Kimmeridge Bay, half a mile south west of the village of Kimmeridge via a toll road, features some of the most important geology anywhere on the Jurassic Coast. It also boasts some of the area’s most accessible marine wildlife. The natural limestone ledges extending out into the bay make it easy to view life on the shore and in the shallow waters, making it a wonderful location for rockpooling.

The bay is also a superb location for a variety of water-based activities. The shallow, warm waters are excellent for snorkelling and diving, and are very popular during the summer months, with easy access to excellent dive sites such as the Underwater Nature Trail. There is little tide and not much current, making it great for beginners, while the comparative lack of sand helps ensure visibility is often excellent. Surfing and windsurfing are also gaining popularity in the area.

How to Get There

Kimmeridge can be reached by taking the B3075 through Wareham and follow signs for Kimmeridge. The nearest train stations are Wareham, Wool and Swanage.

For further information, visit our Travel page.

Kimmeridge
The oil-rich rocks of Kimmeridge, Purbeck.

Where to Stay

We recommend booking a cottage near Kimmeridge with one of our Business Partners such as holidaycottages.co.uk.

For a comprehensive list of local options, visit our Accommodation page.

Kimmeridge Bay
Kimmeridge Bay. © Steve Belasco - jurassicphotographic.com

Things to Do

Kimmeridge Bay
Kimmeridge Bay. © Mike O'Mara

The Etches Collection – Museum of Jurassic Marine Life

This museum houses the remarkable fossil collection of Steve Etches, bringing to life stories from deep time through an amazing collection of marine fossils, many of which are unique to science.

Etches Collection Museum
The Etches Collection Museum. © Mike O'Mara

Fine Foundation Marine Centre

The Fine Foundation Marine Centre at Kimmeridge Bay explores the exceptional marine life found on this part of the coast, and features interactive displays and a variety of aquaria.

The Fine Foundation Marine Centre at Kimmeridge.
The Fine Foundation Marine Centre at Kimmeridge. © Julie Hatcher

Need to Know: Snorkelling

A waterproof snorkel trail guide can be purchased from the Fine Foundation Marine Centre. You can also hire masks and snorkels there to explore up close the wildlife of Kimmeridge Bay.

Kayaking Kimmeridge Bay
Kayaking in Kimmeridge Bay. © Steve Belasco - jurassicphotographic.com