Kimmeridge (ID 3624)

It is no accident that The Etches Collection is based in Kimmeridge. A place known around the world by Geologists and Palaentologists. Kimmeridge has much to offer both on land and in the sea – explore!

Getting Here
The postcode for Kimmeridge for sat nav systems is BH20 5PE.  Before you plan your trip, its useful to be aware that Kimmeridge, being so close to the Lulworth Army firing ranges, can sometimes be subject to closures of the main access roads and therefore visitors may need to take a detour via Corfe Castle or past Blue Pool to get to us. The link to the army ranges firing notices, to check for any scheduled road closures is here

Walks  (note: these are not available yet – but will be available soon)
You will soon be able to download our walks guides to your phone or as paper copies. These explore different themes in Kimmeridge’s rich and varied life:
1. The Geology of Kimmeridge
2. The Natural History of Kimmeridge
3. The History of Kimmeridge – from the Romans to Radar

Kimmeridge Bay is well known as having some of the best waves in the country.  For detailed weather and tide times see the following link to plan your day here

The Sea
When the tide is out, Kimmeridge is a haven for marine wildlife and has the perfect conditions for rockpooling. The Fine Foundation Marine Life Centre in The Bay is a gateway to exploring the life of the sea and seashore. Further details of their opening times and events can be found at

Kimmeridge is closely linked to its farming heritage and an excellent introduction to this can be found on Ben Hole's website at Hole & Sons

Smedmore House
The land at Kimmeridge belongs to the Smedmore Estate and the manor house, dating back over 400 years is the beautiful Smedmore House. This is open to the public two weekends a year and by special arrangement visits can be made for groups at other times. Details at

There is plenty of parking available at The Bay. This is via the Toll Road; but having paid the toll, there is no other charge for parking or use of facilities.

Coaches and minibuses with over a 12 seat capacity are prohibited from certain minor roads within the Purbeck district, unless in possession of a permit from Dorset County Council.  To apply for a coach permit, of which there is no cost, please follow this link .  Applications must be made at least 10 working days prior to the date of travel.

Kimmeridge has its own award-winning café and restaurant – Clavells – anything from a snack to a full celebration meal is available just across the road from the Museum.

Events in The Village Hall
The Education Room at the Museum will also serve as our Village Hall with many events throughout the year. This splendid facility will be available to hire for Weddings, Parties, Dances, Conferences etc.  For more information contact us on 01929 270000 or email