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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. 

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From Poole to Swanage: 2-Hour Jurassic Coastal Cruise

2. From Poole to Swanage: 2-Hour Jurassic Coastal Cruise

Begin your trip at Poole Harbour and board an open deck boat fitted with seating and comfortable saloons. From here, you will be taken on a journey through 185 million years of history along the Jurassic Coastline. On your cruise pass a number of Dorset's most famous landmarks like 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. Once reaching Swanage, head back towards Poole and capture the perfect picture of the famous chalk formations from the boat's outer deck.

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Bournemouth: Seaside Hop-on Hop-off Tour

3. Bournemouth: Seaside Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Experience the beautiful British coastline with the Bournemouth hop-on hop-off tour. Ride an open-top double-decker tour bus on a 1.5-hour loop through the Dorset coastline to discover the beautiful seaside towns of Bournemouth and Poole. Stop at Poole Quay and explore the variety of shops, parks, restaurants, and theatres, as well as buzzing nightlife. The onboard commentary points out the main sights and attractions of each city, all accessible from the 22 conveniently located stops along the bus route. There are plenty of things to do in Bournemouth and Poole. A double-decker bus is a perfect way to explore the picturesque British seaside and the phenomenal beaches, parks, and shops of Bournemouth and Poole are all easily accessible from the tour route's wandering path down the coastline. Bournemouth Tour Stops: 1. Bournemouth Pier - Behind Hot Rocks 2. Bournemouth Square - Gervis Place Stand X 3. West Cliff Savoy Hotel 4. Westbourne - Camden 5. Branksome Chine 6. Canford Cliffs - Loch Fyne 7. Sandbanks Beach - Shore Road - Tesco 8. Sandbanks Beach - Main Car Park 9. Sandbanks Peninsular - Panorama Road 10. Sandbanks Beach - Harbour Side 11. Sandbanks Beach - Harbour Side opposite Tesco 12. Lilliput Village - Lilliput Square 13. Whitecliff - Whitecliff Recreation Ground 14. Poole Park - Opposite Civic Centre 15. Poole Quay & Old Town - Thistle Hotel 16. Poole Railway Station - Platform 2 Exit Ramp 17. Poole Park - Parkstone Road by Parade of Shops 18. Ashley Cross - Parkstone Railway Station 19. Penn Hill - Penn Hill Corner 20. Westbourne - Opposite The Porterhouse 21. The Triangle - Bournemouth Central Library 22. Bournemouth Square - Moon on the Square (drop off only)23. Bournemouth Pier - Behind Hot Rocks (drop off only)

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Bournemouth: Hop-on Hop-off Open-Top Bus Tour

4. Bournemouth: Hop-on Hop-off Open-Top Bus Tour

Your Bournemouth hop-on, hop-off bus ticket will ensure you get to explore the area with comfort and ease. Sit back and let your driver do the hard work as you are taken on a journey around the must-see sights of Bournemouth, Poole and the famous peninsular Sandbanks. Hop off at any one of the 24 stops on route to take a closer look at the sights around you. Check out Poole harbour, the largest natural harbour in Europe, with rich maritime history, award winning beaches and lush green gardens. Or take some time to explore the coastline of Bournemouth, and try some English delicacies in between stops. While you tour the areas, we provide on-board commentary for your entertainment and to help you discover the unique and intriguing stories behind the sights.

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What people are saying about Poole

We had a great time! We chose to sit at the front of the boat and had fabulous views. We only got a few splashes on us. The captain narrated very informative and interesting facts during the trip. Overall it was worth every penny of the £12 each we paid. I would definitely recommend you go on this trip!!!

Was lovely to do something different was just over an hour which was perfect fir the kids as on the way back the excitement started to wear off .... interesting facts were told and saw some cool sites..... price was cheap for two adults 2 kids

A very informative and interesting 70 minute boat ride around Poole harbour and the large Brownsea Island. Great views, helpful staff and a relaxing way to see some of the local sights. Good value and everything was on time as advertised.

The Crew were great the boat comfortable and clean - the tour information about the history of the coast line including people was very interesting - well worth the money - and Swanage was great too!!

Very informative cruise around the islands of Poole Harbour.