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Poole Harbour and Island Cruise from Poole
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Poole Harbour and Island Cruise from Poole

By City Cruises Poole
Recommended by 96% of travelers
96% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
About
Poole is one of Europe’s biggest natural harbors, and the ideal place to go on a sightseeing cruise. Get access to stunning harbor island views that you wouldn’t see from on land, and glide past Corfe Castle, the Sandbanks and Brownsea Island. As you travel, a guide provides fascinating commentary, including stories about how Poole Harbor was formed in the last ice-age.
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Ages 5-99, max of 40 per group
Duration: 1h 15m
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Live guide: English
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Audio guide: English
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Highlights
  • Enjoy a Poole sightseeing cruise on a traditional boat
  • Put away the guidebook and let your captain teach you about Poole’s history
  • Pick from several daily start times to suit your schedule

  • Live commentary on board
What's not included
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off


Start:
  • City Cruises - Poole, The Quay, Poole BH15 1BQ, UK
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3542P35

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    How much is Poole Harbour and Island Cruise from Poole?
    Poole Harbour and Island Cruise from Poole price starts from $17.90. Discover and book Poole Harbour and Island Cruise from Poole on Tripadvisor
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    Itinerary
    • You'll start at
      City Cruises - Poole
      The Quay, Poole BH15 1BQ, UK
      See address & details
    • Pass by
      Brownsea Island
      Sandbanks Beach
      Poole Harbour
    • 1
      City Cruises Poole
      Stop: 60 minutes
      Return to Poole Quay, where you can explore the other cruises we offer at City Cruises Poole.
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    • You'll return to the starting point
    About the operator
    Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator:
    • City Cruises Poole
      848
      Poole, Dorset, England
      Joined in October 2013
    • tarirom651
      0 contributions
      I recommend
      I really enjoyed the cruise and the views were amazing. I intend to do this again next summer because it was a relaxing experience
      Written February 10, 2024
    • davesX5958HR
      0 contributions
      Sailing with Santa,
      We took our grandchildren on the Sail with Santa Poole Harbour Cruise and it exceeded our expectations 1000%!! The crew, and Santa, were very interactive with everyone and the presents that the kids received were excellent. We will definitely be doing another Cruise and would recommend to everyone.
      Written December 24, 2023
    • James_from_Westoning
      0 contributions
      Poole harbour cruise
      Very good trip around Poole harbour, the booking online was easy, the commentary was interesting and entertaining, they even arranged good weather for us!
      Written October 31, 2023
    • V8811XQmikep
      0 contributions
      Great trip
      Great service. The captain was really good at explaining points of interest on the way and had a great sense of humour to lighten the commentary.
      Written October 23, 2023
    • hikeyrob
      0 contributions
      A great day out.
      I booked online which I gather is a good move - no problems. We did the Poole-Swanage stop off deal for a sunny midweek day in October guaranteeing a less busy boat. It made a simply fantastic day out. The convenient parking at the Poole Quay visitors car park was 'toppy' but reasonable. Combining strolling, beach, walking across the cliffs (Durlston Head being a really good destination - 1.2 miles) and having a great lunch (many options) created some great memories. The onboard commentary was not too persistent, interesting, and different on the return journey. Given the conditions, I thought the value of the experience was excellent.
      Written October 16, 2023
    • 430antoniosm
      0 contributions
      Enjoyable trip
      Enjoyable and memorable boat trip. We would love to repeat the trip again in the future . Who knows?
      Written October 15, 2023
    • 701rupertn
      0 contributions
      Jurassic 👍🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿
      Excellent view of the stunning coastline,trip was on time and well organised. Boat was clean and comfortable, refreshments available 👍
      Written October 13, 2023
    • flyfred2015
      0 contributions
      Lost ticket salvation
      It was a lovely trip despite inclement weather. Even better was the relief, when I lost my ticket, that the City Cruise agent at the dockside at Swanage managed to issue another without any fuss. Many thanks
      Written October 12, 2023
    • isits2022
      0 contributions
      Good day out but unlikely to do this again
      The views were good, the craft was packed with children that were either hanging from the top deck or running up and down the stairs. Overall I'd say was OK. We had to tell some small kids to stop running around the open top deck as their parents were not interested but sat in the bar downstairs.
