the play barns, pedal go-karts and pettable animals at the Putlake Adventure Farm, five minutes away. Further afield, there are pony rides, deer safaris, tractor trips and bouncy castles at Farmer Palmer's Farm Park (30 minutes) and at a similar distance the heavy hardware in The Tank Museum and the charming residents of Monkey World should keep everyone's monkeys out of mischief.
- Swanage Railway (1.0 miles)
- Studland Beach and Nature Reserve (3.0 miles)
- Corfe Castle (3.8 miles)
- Studland Beach and Nature Reserve (2.2 miles)
- Corfe Castle (3.7 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Camping and touring|
|Arrive:||1 p.m. –||10 p.m.|
If main office is closed please check in at the bar.
Herston Caravan and Camping cancellation policy
No refunds within 30 days of arrival date.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
Bookings cannot be amended within 28 day(s) of arrival.
Modifications are subject to a £15.00 fee.
If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.
Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.
A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Herston Caravan and Camping will debit the balance from your card 30 days before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 30 days then the balance will be taken immediately.
You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.
Payment methods accepted on the parkCash