Hop-on hop-off tour

Bournemouth: Seaside Hop-on Hop-off Tour

4.2 / 5

90 reviews

Activity provider: City Sightseeing UK

Bournemouth: Seaside Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Activity provider: City Sightseeing UK

From US$ 19.71 per person

Hop on to a sightseeing bus and enjoy a hop-on hop-off tour of Bournemouth for 24 or 48 hours. Discover sights such as Bournemouth Pier, Sandbanks, and Poole Quay from an open-top bus with panoramic views.

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Valid 1 - 2 days
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Audio guide included
Wheelchair accessible


  • Enjoy panoramic sea views as you explore Bournemouth Pier
  • Discover some of Bournemouth's oldest buildings and medieval roots in Old Poole Town
  • See charming independent shops and cafés in Westbourne
  • Enjoy the boating lake at Poole Park
  • Check out the bars and pubs at West Cliff
Full description

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)

  • Hop-on hop-off bus ticket (24 or 48 hours depending on option selected)
  • Discounts on local attractions, eateries, and shopping
  • Recorded audio commentary on loudspeakers
  • Information booklet including a map
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Entry fees to attractions
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)

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Meeting point

Stop 1 - East Cliff

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking

Know before you go

  • This tour is wheelchair accessible
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Vouchers are valid for 12 months giving you greater flexibility with your travel plans
  • The tour starts from stop 1 - Bournemouth Pier or Poole Quay but customers can join at any stop along the route
  • The first tour from Bournemouth Pier departs at 10:00 AM and the last tour departs at 5:00 PM
  • The first tour from Poole Quay (stop 15) departs at 11:00 AM and the last tour departs at 6:00 PM
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.2 /5

based on 90 reviews

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The sight seeing bus tour was good. I enjoyed going round Bournemouth and seeing parts that I wouldn’t have seen or known existed in a car. There are plenty of beautiful homes, lots of different parts of the beach to get off at if you want and plenty of stops. It was interesting. The boat part of the trip was also good. The pick up location is nice and busy. Plenty of places to eat, drink and people watch. All the different size boats are also amazing to look at. The skipper was very knowledgeable and knew a lot of interesting facts to give us. Clear views of everything is great for those who like to take pictures. Don’t waste your time booking a specific time for the boat. I did this and arrived well before the boat was due to leave, only to be told I couldn’t use my mobile ticket and had to have a paper one. When I went to get one, they were all gone for the specific time I chose at the time of booking. People should just be given a ticket valid for any time.

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August 31, 2021

Boat tour was good, lots to see, very good commentary from our captain and made us all laugh. We could buy drinks and snacks on board, seats were social distanced. Bus was also good, fun music and commentary too. We booked online but there are places to purchase tickets, we were staying in Poole.

June 16, 2021

This is a REALLY good tour and excellent value for money. The staff are all excellent and the tours really good. Only one gripe is that if the boat is running late coming into harbour please let the bus driver to wait a few minutes more before leaving people stranded!

June 1, 2021

Product ID: 13337