The best way to see Poole Harbour is by boat; cruises let you escape the crowds on land and sail beside the Blue Lagoon, Brownsea Island, and Corfe Castle, while onboard commentary details the history of Poole. Explore Poole Harbour at your own pace following a hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour of Bournemouth, the majority of which include the choice of a Poole Harbour cruise or a round-trip boat ride from Poole to Swanage.
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Things to know before you go
*Poole Harbour is also home to wetlands that harbor many different species of birds, making it ideal for nature lovers. *You can enjoy traditional fish and chips, English cream teas, or a pint of British ale at one of the pubs and restaurants at Poole Quay, which runs alongside the harbor. *The smooth surfaces of Poole Quay are accessible for wheelchairs and strollers, as are most of the cruises that depart from the harbor.
How to get there
Though the harbor is accessible at any time of day or night, cruises depart for the Jurassic Coast and surrounding areas from the early morning until mid-late afternoon depending on the season. During the evening, pubs and restaurants are open late.
When to get there
From Poole station, Poole Harbour is a 15-minute walk or a 10-minute ride on the number 8 or X54 bus. Trains from London, Brighton, and Bournemouth depart regularly for Poole.