Water activity

Poole Harbor and Islands Cruise

Activity provider: City Cruises Plc
Water activity

Poole Harbor and Islands Cruise

Activity provider: City Cruises Plc

From US$ 16.10 per person

See for yourself Europe's largest natural harbor. Take on stunning views and learn more about the area as you relax on board, passing interesting locations along the shores.

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Duration 70 minutes
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Live tour guide


  • See the historic castle built by Henry VIII on Brownsea Island
  • Admire luxurious houses of 'rich and famous' on Sandbanks Peninsular
  • Sail past Brownsea, Furzey, Green, Long and Round Islands
  • Listen to live commentary and find out interesting facts about the area
Full description
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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Meeting point

Look for the CityCruises Poole kiosk in Poole Quay. There is paid parking available in the harbor.

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Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 385 reviews

Review summary

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The overall experience was enjoyable with informative and humorous commentary. Only one disappointment was that it is advertised as Poole harbour and ISLANDS tour but we only saw half of one island (Brownsea). It was also advertised as a 70min tour but lasted 55mins.

February 16, 2023

Great trip around Poole harbour. Around 70 minutes onboard a lovely boat. Skipper was really knowledgeable about the history of the bay and those quirky little facts that make it fun. Well worth the price. Snacks and toilets on board as well. Highly recommend.

October 4, 2022

Excellent sights. Very well guided and lots of information given throughout the cruise. Clean, safe cruise and the added comfort of a Bar and Snack Bar. Easy to find the meeting point. Overall, very good value for money. I highly recommend and would certainly do again. We had great weather. There is an indoor and sheltered area if preferred.

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September 21, 2022

Product ID: 146166