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Studland is a small village which boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in Purbeck.

The Origin of the name Studland comes from the old English meaning an area where a herd of horses is kept.

During World War II the coastline around Studland was fortified again German invasion and the beach and village were used as a training area for the D-Day landings. Today many of the houses within the village are holiday homes or guest houses.

Studland’s church, St Nicholas Parish church, is one of the best preserved Norman churches in the country.

Studland boasts the  largest expanse of unspoiled lowland heath in Dorset, with views towards Poole harbour. Owned by the National Trust there are also four miles of natural sandy beaches including Knoll beach and Studland Beach

Old Harry Rocks can be found nearby, a famous pair of chalk stacks on the Jurassic Coast with amazing views of the surrounding areas of Poole and Bournemouth. 

The area is also home to a popular local landmark called the Agglestone Rock, a 400 tonne piece of sandstone. 

Attractions in Studland…

St Nicholas Parish church
This unique Romanesque Norman building has been here for about 1000 years, but it was built on the site of an earlier Saxon church dating from the beginnings of Christianity in Dorset. It is one of the best preserved Norman churches in the country.

Eating out in Studland…

Bankes Arms Studland

Bankes Arms Hotel

'Cosy snug pub and garden with sea views'

Manor Road, Studland, BH19 3AU
Tel: 01929 450255

The Pig on the Beach

The Pig on the Beach

'With uninterrupted views of the sea and home grown local produce'

Manor Road, Studland, BH19 3AU
Tel: 01929 450288

Knoll House Hotel

Knoll House Hotel

'Charming hotel and restaurant in Studland'

Ferry Road, Studland, BH19 3AH
Tel: 01929 450450
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Shell Bay Restaurant

Shell Bay Restaurant

'Seafood restaurant and bistro'

Ferry Road, Studland, BH19 3AH
Tel: 01929 450363

Getting to Studland…

A  20 minute drive from Wareham. You can also take the car ferry from Sandbanks in Poole to Shell Bay. You can catch a bus – number 50 from Swanage to Studland.

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