Studland Bay

Knoll Beach and Studland Bay


*LATEST UPDATE* The National Trust car parks are open at Shell Bay, Knoll Beach, Middle Beach and South Beach. There are limited spaces, so if the car park is full please come back another time. Toilets are open at Shell Bay, Knoll Beach and Middle Beach.

BBQs are not allowed anywhere on the beach or heathland.

Vast area of sandy beaches and heathland.

A glorious slice of natural coastline in Purbeck featuring a four-mile stretch of golden, sandy beach, with gently shelving bathing waters and views of Old Harry Rocks and the Isle of Wight.

The beaches at Studland are called Shell Bay, Knoll Beach, Middle Beach and South Beach. All are owned by the National Trust.

Ideal for water sports and includes the most popular naturist beach in Britain. The heathland behind the beach is a haven for native wildlife and features all six British reptiles.

Designated trails through the sand dunes and woodlands allows for exploration and spotting of deer, insects and bird life as well as a wealth of wild flowers.

Studland was the inspiration for Toytown in Enid Blyton's Noddy books.

Beach Type: Sandy beaches.

Parking: Large National Trust car parks at Knoll Beach, Middle Beach, South Beach and Shell Bay.

Toilets: Toilets at Knoll Beach, Shell Bay Beach and at Middle Beach. Baby changing facilities at all toilets.

Accessibility: Accessible parking spaces in all National Trust car parks - parking charges do not apply to blue badge holders. RADAR key accessible toilets at Knoll Beach, Middle Beach and Shell Bay. Beach wheelchairs available at Knoll Beach (book in advance). Flat access from Knoll Beach car park to the cafe and toilets. Stone path from Knoll Beach car park to beach. An accessible all-terrain Tramper mobility scooter can be hired from South Beach car park to allow disabled visitors access to the path to Old Harry Rocks. 

Dogs: The Studland beaches are dog-friendly. Dogs are welcome all year. Dogs should be on lead at all access point onto the beaches and the car parks to protect wildlife on the adjacent heathland and nature reserve. Between 1 May and 30 September, dogs on the beaches must be on a lead less than 2 metres in length (at other times of the year dogs can be off lead). You can find out about visiting the beaches with your dog on the National Trust website.

Beach safety: Gently shelving sand suitable for bathing depending on weather conditions. If you are riding/driving a jet ski or boat in Studland Bay, follow this Water Safety advice to keep yourself, passengers and wildlife safe. BBQs  are not allowed anywhere on the beach or heathland.

Lifeguards: There are no lifeguards at any of the Studland beaches.

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Parking charges apply to non National Trust members.

Opening Times

2023 Opening (1 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2023)
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    Map & Directions

    Road Directions

    From the east: Follow the A35 and signs to Sandbanks ferry then take the car ferry over to Studland.

    From the west: Follow the A351 to Corfe Castle then the B3351 to Studland.

    Public Transport Directions

    From the west: the nearest mainline railway station is Wareham (on the London Waterloo to Weymouth line). Catch the number 40 bus from Wareham Railway Station to Swanage Bus/Railway Station. Then transfer to the number 50 bus to Studland.

    From the east: Catch the train to Bournemouth Railway Station then transfer to the number 50 bus to Studland.

    To plan your journey by public transport, visit the Traveline website:



    • Assistance Dogs
    • Disabled access to the beach - boardwalk provides access from cafe and toilets onto the beach.
    • Easy access from main roads/good public transport links - More bus number 50 - stops at Shell Bay, Knoll Beach or Studland Stores/Post Office for Middle Beach and South Beach.
    • Facilities for Disabled Visitors
    • Guide Dogs Permitted
    • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors - At all Studland beach car parks.
    • Ramp/Level Access
    • Toilets for Disabled Visitors - with RADAR lock at Shell Bay, Knoll Beach and Middle Beach.

    Attraction Facilities

    • Beach wheelchair available for daily hire - at Knoll Beach.
    • National Nature Reserve
    • Shop
    • Toilets
    • Watersports equipment hire


    • Beach side refreshment kiosk
    • Picnic Site

    Children & Infants

    • Accept children all ages
    • Baby Changing Facilities

    Establishment Features

    • Dog Friendly - restrictions apply at certain times of year.
    • On-site Restaurant/Cafe - National Trust beach cafe at Knoll Beach. Concessionary cafe at Middle Beach.
    • Open All Year
    • Tea / Coffee Shop

    Event Facilities

    • Free Entry

    Key Features

    • Families
    • In countryside
    • Outdoor Attraction

    Parking & Transport

    • On Bus Route
    • On site parking
    • Parking (charge) - charges apply to non National Trust members.
    • Parking (free) - for Natiional Trust members.

    Specialist Features

    • Family Fun
    • Marketed towards families

    Tours and Demonstrations

    • Educational Visits Accepted
    • Guided Tours Available for Groups

    Travel & Trade

    • Wi-fi available - at Knoll Beach visitor centre

    Venue Facilities

    • Groups Accepted

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