With its safe, shallow water and slightly more rugged feel, South Beach is a natural haven away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

Quieter than nearby Knoll Beach (the main and most popular of Studland Bay‘s four beaches), South Beach is also a great base for exploring Studland village and a good place to set off from if you’re doing the Old Harry Rocks cliff walk.

Directions and parking tariffs

How to get to South Beach car park

For your SatNav: BH19 3AU

Situated on Manor Road, just off the main road in Studland, South Beach is easily accessible from Swanage, Wareham, Poole and Bournemouth.

South Beach itself is a short, signposted walk down a gentle track near the car park.

Signs for the beach on Rectory Lane in Studland

South Beach car park is handy for The Pig restaurant as well as Old Harry Rocks

From Swanage, Corfe and Wareham

Leave the B3351 at the turning for Studland Stores, down School Lane and then onto Watery Lane, where the road curves around to the left onto Manor Road.

South Beach car park will be on your left, just past The Bankes Arms pub.

From Poole and Bournemouth via chain ferry

After a four-minute crossing on the Sandbanks Ferry, follow Ferry Road until you reach the village of Studland.

Turn left just after the riding stables onto Beach Road, and then immediately right onto Rectory Lane. Turn right into Manor Road, where the car park will be on your right, next to The Bankes Arms.

South Beach car park sign in Studland

South Beach car park is located on Manor Road in Studland

Parking prices

Parking prices vary seasonally, but in peak seasons the minimum is £4 for two hours.

Note that payment options are limited to coins and the Pay-by-Phone parking app.

National Trust members may park for free – just scan your membership card at the machine.

Screenshot of Google Maps showing location of South Beach Studland

Location of South Beach car park (Google Maps)