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Poole Harbour

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The basics

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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Poole Harbour and Island Cruise from Poole
Poole Harbour and Island Cruise from Poole
star-4.5
$15.86 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Lovely experience
Great way to see Poole and the islands. Good value and friendly staff. Spacious boat. Arrive early as there will be a queue.
Kerry_D, Apr 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Poole

star-4
Island and harbour trip
Michael_D, May 2022
Poole Harbour and Island Cruise from Poole
Great trip learnt so much about t he e harbour and islands. More for adults than young children but great value for money. I would definitely go again
star-5
Pleasant Afternoon Boat Trip
Christine_T, Mar 2022
Poole Harbour and Island Cruise from Poole
We had a lovely time going round Poole harbour the Skipper was very knowledgable. We would thoroughly recommend it.
star-5
I recommended
Oliver_S, Apr 2022
Poole Harbour and Island Cruise from Poole
Very nice boat trip and very reasonably priced. Took my fiancée for her birthday. Made good use of the bar.
star-5
Excellent trip seeing the...
Alison_R, Feb 2022
Poole Harbour and Island Cruise from Poole
Excellent trip seeing the other small islands as well as brownsea. Commentary great and fabulous trip
star-4
Great day activity
Jake_F, Feb 2022
Poole Harbour and Island Cruise from Poole
Cruise was great, very informative and had some great sights to see, staff were very friendly and commentary was really interesting! If not for the weather it would be a 5 star review!
star-5
Great fun
Lucas_M, Jan 2022
Poole Harbour and Island Cruise from Poole
We jumped on this cruise bit last minute on a sunny Sunday and I can’t imagine 12.5£ spent the better way! Crew was lovely! Nice round trip around Brownsea Island with all information! Would definitely go again!
star-5
Funny and surprisingly accessible.
Pauline_A, Dec 2021
Poole Harbour and Island Cruise from Poole
Lovely trip. We had a traveller with limited mobility and she was able to use the gangway to the upper seating without difficulty and stay there for the entire trip. The toilets, cabin area and bar were down some steep stairs and not really accessible if you had mobility issues. The staff were very helpful and stored the wheelchair for us. The commentary was excellent with Lovely humour.
star-5
A trip to remember
Vivien_O, Sep 2021
Poole Harbour and Island Cruise from Poole
Stunning views and the best, most informative commentary, by Jamie, ever! Every consideration for safety and passenger comfort and I shall definitely return for more.
star-5
Fantastic trip
David_F, Oct 2020
Poole Harbour and Island Cruise from Poole
A really fantastic little trip round the harbour. Interesting information given along with a few jokes and a nice hot chocolate. All safety restrictions adhered too, well done.
star-5
What a great harbour and Brownsea Island trip - even the weather was perfect!
Marjorie_H, Sep 2020
Poole Harbour and Island Cruise from Poole
Only in Poole for a few hours and we were so pleased that we chose to go on a 1.1/2 hour trip around the harbour and Brownsea Island. The weather was perfect and our Captain, Jamie kept us really informed and very entertained with his humorous commentary. The weather was perfect and we were happy with the Covid 19 precautions on board.
star-5
Happy trip
Richard_F, Oct 2021
Poole Harbour and Island Cruise from Poole
Two very excited kids who had been longing for the trip. Very good narrative from a well informed skipper.
star-5
The trip was really good...
Angela_C, Oct 2021
Poole Harbour and Island Cruise from Poole
The trip was really good and the best part was hearing the guide. There is so much history in this area and the guide was so knowledgeable we learnt so much!

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.

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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.

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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.

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