Studland Bay

Important notice -

All car parks are extremely busy due to the hot weather and will be full quickly. Please plan you visit accordingly. There is a complete ban on BBQs and fires on the Studland peninsular.

Vast area of sandy beaches and heathland

Exploring Studland Bay

Follow the Countryside Code 

With more people than ever enjoying our coast and countryside places, we’re asking for your help in looking after them during your visit. Please help us protect wildlife and landscapes by following the Countryside Code, which includes taking any litter home with you and not lighting a barbecue or campfire.


No overnight camping and parking 

No overnight camping or parking is allowed at the places we care for. More information on why we don’t permit visitors to stay overnight at our car parks can be found here.

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What's on

Upcoming events

Come Out and Play

Wed 17 Aug 2022
Bring the whole family out for a fun day playing on the beach this summer at Shell Bay.

Train in 10

Sun 15 Jan 2023
A 10 week course to get you ready to run a Trust10, led by National Trust run leaders.
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Eating and shopping

Knoll beach hut second hand book shop, looking out to see from inside where books line the shelves

Knoll beach hut second-hand book shop

At the boat park at Knoll Beach, not far from the shop and café, you'll find a beach hut filled with second-hand books for sale. Open 10am-4pm throughout the summer, with every penny raised helping to care for Studland Bay.

Three ice cream cones propped up in milk bottles with different flavoured ice cream in the cones.

Chococo at Shell Bay

This summer, Swanage based chocolatiers Chococo will be at Shell Bay serving a menu of tasty treats including gelato, toasties, hot drinks, cakes and bakes made locally in Dorset. Chococo have a passion for using fresh, local, seasonal ingredients, and sustainable origin chocolate. They make all of their creations by hand and their packaging is plastic-free and biodegradable. Winning over 100 national and international fine food awards to date, Chococo celebrate fine chocolate in all its forms – from chocolates and gelato to hot chocolate and brownies – so you can indulge in the joy of truly fine chocolate, whatever format you choose!

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Our work

Dynamic Dunescapes

Conservation in Purbeck

Meeting challenges

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Join or give

Studland Bay from the air

Wild worlds 

The golden sands of Studland Bay surround a national nature reserve where heaths, wetlands and woodlands are home to a fascinating array of wildlife. The downlands stretching inland from Old Harry meanwhile host their own unique natural communities.

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Children using our education packs in the dunes/ National Trust Images/David Levenson

Education at Studland Bay 

Discover a huge range of education resources for all ages, whether you're a teacher planning a session or interested in learning more yourself.

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Places to stay

Seaview holiday cottage

Places to stay near Studland Bay 

A quirky hideaway minutes from great beaches or a harbourside farmhouse could be your holiday home from home. Further afield, choose from a historic village setting or the peace and tranquillity of the Purbeck countryside.