Plan your visit
The reserve is open at all times.
- Car park is open from 8.30am - 6pm (November - March), and 8.30am - 10pm (April - October).
- The Welcome Hut is open from 9am - 4.30pm.
- The shop is open from 9.30am - 5pm.
- The cafe is open from 9.30am - 4.30pm.
- Free entrance to RSPB members
- Car park cost
- Free parking for RSPB members.
- £5 for non members.
- £15 for Coach and Minibus.
How to get here
Wareham is the closest station (4 miles / 6.5 km from reserve). You can catch the bus from the train station (see 'by bus' for more details).
The Purbeck Breezer number 40 stops at Stoborough Green, from the bus stop it is 3 miles to Arne. Head along New Road for 0.4 miles, then turn right onto Arne Road.
The reserve is accessible by bike (please use ‘by road’ directions). We have bike racks in the main car park and by the cafe. The bridleway, which leads to Shipstal beach, is also accessible by bike.
From Wareham town centre, head south over the causeway to Stoborough. Travel through Stoborough, turn left onto New Road, signposted for Arne. Turn right at the cross roads in the village of Ridge, follow the road for approximately 3 miles to Arne, the car park is located on the right at the beginning of Arne village.
Sat nav POI file: If you have a satellite navigation system that can accept POI files, please see our POI page for a download link and instructions.
The Purbeck Cycleway passes within 1.5 miles / 2km of the car park.
Information for dog owners
Dog owners are asked to keep their dog on a lead at all times whilst at Arne. There are no dog waste bins on the reserve, the nearest dog waste bin is at Sunnyside farm, on Arne Road, at the edge of Ridge village.
Group booking information
We welcome group visits to Arne, we ask that groups contact us prior to a visit so we can make suitable arrangements. Coach parking is available on request, this must be booked in advance, as below. The cafe will take food orders for groups of 10 or more, please book in advance as below.
For advance bookings please phone: 01929 553360 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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UK Nature Breaks
Why not stop over with UK Nature Breaks to make the most of your visit and what nature has to offer. 10% of every accommodation booking will be donated to the RSPB.
Over the past 24 years, grants from the National Lottery Heritage Fund have helped to make our nature reserves like Arne even better places for wildlife and people. To say thank you, we’re offering National Lottery players a special treat, on us.
Hyde’s Heath open
RSPB Arne is now bigger and better. Thanks to the generous help of supporters who responded to our Arne Appeal, we have acquired Hyde’s Heath, an area of heathland that is vital habitat for some of our rarest wildlife.
Woodlarks, nightjars, sand lizards, Dartford warblers and many other beautiful creatures stand to benefit from this special piece of land. While Hyde’s Heath is now open to visitors, it is closed to dogs because of the risks posed to rare ground-nesting birds and other sensitive wildlife.