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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. 

    Beautiful sunny day The captain and commentator was excellent Whitby and full of valuable knowledge

  • Jurassic Coast: Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door Coach Trip

    2. Jurassic Coast: Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door Coach Trip

    Discover some of the most scenic coastline in southern England on a coach trip from Bournemouth. Travel along the famous Jurassic Coast, via Poole Harbour and Sandbanks, to experience the nation's only natural UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit both Lulworth Cove and the natural limestone arch of Durdle Door and get plenty of information and maps to help you along the way. Use the time to go for a light nature walk from Durdle Door over the hill to Lulworth Cove and get magnificent views from Hambury Tout. Spend the time at Lulworth Cove if you prefer to give your legs a rest and get a beautiful view of the arch on an optional boat ride from the beach, at your own expense. Benefit from a map highlighting the main features, or feel free to follow your own nose and explore independently. Find a nice cafe or restaurant in the village of West Lulworth or avail of the small shop in the holid...

    Our Driver/Guide is brilliant. The trip to get to where I wanted to be is perfect for the price I paid.

  • From Bournemouth: Jurassic Coast & Isle of Purbeck Day Tour

    3. From Bournemouth: Jurassic Coast & Isle of Purbeck Day Tour

    Catch the early morning ferry across to the Isle of Purbeck. View Old Harry Rocks, the starting point of the Jurassic Coast, England’s only natural UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take in breath-taking views across Poole Harbour and towards Brownsea Island. By mid morning you will arrive at Durlston Country Park. Visit the brand new Jurassic Coast visitor center housed in the recently refurbished Durlston Castle. There’s time for a morning coffee stop overlooking the famous Great Globe and a chance to take the cliff top walk along to Tilly Whim Caves and the Anvil Point Lighthouse. For every visitor brought to Durlston Country Park, a contribution towards a bursary that helps to support their volunteer programme is made. Heading west drive through some of the tiny lanes and villages that give Purbeck its unique character. Take lunch in the village of Corfe Castle, dominated by the ruins ...

    Gerry was excellent !!! We loved every minute of it ! I would highly recommend it , Many thanks for the experience Silvia & Lolita

  • From Weymouth: 10+ Stops on Jurassic Coast Day Tour

    4. From Weymouth: 10+ Stops on Jurassic Coast Day Tour

    Enjoy a full day exploring the Jurassic coastline. Start by heading west, through the Dorset countryside, make your way into Purbeck, the gateway to the Jurassic Coast. It's filled with 17th century English villages of thatch cottages and castles which have been fought over for hundreds of years. Firstly visit Durlston Park, known for its wildlife and as the gateway to the Jurassic Coast. Spend time learning about how the Jurassic Coast came to be. Then head west to Corfe Castle, rich in 1000 years of history, and tales of betrayal and treachery. Stop for lunch in one of the many country pubs or head on through to Durdle Door. This is a famous natural arch and beautiful secluded cove – their existence owed to the collision of continents and the birth of the Alps millions of years ago. From here it's a short hop and a skip to Lulworth Cove. Lulworth Cove is world famous for its unique ge...

    We had a fabulous tour despite the crazy weather! Danny, our guide, was informative and has a great sense of humour. The places in the tour are a must see! Really superb experience that I'd come back someday and do the tour again!

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What people are saying about Bournemouth

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 94 reviews

It was on-time and a very pleasant boat ride. Our "skipper" did an excellent commentary with some lighthearted humour. The only negative comment is that the kiosk is now blue and not red (been this way for a year or so they say) and that we did not need to exchange our vouchers. All they did was view the QR codes visually on my phone. Overall - very happy.

One of the best experiences. The tour guy Jerry was amazing, he told us so many interesting stories, the nicest and polite person! The weather was absolutely amazing. Just loved every second. It was our second wedding anniversary and even thought we came back all covered in dust and dirt we were so happy. Highly recommend! Kamila & Ryan

A lovely way to see around Poole harbour with the added bonus of a flyby from the red arrows. A throughly enjoyable experience!

Beautiful sunny day The captain and commentator was excellent Whitby and full of valuable knowledge

Make sure to wear your comfort shoes to enjoy the view, as it needs long walks.