      Written October 10, 2023
    • 13cookie
      0 contributions
      a wonderful boat trip
      great boat trip. worth it to see the gorgeous Jurassic coast and the amazing old harry rocks. good commentary in both directions., would recommend it especially on a lovely sunny day.
      Written September 28, 2023
    • Joanna W
      0 contributions
      Not really as advertised
      Was just a boat taxi from swanage to Poole and back. Is was informative in parts, but there was also long stretches of nothing. It was fine, but not what we thought it would be, and knowing what we know now we would have booked something else instead, it didn’t seem worth it. Probably very good if using it to get to/from Swanage/Poole
      Written September 28, 2023
    • johntI9281IY
      0 contributions
      A joint 60th birthday celebration for my wife and our 30th wedding anniversary
      This was a 3 hour evening cruise for approx 40 people. The crew were very helpful and the set up in the saloon was really great. The fish n chip supper arrived approx 5 mins before sailing and was nice and hit when eaten. The bar service ran smoothly throughout the cruise and upon arrival back at Poole Quay the crew removed all the decorations we had put up earlier despite our offering to help. A very enjoyable evening was had by all. A big thanks to all the staff from booking to sailing. In good Naval fashion, BZ all!
      Written September 25, 2023
    • James M
      0 contributions
      Boat trip
      Really enjoyed the boat trip. Good commentary and a decent Length. Reasonable price, definitely worth it Highly recommended
      Written September 20, 2023
    • helenbL7129UA
      0 contributions
      Not quite up to expectations
      Rec'd a text and email the day before travel to advise that sadly the 9.15am sailing to Swanage was cancelled due to a technical issue with one of the vessels. (Never mind, these things happen) I called the reps mobile number who agreed to transfer us to the 10.30 sailing only to discover upon arrival the following morning that this had not been actioned (arrrgggghhhh) and was told this sailing was full (ARRGGGGHHHH) but we could transfer to the 11.45 sailing (or if we cared to wait around there may be a 'no show' on the 10.30 which luckily there was) The boat left on time, all staff were courteous and polite and the commentary excellent. I feel the booking system for the all in one 'Sea Train Aventure' could be better organised if there was provision to book a train departure time slot/seat. It seemed extremely chaotic upon arrival at Swanage railway station (peak time) and a 'first come first served policy' meant the number of passengers far exceeded capacity. The return boat again was on time, clean and staff polite. The commentary was excellent and not just a repeat of the outward journey. All in all a little frustrating start to the day, stressful at the station, but as they say 'worse things happen at sea' (thankfully not the day we travelled)
      Written September 15, 2023
    • Diane S
      0 contributions
      Fab cruise
      Amazing tour! Loved the commentary. The man was interesting and funny. Beautiful trip round to Swanage in the most gorgeous weather. Would totally recommend this cruise
      Written September 14, 2023
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    5.0
    230 reviews
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    Christopher M
    Wiltshire, UK43 contributions
    Mar 2023 • Couples
    The weather was miserable, we were cold and came across the kiosk selling tickets for this trip. Everyone made us thoroughly welcome despite us being the only passengers and keeping them from going home early. It started with the lady in the kiosk fielding all our questions and selling us our tickets to the staff behind the bar on board and the captain with his humorous and informative commentary. The boat was clean and tidy with a functional interior.
    Written April 10, 2023
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    Hello ChristopherM876, Thank you for taking the time to write about your Poole Harbour and Island Cruise and we are delighted to hear you had a brilliant trip! It's always wonderful to hear about our crew being friendly and that you found the commentary interesting! We hope to see you on board again soon Kind regards City Cruises
    Written May 30, 2023
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    londonlad1959
    Burnham-on-Crouch, UK96 contributions
    Aug 2021
    This was a 70 min cruise of the harbour and the surrounding islands . the skipper gave an excellent commentary full of interesting facts and information . there was a well stocked bar for alcohol hot drinks and soft drinks. . all in all it was a lovely trip out on the water and i would recommend this to anyone who wants to see the surrounding islands and sandbanks in poole
    Written August 7, 2021
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    KatieR
    London, UK36 contributions
    We took our one year old on her first boat trip with City Cruises in Poole Harbour - I was nervous at first but she had a great time.

