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 rock 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. 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.

Kimmeridge Bay is privately owned as part of the Smedmore Estate.

How to Get There

Kimmeridge can be reached by car by taking the B3075 through Wareham and following signs for Kimmeridge. Kimmeridge Bay is accessed via a toll road from the village.

The nearest train stations are Wareham, Wool and Swanage.

For further information, visit our Travel page.

Kimmeridge
The oil-rich rocks at Kimmeridge Bay, Purbeck.

Car Parking & Facilities

Parking at Kimmeridge Bay is included in the cost of the toll road. Toll road charges start at £6.00 for a car.

Please refer to Kimmeridge Village’s Facebook page for full parking information.

From the car park it is a five minute walk on a bumpy footpath downhill to the shoreline. There are toilets available at the car park.

The area around the Kimmeridge Wild Seas Centre is accessible via a gently sloping gravel path. There are accessible toilets in the car park and at the Centre along with designated disabled parking bays.

Kimmeridge wave cut platform - Angus - 1000 px
The wave cut platform at Kimmeridge Bay. © Angus via Flickr.

Beach Information

Kimmeridge Bay is a sheltered rocky bay with rockpools. Sturdy footwear is needed for the walk to and on the shoreline. The bay is naturally sheltered and, depending on weather conditions, is often used for bathing.

Dogs are allowed at Kimmeridge Bay all year round.

Kimmeridge Ledges - Pedro
The ledges at Kimmeridge Bay. © Pedro via Flickr.

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 - stevebelasco.net

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

The Fine Foundation Wild Seas Centre

The Fine Foundation Wild Seas Centre at Kimmeridge Bay explores the exceptional marine life found on this part of the coast, and features interactive displays and a small aquarium.

Wild Seas Centre
Fine Foundation Wild Seas Centre in Kimmeridge. © Phil Abraham.

Need to Know: Snorkelling

You can hire masks and snorkels at the Wild Seas Centre to explore up close the incredible marine wildlife of Kimmeridge Bay.

Kayaking in Kimmeridge Bay
Kayaking in Kimmeridge Bay. © Steve Belasco - stevebelasco.net