Naturism at Studland Bay

A group of people in the naturist area at Studland Bay

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.

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).

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 British Naturism beach code (PDF / 0MB) download


Where is the naturist beach?

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 signs. 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.

The naturist area is clearly signposted
One of the signs near the naturist area at Studland Bay
The naturist area is clearly signposted

In April 2013 we expanded the naturist area ­following requests for more space from naturist groups.

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 were left in place as removing them would damage the dunes, but they were repainted brown.


Facilities at Studland's naturist 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 (non-NT) subject to a Traffic Management Order.

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.

Our café is next to the car park at Knoll Beach.

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 and drones, which may be confiscated as evidence.

If you witness any incidents of inappropriate behaviour please report them to the police on 999 or 101 and inform our team on 01929 450500.

Please follow the code of conduct
A sign marking the boundary of the naturist area at Studland Bay
Please follow the code of conduct


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.


Beach safety at Studland

Heath fires are a constant threat at Studland, but we can all do our bit to prevent them. No fires or BBQs are permitted. 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 999 and inform our staff on 01929 450500.

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.

Naturists at Studland Beach, Dorset

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