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Poole Harbour and Island Cruise from Poole provided by City Cruises Poole

Poole Harbour and Island Cruise from Poole

Poole Harbour and Island Cruise from Poole
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97% of travelers recommend this experience
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Tour snapshot
Enjoy a Poole sightseeing cruise on a traditional boat
Duration:
1h 15m
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
40
Service animals allowed
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    1h 15m
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    40
  • Service animals allowed
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 15m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Put away the guidebook and let your captain teach you about Poole’s history
  • Pick from several daily start times to suit your schedule
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 15m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Put away the guidebook and let your captain teach you about Poole’s history
  • Pick from several daily start times to suit your schedule
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 3542P35
Important information
Inclusions
  • Live commentary on board
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
1h 15m
Departure details
  • City Cruises - Poole, The Quay, Poole BH15 1BQ, UK
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • 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
Inclusions
  • Live commentary on board
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
  • City Cruises - Poole, The Quay, Poole BH15 1BQ, UK
Duration
1h 15m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • 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
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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
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4.5
138 reviews
Excellent
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Very good
25
Average
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Terrible
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vikki
Crewkerne, UK1 contribution
We were bought a voucher for this trip by our daughter for Christmas and had been looking forward to it since then. The weather was in our favour being the hottest day of the year. We couldn’t fault the trip at all. There was commentary (quite funny) throughout telling us all the things to look out for. We went out further than we thought we would be going which was delightful. The crew were all very friendly and polite. I would wholeheartedly recommend this trip to anyone and we will definitely be going back to try some of the other trips they have on offer as they all seem reasonably priced.
Written June 19, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

wendy m
Horley, UK27 contributions
May 2022
After our bird watching tour last evening which was fantastic we went on the harbour cruise today at lunchtime. The waters were calm as the boat ambled along with the Captain giving a very good commentary which enhanced the experience. The tour lasted 70 minutes which flew by, would highly recommend all the cruises this Company does. Thank you City Cruises you made our stay in Dorset an excellent one and we will certainly return in the Summer to try some of your other tours.
Written May 21, 2022
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Hello Wendy M, Thank you so much for taking the time to write your 5 star review! We love that you enjoyed your bird watching tour you came back to dine with us for lunch! We are delighted to hear that you liked the commentary and it enhanced your experience! Thanks again, and we are so happy to hear we made your time in Dorset extra special! We look forward to having you on board in the Summer! City Cruises
Written May 27, 2022
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Richard A
United Kingdom4 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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Carole A
1 contribution
Apr 2022
Amazing evening. This was our company Christmas party that was postponed from December due to Covid. City Cruises could not have been more helpful in rearranging the date. The staff on board were really friendly and the food was excellent. Everyone enjoyed the evening - Thank you to the team involved. Highly recommended.
Written May 4, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hello 675carolea, Thank you for taking the time to write your 5 star review! We are so happy to hear how your evening cruise went! And for an occasion that is overdue! We are thrilled to know how helpful we was rearranging and our staff and food on board made it a smooth and fun evening! Thanks again and we hope to see you on board again soon! City Cruises
Written May 10, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

londonlad1959
Burnham-on-Crouch, UK74 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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

KatieR
London, UK32 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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Charles_and_Susan
Nottingham, UK5,030 contributions
Mar 2022
Our trip had been moved from the previous day because of bad weather so we were a little apprehensive. It turned out to be a great tour. There were only a small number of us on the boat. we were treated to the commentary, pointing out places of interest as the boat travelled around the harbour and up to Brownsea Island. It was surprising to see the castle and other buildings on the island. We saw the chain ferry passing across the harbour mouth.

The water was calm and the journey easy-going. Although it was cold and a bit on the windy side we stayed outside at the back all the way round and really enjoyed the fresh air and tour.
Written March 9, 2022
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Hello Charles and Susan, Thank you so much for taking the time for your 5 star review, it really means a lot! It's great to hear you enjoyed your cruise and and liked the commentary and got to travle around the harbour and Brownsea Island, we are sorry we had to rescedule your booking, but we are just as happy you was able to join us! Thanks again and we hope to see you on board with us again soon.
Written April 26, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

JonesDE10
Christchurch, UK7 contributions
May 2022
Our harbour cruise and ploughman’s lunch was part of a VIP visit, and absolutely fit the bill.