    There was plenty of seats (assuming due to Covid) and they had a bar onboard so had a lovely cup of tea as we set sail.

    They brought our pram onboard for us which was a great help.

    The man doing the commentary was so funny and very informative at the same time. We had a good chuckle.

    Would definitely recommend for a family trip out.
    Written September 12, 2021
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    Somersetsteve2
    Somerset, UK938 contributions
    On our recent visit to Poole we decided to take the Harbour and Islands cruise with City Cruises, particularly as we have enjoyed their cruises on the Thames in the past. We were not disappointed. Booking on the website was simple and quick, the cruise itself was great with a commentary that was informative and amusing in equal measures. Really can’t think of any downsides. Highly recommended.
    Written August 22, 2023
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    Thank you for taking the time to write about your Poole Harbour & Island Cruise and we are delighted to hear you had a brilliant trip! It's always wonderful to hear about our crew being friendly and that you found the commentary interesting! We hope to see you on board again soon Kind regards City Cruises
    Written September 28, 2023
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    cidermark
    newcastle4 contributions
    Nov 2023 • Friends
    We chartered the boat island scene for 70 minutes for 25 people for my 60th birthday and surprise wedding celebration on the 1st of November. The staff were great, Helen, who helped us organise the trip and was very attentive and professional, from our initial phone calls until we set sail, making sure we all had a great time. The trip as a whole was also an incredible experience. We went around the harbour, sandbanks and the islands, the weather held very good. We also had canapés on board which were very nice. All the guests were very surprised and all said what a great time they had on board
    Written November 11, 2023
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    Thank you for taking the time to write about your Poole Harbour & Island Cruise and we are delighted to hear you had a brilliant trip! It's always wonderful to hear about our crew being friendly and that you found the commentary interesting! We hope to see you on board again soon Kind regards City Cruises
    Written November 14, 2023
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    Charlie B
    Romsey, UK33 contributions
    May 2021 • Couples
    What an incredibly helpful and customer-focused company. We had originally booked on the Jurassic Coast cruise which was cancelled due to low numbers. They offered a refund or a longer harbour cruise with a free meal deal. They were very apologetic and worried about making sure we were happy.

    The cruise was great, the commentary was interesting and witty, and the customer service onboard put many other businesses to shame.

    Well done - brilliant
    Written May 8, 2021
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    Vince H
    Wisbech, UK467 contributions
    Jun 2022
    This was an enjoyable and relaxing harbour cruise, made all the more special by the lovely weather. The captain gave a running commentary on the various islands and coastline of Poole harbour and I was delighted to discover that Enid Blyton's Famous Five books were inspired by some of this coastline, where Enid Blyton herself lived. Gullivers Travels was also written here by Jonathan Swift. Allegedly John Lennon owned one of the very expensive houses here and wrote the famous "Imagine" in the very same house. It was interesting to see how the other half live as we cruised past Sandbanks with its multi-million pound houses. I would be interested to pay a visit to Brownsea Island as it is a wildlife nature reserve. Perhaps we will be able to do this on a future visit. A word of advice: Our pre-booked tickets advised us to check in at the red kiosk on the quayside. However, the correct kiosk was painted blue last year and the website has not been updated to reflect this change. As there are several cruises in any given day, we assumed that the identification flag for each cruise would indicate the correct place to stand. However, this was not the case as it appeared to be a free for all once the boat had docked and indeed one customer boarded the wrong boat, despite one of the staff checking her ticket and she ended up on a harbour tour instead of a trip to Swanage which she had paid for. That small quibble aside, we would thoroughly recommend this trip and would definitely go again next time we are in the area.
    Written July 9, 2022
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    Hello Vince H, Thank you for taking the time to write your 5 star review, and for your kind words! We are delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your cruise and how you found it relaxing. It's great to hear how you was delighted with views and the learning about the history and some of the famous people who lived in Poole. Thanks again, and we hope to welcome you on board again soon! City Cruises
    Written July 28, 2022
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    Paul J
    6 contributions
    Jul 2023 • Solo
    This was my second trip on this cruise, there was so much to see and photograph on my first trip I took the second to fill in some of the gaps. Once more the commentary was excellent and not overdone. On the last trip I remained in the bow, this time I used the top stern seating giving a different aspect to the cruise; on the next trip I will tryout the internal cabin to see what they are like. Overall well worth going on the cruise; I highly recommend this to visitors to the area but book in advance if you want a selected day and start time as some of the cruises can become full, but even full there is still plenty of room to walk around.
    Written September 3, 2023
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    Thank you for taking the time to write about your Poole Harbour & Island Cruise and we are delighted to hear you had a brilliant trip! It's always wonderful to hear about our crew being friendly and that you found the commentary interesting! We hope to see you on board again soon Kind regards City Cruises
    Written September 28, 2023
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    bevmills26
    Welling, UK33 contributions
    Sep 2021 • Friends
    Don the captain gave an interesting talk about the history of Poole Harbour and lots of interesting facts. Being with 3 friends, 2 that can’t walk far, both Don and Lily made sure they got safely aboard and gave a safety talk so we felt safe. Such wonderful sights to see, including The Red Arrows that flew by!
    Excellent value, will come back and do again with my husband.
    Written September 5, 2021
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    Richard A
    United Kingdom6 contributions
    OK, a bit different. We booked a "whole" boat for a private extended family outing, a couple of months before the trip.
    Everything was excellent, from Helen's booking, to the crew, seamless.
    The boat was large, comfortable and very clean, and the Captain's itinerary just right.
    Many thanks.
    Written June 22, 2022
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    Hello D2013MDricharda, Thank you for taking the time to write your 5 star review! We are delighted to hear that your time on board, and that the booking process with Helen was smooth and the crew were friendly and helpful. It's good to know that overall the cruise was good and that you felt comfortable . Thanks again, and we hope to see you on board again soon! City Cruises
    Written July 4, 2022
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    Duration

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