Plan your visit
- Nature reserve: open daily, 8.30am-dusk. Closed outside of these hours.
- Car park: open daily, 8.30am-dusk. Closed outside of these hours.
- Welcome Area: open daily.
- 10am-4pm, 1 November-31 March.
- 9.30am-4.30pm, 1 April-31 October.
- Shop: open daily, 9.30am-4.30pm.
- Café: open daily, 9.30am-4.30pm.
- Toilets: open daily, 10am-4pm.
Festive opening times
- Christmas Eve: nature reserve open, dawn-dusk. Visitor centre, shop, café and toilets closed.
- Christmas Day: nature reserve open, dawn-dusk. Visitor centre, shop, café and toilets closed.
- Boxing Day: nature reserve open, dawn-dusk. Visitor centre, shop, café and toilets closed.
- New Year’s Eve: nature reserve, visitor centre, shop, café and toilets open, 10am-4pm.
- New Year’s Day: nature reserve, visitor centre, shop, café and toilets open, 10am-4pm.
- Tuesday 4 January: nature reserve open, dawn-dusk. Visitor centre, shop, café and toilets closed.
- All other days in the festive period are open our usual winter opening hours as above.
- The Arne and Tramper email inboxes will not be managed from 24 December-4 January. The Trampers will be available for hire during open days on a first come basis.
- Free entrance to RSPB members
£2.50 (5-17 years)
Free entrance for first child
Free entrance for under 5s
- Free entrance for carers
- Car park cost
The above entry fees apply during our facilities open hours (see the Opening Times section above for details).
Out of hours entry to the nature reserve
Entry fees do not apply out of hours, but parking charges do as follows:
- RSPB members: FREE
(please display your membership card face down in your windscreen)
- Non-members: £5 per vehicle
- Blue badge holders: FREE
(please display your badge in your windscreen)
- Arrival by bike: FREE
- RSPB members: FREE
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.
During the summer (June - August) a shuttle service (2RN) is available from Wareham bus/train Station, Wareham, Ridge into Arne. Purbeck park(Norden) and rail links service run once a week.
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
Dogs on a lead are welcome on the designated dog friendly trails on the reserve.
Please keep your dog on a short lead at all times due to the sensitive wildlife, habitats and livestock here.
If you require an ‘off-lead’ walk please see Dorset Council’s Dog walking areas: https://www.dorsetdogs.org.uk/out-about/ The nearest area to RSPB Arne is Bog Lane, near Stoborough.
The special surroundings at RSPB Arne are wonderful havens for rare wildlife so we’ve created designated dog-friendly routes for you and your pooch to enjoy. Even if dogs are very well behaved, wildlife and livestock can easily become startled by a loose dog they perceive as a predator. Disturbing wildlife does more than simply causing it to move away; it uses up their energy, decreasing their chance of survival regardless of season. Thank you for protecting the special wildlife here by keeping your dog on a lead.
- Sorry, dogs are not permitted on the top Hyde’s Heath Trail, except assistance dogs due to the sensitive wildlife and habitats here.
- Dogs are welcome on the dog-friendly trails on the rest of the reserve on a short lead.
- Dog water bowls and shaded tie-up area are available at the shop and near the welcome area.
- Sorry, dogs aren’t permitted in the visitor centre, shop or café other than assistance dogs.
- Dogs die in hot cars, please do not leave your dog in the car when visiting us.
Group booking information
Small groups can ‘Hire-a-guide’ at RSPB Arne for a wonderful wildlife tour of the reserve! We tailor each walk to you and the wildlife you want to see. Great for small groups, people with limited mobility (you can hire a Tramper too) and anyone wanting an insight into the unique wildlife and history of Arne.
Hire-a-guides must be booked at least 4 weeks in advance by emailing email@example.com.
Max. time 3 hours. Costs: £110 for up to 6 people (includes entrance to the reserve), or £80 for RSPB members.
If you are thinking of running an activity, tour, or guided walk at RSPB Arne please enquire for our full terms, conditions and charges for commercial groups at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Hyde’s Heath open
RSPB Arne is now bigger and better. Thanks to the generous help of supporters who responded to our Arne Appeal and a grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, 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.