The team were attentive and provided an entertaining cruise and informative commentary. The lunch was great and all guests very positive about their experience and seeing the harbour from the water.

Arrangements were smooth and communication great - highly recommend!
Written May 22, 2022
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Hello JonesDE10, Thank you so much for taking the time to write your 5 star review! We are delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your cruise with us, how our captain and crew were attentive and provided good entertainment for you and that you liked the food! Thanks again, and we hope to see you on board again soon! City Cruises
Written May 27, 2022
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Jenny B
13 contributions
Me and my friend were really looking forward to this trip around Poole harbour. We booked on the 4 15pm cruise.
There were a lot of children and families on the boat which I didn’t initially have an issue with.
It was quite windy and we could barely here the guy who was giving the commentary during the cruise. We chose to move downstairs hoping the volume would be clearer. We could hear slightly better, but as the trip continued more families joined us downstairs.
The children were loud, messing about and unfortunately we couldn’t hear anything.
We were really looking forward to hearing all the facts but barely heard a thing.
As I said, I don’t have an issue with families on the trip, but they lost interest very quickly and unfortunately the parents didn’t seem to care.
At the beginning of the commentary the guy gave some housekeeping rules, maybe it could be an idea to mention that it is a tour with commentary and if people could be more considerate to those who are there and would like to listen.
I would book on again mainly as I would like to hear the history and facts of the area, 2nd time lucky, hopefully!
Written June 1, 2022
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Hello Jenny B, Thank you for taking the time to write your feedback. We are sorry the disruptions on board restricted you from hearing the commentary. We appreciate your feedback and will investigate into this problem. Many thanks City Cruises
Written June 6, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

bevmills26
Welling, UK32 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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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elminadiai
elminadiai
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Amazing
The cruise was cancelled but replaced by Jurassic Coast and Poole Harbour cruise. It was amazing and worth joining
Higginsbh
Higginsbh
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Lovley day on boat and train
We went on the cruise and train. First the cruise from Poole to Swanage, we then got the steam train from swanage t
T5537KJsuer
T5537KJsuer
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Great boat trip
The weather and top deck helped make a perfect trip! The perfect live and friendly commentary so clearly told was s
Jd0222
Jd0222
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Great coastal cruise
Seeing a pod of dolphins swimming with the boat was amaxing! Commentary interesting and informative and boat was cl
Agata W
Agata W
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It is a great experience
Great experience for our 3 generation family. We were feeling very welcomed and had a great experience altogether.
ptsutts40
ptsutts40
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Stunning views
Lovely trip to Poole along the stunning Jurassic coast with views of Brownsea Island. Great commentary from the cr
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veronicamX8705SK
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Full marks
Commentary was so interesting. Lovely trip in glorious sunny calm weather. Can truly recommend to all
Makitten
Makitten
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Extremely disappointing
What an utter disappointment. My adult niece booked tickets online several weeks earlier and the City Cruises websi
Brian W
Brian W
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Sea/train experience.
I had bought my wife a Red Letter Day experience a couple of years ago - City Cruise from Poole to Swanage, a trip
Adventure36970052889
Adventure36970052889
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Highly recommend
A really enjoyable and fun cruise, stunning views and very informative commentary. A charming, cheerful welcome wi
U4373NOjenniferw
U4373NOjenniferw
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Great, good value
A really lovely boat trip wonderful views. Good value and informative commentary. We had a wonderful day out. Defin
Stephen R
Stephen R
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Return day trip from Swanage to Poole.
Great service, with very friendly crew who were extremely helpful, polite and professional. Very good informative n
G7670IPsuer
G7670IPsuer
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Lovely sunny day cruise
Information different on outward and return journey. Spacious comfortable cruise. Can highly recommend the experien
Caro_s2120
Caro_s2120
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Perfect way to travel to Poole
Would definately recommend, excellent commentry relaxed way to travel especially on deck in sunshine
Bob F
Bob F
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Super cruise
Beautiful cruise on lovely sunny day from Swanage to Poole. Interesting commentary en route Beautiful. very nice tr
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