Naturism at Studland

A popular choice

Up to 5,000 people visit it on a busy summer's day © Steve Betts/British Naturism

Up to 5,000 people visit it on a busy summer's day

With a history going back as far as the 1920s, naturism has become a distinctive part of the landscape on the Studland peninsular.

Today, Studland has probably the best known official naturist beach in Britain.

No jacket required....

Clothing is optional... © Steve Betts/British Naturism

Clothing is optional...

The National Trust welcomes naturists and has marked out nearly 1km of beach where clothing is optional.

We’re working with partners including Studland Beach Users Action Group, British Naturism and the police to keep Studland safe and family-friendly (see below).

Good neighbours

Please respect other beach users © National Trust

Please respect other beach users

We ask that naturists and non-naturists alike respect the rights of others and refrain from behaviour likely to cause offence.

Police and rangers patrol regularly and will be happy to help with any concerns.

British Naturism has produced a beach code and holds regular beach days at Studland.

Download the beach code pdf.

More space

The approach to the expanded naturist area © National Trust

The approach to the expanded naturist area

We’ve expanded the naturist area at Studland Beach ­following requests for more space from naturist groups.

In April 2013 the boundary of the northern section of the naturist area was extended approximately 50 metres inland where it is marked with green posts.

Posts marking the old boundary remain in place as removing them would damage the dunes, but they have been repainted brown.

Studland Beach, with the naturist area marked © National Trust

Studland Beach, with the naturist area marked


The naturist area is located on Knoll Beach and comprises a 900m stretch of coastline.

The area is clearly marked with green-topped posts and blue signs (see above).

We ask naturists to be clothed if they're outside the designated area.

If you wish to avoid this area, please use the Heather Walk trail.

Food and drink

A seasonal catering van operates at the naturist beach during the summer, selling hot and cold refreshments and ice creams.

Our café, which serves a full menu, is next to the car park at Knoll Beach.


There are National Trust car parks at Shell Bay and Knoll Beach, a walk of approximately half an hour from the naturist beach.

Daytime parking is also available on Ferry Road.


The nearest toilets are at Shell Bay car park and Knoll Beach.

Please be aware that there are no toilet facilities available at the naturist beach itself and try to plan your visit accordingly.

  • A sign at the naturist beach in Studland, Dorset © National Trust

    Inappropriate behaviour

    We want everyone to feel safe at Studland and indecent behaviour will not be tolerated. Offenders will be prosecuted, including those making inappropriate use of photographic or filming equipment, which may be confiscated as evidence. If you witness any incidents of inappropriate behaviour please report them to our staff on 07970 595963 or the police on 999 or 01202 222222.

  • Studland Beach Users Action Group engagement day at Studland Beach, Dorset © National Trust

    Studland Beach Users Action Group

    SBUAG was set up in 2005 as a way of addressing beach issues. The group is made up of the emergency services, the National Trust, local businesses, naturist organisations, local councils and others. SBUAG community wardens assist with beach patrols in peak season.

  • A sign warning of unexploded ordnance at Studland, Dorset © National Trust

    Beach safety

    Heath fires are a constant threat at Studland, but we can all do our bit to prevent them. Please use barbecues in designated areas only - no open fires. Studland was a military training area in the Second World War and some unexploded ordnance remains. If you see anything suspicious DO NOT TOUCH - call 07970 595963 or 999.