Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve & Fine Foundation Marine Centre

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Kimmeridge Bay © Stewart Canham

Kimmeridge Bay © Stewart Canham 

Reserve Information

Size: 2,016.41 ha.

Extending along a beautiful stretch of Dorset's Jurassic Coast, with splendid views from grassy cliff tops and underwater nature trails for divers & snorkellers, this nationally important reserve is best accessed from Kimmeridge Bay.

The Fine Foundation Marine Centre, with interactive displays & aquaria, provides a fascinating and vital source of information, encouraging all ages to explore the bay, its ledges and rockpools.

  • The snorkelling trail guides the more adventurous through different seabed habitats. 

Wildlife interest

  • Wide variety of seaweeds & rockpool life such as sea anemones, crabs, fish & invertebrates.
  • Ballan wrasse, mullet, lobster & Tompot blennies can be seen against a colourful backdrop of Rainbow wrack & Coralline seaweeds.

Best time to visit

Limited access in winter.  A summer day spent at Kimmeridge is a wonderful outing.  Check tide times to gain the most reward.

Opening Times

Oct-March - Open Sundays 12 noon until 4pm
Apr-Sept - Tuesday to Sunday, plus bank holidays, 10.30am until 5pm


Cliff paths are steep in places, the rockpools slippery and uneven.  The Marine Centre is very user-friendly.

Lulworth Range Walks & Tyneham Village opening times

Useful information about the ranges and Tyneham Village can be found here. 

Location of the Marine Centre:

Map ref. SY 909789.  Take the A351 from Wareham to Corfe Castle & the first turn right to Creech.  Follow road to the top of a steep hill & round a hairbend bend signposted to Church Knowle.  Approx. 2 miles on, turn right to Kimmeridge.  Drive through village to toll booth.  Parking fee payable to Smedmore Estate

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