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Poole Harbor and Islands Cruise

1. Poole Harbor and Islands Cruise

Take a cruise around Europe's largest natural harbor, home to the town of Poole, the golden beaches of Sandbanks and Brownsea Island. From either open deck seating or comfortable saloon you will see stunning views of the exceptional landscape that surrounds it. Your 70 minute trip will start on charming Poole Quay with its old buildings and buzzing atmosphere.  Next you will go past Brownsea Island, home to wildlife and picturesque Brownsea Castle, built to protect against French invasions. After that comes the Sandbanks Peninsula and the luxurious houses of the ‘Golden Mile’. Then you will tour the great natural expanse of the harbor and the remaining islands: Green, Furzey, Long and Round. Fronting onto beautiful scenery it helped inspire classics like Lord of the Rings and Gulliver's Travel. 

From Bournemouth: Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door Trip

2. From Bournemouth: Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door Trip

Discover some of the most scenic coastline in southern England on a bus trip from Bournemouth. Travel along the famous Jurassic Coast, via Poole Harbour and Sandbanks, to experience the nation's only natural UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit both Lulworth Cove and the natural limestone arch of Durdle Door and get plenty of information and maps to help you along the way. Use the time to go for a light nature walk from Durdle Door over the hill to Lulworth Cove and get magnificent views from Hambury Tout. Spend the time at Lulworth Cove if you prefer to give your legs a rest and get a beautiful view of the arch on an optional boat ride from the beach, at your own expense. Benefit from a map highlighting the main features, or feel free to follow your own nose and explore independently. Find a nice cafe or restaurant in the village of West Lulworth or avail of the small shop in the holiday park at Durdle Door.

From Poole: Round-trip Jurassic Coastal Cruise to Swanage

3. From Poole: Round-trip Jurassic Coastal Cruise to Swanage

Discover the impressive Jurassic Coast on a cruise through Dorset. See Round Island, marvel at the iconic chalk formations on the coast, and learn fascinating facts about the area from live commentary onboard. Begin your trip at Poole Harbour and board an open deck boat with seating and comfortable saloons. From here, start your journey through 185 million years of history along the Jurassic Coastline. As you cruise, pass some of Dorset's most famous landmarks. See the golden beaches of Sandbanks, Brownsea Island, and the Old Harry Rocks, named after a notorious pirate. Enjoy expert commentary from your captains as you glide by. Sail by Dorset's small islands, including Furzey, Long, Green, and Round Islands, as you make your way to Swanage. Once reaching Swanage, head back towards Poole and capture the perfect picture of the famous chalk formations from the boat's outer deck.

Poole: Harbor Dinner Cruise with Traditional Fish and Chips

4. Poole: Harbor Dinner Cruise with Traditional Fish and Chips

Spend an evening cruising along the southern British coastline while enjoying a traditional fish and chips dinner. Relax as you admire the beauty of Poole, Europe's largest natural harbor, and the surrounding shore. Snap a few photos of the monumental chalk formations of Old Harry Rocks, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, marking the most eastern point of the ancient Jurassic Coast. Pass by Studland Bay, which is famous for wildlife and watersports and also served as the inspiration for children's book author, Enid Blyton's Noddy. Get a glimpse of the luxury beachfront properties and popular beaches along Sandbanks Golden Mile.

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What people are saying about Poole

An excellent cruise of Poole Harbour, helped by super weather. The price is really good, and we had all the islands pointed out to us. I can thoroughly recommend this cruise.

Really great excursion. Beautiful surroundings and interesting facts about Poole Harbour and surrounding area. Would highly recommend.

Lovely tour of the harbour and nearby islands. Lots of relevant information. Free hot drink and mince pie included.

Fantastic trip for minimal money. Great knowledgeable skipper guiding you around all the islands of the harbour

Great time out although the Red Boat Kiosk is no longer Red! Look forward City Cruises!