If the Jurassic Coast’s globally-significant geology is what drew you to Dorset, Kimmeridge Bay is the beach to visit. 

Its dramatic cliffs, unique rock formations and abundance of fossils reveal the rich history of this special area of the World Heritage Site.

Kimmeridge Bay from the clifftop

Kimmeridge Bay is the perfect place to pick about in rock pools and take your family fossil-hunting. 

Combine your trip with a visit to the nearby museum and education centre to learn all there is to know about fossils, geology and just how important Kimmeridge Bay is the story of the Jurassic Coast.

Quote about Kimmeridge by Steve Etches

The Etches Collection Museum of Jurassic Marine Life is the first port of call for any fossil enthusiast. Curated by resident expert fossil hunter Dr Steve Etches the small but perfectly formed museum features an interactive exhibits, video guides and the chance to look around Dr Etches’ lab.

Dinosaur on side of the Etches Collection building Pliosaur teeth and description at The Etches Collection Kimmeridge Model dinosaur head at The Etches Collection in Kimmeridge Ammonite display at Kimmeridge museum

The magic of this museum is that every fossil, ammonite and dinosaur tooth in the display was found in and around Kimmeridge Bay itself, making it a truly local ‘Deep Time’ adventure.

With its calm, shallow waters, the bay is also a popular place for kayaking, snorkelling and other water sports.

Top tip:

As with all areas of the UK coastline, it’s best to keep a sensible distance from the cliff edge.

If you have an adventurous dog who fancies himself as a rock climber, keep a close eye or a long lead on hand as it can get quite uneven for little legs.

Good to know…

Kimmeridge Bay is accessed via a toll road at £5. Parking is then free.