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Jurassic Coastal Cruise from Swanage or Poole

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Jurassic Coastal Cruise from Swanage or Poole

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Settle in for a round-trip cruise from Poole to Swanage, and see the renowned Jurassic Coast from the water. As you listen to the captain’s commentary, gaze out at the sights of Poole Harbour, Sandbanks, and Brownsea Island. Travel along the UNESCO-listed Jurassic Coast, learn about its geology, and look out for key landmarks such as Old Harry Rocks and Studland Bay.
  • 2-hour round-trip Jurassic Coast cruise from Poole
  • Cruise through Poole Harbour and past Sandbanks
  • Look out at Brownsea Island and its striking castle
  • See the UNESCO-listed Jurassic Coast from the water
  • Learn about Old Harry Rocks from the captain’s commentary
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  • Poole Quay , The Quay, Poole BH15 1HJ, UK

    If travelling on a Poole Jurassic Coastal Cruise, please go to Poole Quay and look for the blue kiosk, for City Cruises Poole.

  • Swanage Pier , Swanage Pier, Swanage BH19 2AP, UK

    If travelling on a Swanage Jurassic Coastal Cruise, please go to Swanage Pier and look for the white kiosk, for City Cruises Poole.

  • This activity will end right where it started.
    Head to Poole Quay at 10:30am, 1pm, or 3:45pm, and then step aboard your boat for your cruise.

    Make yourself comfortable, and listen to your captain’s commentary as you cruise through Poole Harbour, admiring views of Brownsea Island with its 16th-century castle. Look out over the manmade Blue Lagoon, and gaze at the plush houses of Sandbanks — a sought-after neighborhood that lines the coast.

    Now out on the open sea, you’ll cruise onward along the Jurassic Coast, England’s first natural UNESCO World Heritage Site. Renowned for its prehistoric remains, the coastal area boasts fascinating geological sites such as Old Harry Rocks, Swanage Bay, and Studland Bay.

    After a quick stop at the Victorian pier of Swanage Bay, you’ll cruise back to the start point in Pool where your experience ends.
    Pass By:  
    Jurassic Coast
    Set sail past the eastern tip of the Jurassic Coast. Filled to the brim with history, you will learn all about the stunning rock formations as you breeze past.
    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:  
    Poole Harbour
    Sail through Europe's largest natural harbour on this cruise, where you will learn all about it's fascinating history.
    Pass By:  
    Old Harry Rocks
    Sail past Old Harry Rocks named after the famous pirate Harry Paye. view the rock formation up close as you cruise past this historic landmark.
    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
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Service animals allowed
    • Most travellers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travellers
    • OPERATED BY City Cruises
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    What is the policy on sanitisation during Jurassic Coastal Cruise from Swanage or Poole?
    A:The policies on sanitisation are:

    • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
    • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
    See all safety measures taken by Jurassic Coastal Cruise from Swanage or Poole.
    What is the social distancing policy during Jurassic Coastal Cruise from Swanage or Poole?
    A:The policy on social distancing is:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    See all safety measures taken by Jurassic Coastal Cruise from Swanage or Poole.
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Jurassic Coastal Cruise from Swanage or Poole?
    A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    See all safety measures taken by Jurassic Coastal Cruise from Swanage or Poole.

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    Good cruise to poole
    , Jul. 2022
    It Was good to see sandbanks from the sea and the commentary was very good it was interesting to hear Harry rocks
    Great trip to do
    , Jul. 2022
    Very enjoyable. Very smart, friendly, helpful crew. Interesting commentary. Would certainly do it again. A great 2 hours. Thank you.
    Watch carefully which boat you board.
    , Jun. 2022
    Trip was good, however check carefully that you board the right trip. We booked to go to Swanage, the boats were not marked, we had a QR code and the QR reader was not clear and boarded us on the wrong boat……..
    First rate experience
    , Jun. 2022
    A lovely trip . Weather was perfect . Boat was very clean and crew were very friendly and helpful . Commentary was both interesting , informative and amusing . Thank you for a lovely trip
    Relaxing boat ride with wonderful views
    , Jun. 2022
    Good commentary on local knowledge and enjoyable boat trip. Very calm and comfortable. Facilities were clean and friendly staff on board.
    Very nice trip, good...
    , May 2022
    Very nice trip, good weather, recommended to everyone is good to know the coast of Poole Harbour. Thanks.
    The view of old Harry and...
    , May 2022
    The view of old Harry and the coast line were spectacular and the weather was perfect with calm seas and commentary was very informative
    , May 2022
    This boat trip was very informative and good humoured. The experience was very good and the timings were spot on.
    The views, especially...
    , May 2022
    The views, especially Harry's Rock and cliffs. Very clean and comfortable boat, friendly staff. Good and funny commentary!
    Would be better with no dogs allowed
    , May 2022
    Good trip No dogs please in future They pee on the floor jump on chairs and invade personal space It's not pleasant
    Good experience but a pity about the poor visibility due to bad weather
    , May 2022
    Lovely to be able to see coast and be out on the sea. The commentary was interesting and informative.
    Lovely trip
    , May 2022
    Lovely views and hearing the history of the Jurassic coast was great. Plenty to see and excellent value for money really enjoyable experience
    Very nice trip, team...
    , May 2022
    Very nice trip, team members very nice . Everything was perfect, apart of weather:) You can go outside , on the top of boat.
    Good value boat trip
    , Apr. 2022
    Good value boat trip from Swanage to Poole. Interesting narration en-route and to see Jurassic coast and Sandbanks a bit closer. Would recommend.
    Great 2 hours
    , Apr. 2022
    Great value and really enjoyable. Thank you. Would highly recommend this trip for all ages The price was extremely good value too
    Better to use as a bus service
    , Apr. 2022
    Amusing monologue by Captain but not really a cruise as more of a there and back trip. Boat has seen batter days butt safe and comfortable.
    Amazing Trip
    , Sep. 2021
    Very good customer service and very beautiful place. The crew was very happy to help. Really good experience.
    Wonderful Jurassic coastline
    , Sep. 2021
    As above seeing it from the sea different perspective. Will stop off in Poole next time. Calm and sunny day. Good commentary on board things I did not know.
    1 traveller found this review helpful
    Very comfortable, informative, value for money.
    , Sep. 2021
    A very professional, friendly team, our 2 hour cruise was on a perfect day, calm warm sunny weather, we were welcomed, had everything explained and set off for a fabulous cruise taking in fantastic views, our pilot was superb, very knowledgeable, good presentation throughout, and perfectly clear to hear every word.
    Lovely trip
    , Sep. 2021
    The sun came out for our return journey from Swanage to Poole. Commentary was just right and offered some bits and bobs of interesting facts. Top deck afforded great views. Loved the whole experience. Thanks

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