Dodwell Park is a charming three-star holiday park found in the village of Dodwell, a short distance outside the popular town of Stratford-upon-Avon in the heart of Warwickshire.
This campsite welcomes guests with touring caravans, tents and motorhomes, with both electric and non-electric pitches available. A number of hardstanding pitches are also available at Dodwell Park.
Facilities offered here include showers and toilets, dishwashing facilities, and gas canister exchange. A shop and an off-licence are also found at the site, ensuring guests never need venture far to collect their holiday essentials or some added luxuries to enjoy during their stay.
There is plenty of open space around the park for pets and children to enjoy. Dodwell Park gives easy access to miles of countryside and rural trails, which can be explored on foot or bicycle, and are also great for a relaxing stroll with the family dog. Many of the trails heading out from Dodwell Park lead to great picnic locations, too, which you're sure to appreciate on your camping and caravan holidays.
Stratford-upon-Avon is less than three miles away. Renowned for being the birthplace of William Shakespeare, the town is steeped in history and culture, and has attractions for the whole family as well as being a wonderful and attractive place to head to get something to eat or spend a day shopping.
The first place many guests choose to visit is Shakespeare’s birthplace. The house is today open to the public, and as well as plenty of Shakespeare related things to see, there are also features related to other famous authors that visited this location in the past, including John Keats, Charles Dickens and Thomas Hardy. Guests can also visit the 15th century cottage where Anne Hathaway, The Bard’s wife, lived, as well as the farmhouse where his mother, Mary Arden, lived. A visit to Mary Arden’s house is a great experience alongside a day exploring the whole Forest of Arden area, which is teeming with beauty and wildlife.
Visit Warwickshire and in Stratford-upon-Avon there are other properties across the town related to Shakespeare that are worth some of your time. There are houses where people, including Shakespeare's children, lived. In addition, the Royal and Swan Theatres in the town have shows by the Royal Shakespeare Company taking place throughout the year that are definitely worth seeing.
Away from the Shakespearean attractions, the town is also home to a popular Armouries museum, while guests wanting to easily experience everything at once can take an open top bus tour of the town and discover all the key points and information at the same time! Tourists can also take guided walks of the town if they prefer.
Dodwell Park is also just half an hour by car from the Heritage Motor Centre at Gaydon, a great day out for petrolheads. Or use your holiday here to take in sights including Warwick Castle, Kenilworth Castle and Ragley Hall. A cruise on the River Avon – which often includes lunch, dinner and drinks, depending on the time of day and the duration of the cruise – is a great way to relax and see the area from a different perspective.
An ideal location for discovering Shakespeare as well as this beautiful part of the Midlands, book your family stay at Dodwell Park now!
Using the Stratford district as a base, you can enjoy the delights not only of Shakespeares hometown, but also the nearby surrounding shire counties of Oxfordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire. Enjoy Warwick Castle and Henley in Arden to the north, Blenheim Palace and the Cotswolds to the south, Worcester and the Malverns to the west, and all within an hours journey of Stratford itself.
Based on 5 review(s)
North West 04 Jun 2017
Over the last 24 months we have stayed at 47 campsites in the UK, all are unique and some better than others but we have enjoyed our stay at each and none have driven me to write a poor review – until Dodwell Park.
With hindsight, the warning signs were present on checking in when the wardens made no secret of the fact that they had moved from her native Plymouth as parks down there aren’t profitable enough – at least their motivation is clear.
The park is sandwiched in behind a residential mobile home park which is not apparent from the website and you have to walk through it to get to the dog walk, which is not close to the camping field, I’ll come back to dogs later. The reception and shop building and separate toilet block are dated and unpleasant, with the single toilet block being at the far end of the field. The gents had 2 cubicles (one with a broken lock), 3 urinals, 3 showers and 3 sinks which was completely inadequate for the size of the site. They look as if they date from the 70’s and are ready for complete replacement.
We had a hardstanding pitch which was small and overlooked, and faced a wooden fence over the top of which were visible a number of units on the mobile home park about 6 feet away from us.
While the site pretends to be dog friendly, it is not. The dog walk is nowhere near the campsite. Our dog, a 13 year old Labrador, has arthritis and the walk to the dog field took us about 15 minutes or so – he is a very slow walker. He is also a male dog and anyone with a male dog knows they urinate a little to mark their territory. According to the wardens, urinating against a hedge is not permitted on site and they appear to be living on a different planet if they seriously think no male dog on the site has ever cocked its leg until it got to the dog field. Dog fouling relates to faeces, not urine. I completely support policies relating to cleaning up fouling but have never heard of anyone thinking they can tell a male dog to cross its legs and wait until it is told to urinate on command!
As we were preparing to leave, our dog urinated against a hedge which prompted the female warden to appear from the office and ball across the site at the top of her voice at us that this wasn’t allowed. She was followed a short time after by her partner who also balled at us in front of everyone that as we weren’t doing as we had been told we should leave. I am hard pushed to decide whether their appalling conduct was down to racism, homophobia or that they are just deeply unpleasant people who have no idea how the hospitality industry works.
This is the worst camping experience I have suffered in 20 years of camping and there are so many better places than this.
Kent 06 Sep 2011
My partner and myself stayed on this site over the august bank holiday. We had a great time, the staff were very friendly and helpful, nothing was too much trouble. The facilities were spotless, with nice hot showers. The site shop was well stocked and not over priced. There is a childrens play field and dog walk just off the main park. The location just outside Stratford was ideal.
Birmingham 29 Aug 2011
Just spent a lovely holidau weekend at Dodwell Park. Friendly staff,well equipped small shop,well kept clean site,and so so peaceful. Only little gripe is that the shower/toilet block gets cleaned once daily at 11.00am so by the time you have your morning shower the facilities can be a little dirty. Other than that a very nice site & well situated for visiting Stratford/Warwick & Evesham.
Staffordshire 17 Jul 2011
I contacted the site to find out some information and to book in for a couple of days in August. I was going camping with my son and have bought an 8 berth tent which has 2 sleeping compartments but is by no means huge. I was informed that my tent would be too large to be accommodated on the site during August.
So the moral of the story is that if you have a family you won't be allowed on and I would assume that if you have a caravan with awning your out of luck too because you'll take up too much room.
25 Jun 2010
we had a great time we found the new showers very clean and plenty of hot water, the wardens very friendly.shop fully stocked
pitches well looked after good for site seeing in Stratford-upon-avon, bus route to town easy