Reputedly dating back to 1549, the Bankes Arms is situated in the heart of Purbeck and overlooks Studland Beech and the start of the Jurassic Coast. The Inn is (description of building and grounds). Click here for a brief history of the building and its smuggling connections.
We have won many awards both for our beers, and for the pub itself
The area around Studland is a haven for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. The RSPB has its largest reserve a few miles away at Arne, and a large section of the coast has been designated a 'World Heritage Site', known as the Jurassic Coast, on account of the rich geology and unspoilt habitats found along the coast. For the more sports inclined there is every kind of water sport and activity available, with many hire shops in Swanage and Poole catering for divers, windsurfers etc. Walking and cycling in Purbeck is great fun, or you could go for a gallop on the beech. There's lots to do, click here for more ideas and information.
Whether you are interested in beautiful surroundings or classic ales, outdoor pursuits or cosy meal by an open fire, you'll be sure to have a fantastic time at the Bankes Arms.
To get there by car
From Swanage: drive along Shore Road (the Seafront) and then on to Ulwell Road. Turn right on to Swanage Rd
(B33351) and drive into Studland village. At the village crossroads turn right onto School Lane, then onto Watery Lane, then turn left on to Manor Road and the Bankes.
From Elsewhere: Head for Wareham, then drive south on the A351 untill just before Corfe Castle. Turn left under the bridge onto New Road (B3351) and follow into Studland Village, then directions as above.
To get there by sea
Moorings are available opposite the Bankes. We will be providing a chart soon showing the moorings in detail. In the meantime please call for details.