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Poole Harbour and Island Cruise from Poole

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Dorset, United Kingdom
Poole Harbour and Island Cruise from Poole

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icon1 hour 15 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English


Get acquainted with the seaside splendor of Poole during a cruise around Europe’s largest natural harbor from Poole. Climb aboard the boat and enjoy spectacular views of the famous Sandbanks. Listen to illuminating commentary from your knowledgeable captain as you sail from the picturesque town of Poole. Hear of how Poole Harbour was formed in the last ice-age and absorb the tranquility of the ocean before returning to Poole Quay.  
  • Sightseeing cruise around Poole Harbour from Poole Quay
  • See impressive maritime sights like the Brownsea Island
  • Listen to interesting commentary about the history of Poole from your knowledgeable captain
  • Revitalize with snacks and hot drinks at an onboard bar
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Live commentary on board
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

The Quay, Poole BH15 1BQ, UK

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
After selecting a departure time to suit your schedule, climb aboard your awaiting boat at Poole’s quaint quayside and set sail on the calm waters of Europe’s largest natural harbor. Receive an interesting introduction to the history and geology of the region from your knowledgeable captain as you sail towards Brownstone Island, home to the impressive Corfe Castle.

Capture panoramic views of the opulent houses of Sandbanks and the picturesque islands of Poole Harbour as you sail. Gaze at the glittering surface of the Blue Lagoon from a comfortable seat on the top deck, or relax with a cup of fragrant tea in the heated saloon area.

When your cruise comes to an end, return to Poole Quay and continue exploring the town independently.  
Pass By:  
Brownsea Island
Sail past historic Brownsea Island and it's Castle. Home to the Red Squirrel and incredible wildlife, you will get a taste for nature.
Pass By:  
Sandbanks Beach
Set sail past the golden beaches of Sandbanks and its famous Millionaire's Row. Get an up close view of the stunning homes belonging to the Sandbanks area, and the picturesque surrounding views.
Pass By:  
Poole Harbour
Sail through Europe's largest natural harbour on this cruise, where you will learn all about it's history and see the surrounding islands that call Poole Harbour home.
Stop At:  
City Cruises Poole
Return to Poole Quay, where you can explore the other cruises we offer at City Cruises Poole.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City Cruises

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

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Poole Harbour and Island Cruise from Poole?
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Poole Harbour and Island Cruise from Poole?
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Poole Harbour and Island Cruise from Poole?
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Poole Harbour and Island Cruise from Poole.
What is the maximum group size during Poole Harbour and Island Cruise from Poole?
This activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Poole Harbour and Island Cruise from Poole.

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  • "It was a very rainy day, but still an excellent trip." See review


122 Reviews

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Value for money
, Jul 2021
What a lovely boat trip, great value for money, I would definitely recommend. The crew were friendly and The captain had lots of knowledge and made it interesting.
Grandchildren’s first voyage
, Jul 2021
A lovely experience with our two grand children. The scenery was beautiful. Facilities on board were good.
Great historical local info
, Jul 2021
Our captain gave such an interesting commentary whilst we cruised around the bay. It was fascinating to learn so much about the area. The history and who had lived there, Including many famous authors. The good weather helped and the cold drinks from the bar just completed the experience. Really good value for money and just the right length of time. I t was so easy to book online but a nuisance that we still had to wait inline at the quayside for 20 mins. At least it was dry
Excellent, well worth the money.
, Jul 2021
Lovely crew, great boat and good commentary. All of us really enjoyed it. Great view of sandbanks and good facilities on board.
Very enjoyable
, Jun 2021
Nice to be able to view more of the area by boat and learn some history as well. Enjoyable experiance. Would recommend to friends and family
Poole Harbour island cruise
, Jun 2021
The views were beautiful, polite staff,well turn out boat. It was a shame the trip was slightly less than an hour( advised as 70 minutes!!) Also could not hear the commentary over the engines even though we sat less than half a meter from on of the speakers.
Lovely Boat Trip
, Jun 2021
Very organised and informative. We had a lovely trip out around the harbour and sandbanks and really enjoyed ourselves. Great value for money
Very enjoyable trip
, Jun 2021
Departed on time. Interesting commentary. Shame sun stopped shining but didnt spoil trip Sat inside and could buy drinks
, May 2021
Poole Harbour is very close to my heart. Lovely trip every year x Recommend to you all Xtcycuvivibonlnj ubib
Very good
, May 2021
Enjoyed the cruise. Very informative. The skipper pointed out the islands. The boat was neat and staff were friendly.

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