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From Poole: 2-Hour Jurassic Coastal Cruise

1. From Poole: 2-Hour Jurassic Coastal Cruise

Begin your trip at Poole Harbour and board an open deck boat fitted with seating and comfortable saloons. From here, you will be taken on a journey through 185 million years of history along the Jurassic Coastline. On your cruise pass a number of Dorset's most famous landmarks like the golden beaches of Sandbanks, Brownsea Island, and the Old Harry Rocks, named after a notorious pirate. Enjoy expert commentary from your captains as you glide by. Once reaching Swanage, head back towards Poole and capture the perfect picture of the famous chalk formations from the boat's outer deck.

Poole Harbor and Islands Cruise

2. 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. 

Poole: Harbor Dinner Cruise with Traditional Fish and Chips

3. Poole: Harbor Dinner Cruise with Traditional Fish and Chips

Spend an evening cruising along the southern British coastline while enjoying a traditional fish and chips dinner. Relax as you admire the beauty of Poole, Europe's largest natural harbor, and the surrounding shore. Snap a few photos of the monumental chalk formations of Old Harry Rocks, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, marking the most eastern point of the ancient Jurassic Coast. Pass by Studland Bay, which is famous for wildlife and watersports and also served as the inspiration for children's book author, Enid Blyton's Noddy. Get a glimpse of the luxury beachfront properties and popular beaches along Sandbanks Golden Mile.

Poole Harbour Lights Cruise

4. Poole Harbour Lights Cruise

Experience a relaxing evening cruise around Poole Harbour. Sail from the Poole Quay around the harbor, close to Brownsea Island and its castle, and the luxurious properties on Sandbanks. Relax, unwind and watch the sun go down while you learn about the surrounding islands and more from your captain through their live commentary. While onboard, enjoy a drink from the fully licensed bar and take in the beautiful scenery of Europe’s largest natural Harbour before returning to Poole Quay where you can enjoy the rest of your evening in one of many great restaurants or bars.

From Bournemouth: Jurassic Coast & Isle of Purbeck Day Tour

5. 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 that give it its name. Entrance to the castle itself not included (Free to NT members). After lunch take a gentle drive along the coast taking in more stunning scenery as you head for an afternoon at Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. Walk down to Man o’ War Rocks and view the magnificent rock arch of Durdle Door, hewn from the Portland limestone beds. Finally, head down to Lulworth Cove and see the famous Lulworth Crumple rock formation in Stair Hole. Hotel pick up request: Please email us to info@discoverdorset.co.uk with your date, booking number and the name and address of your hotel. We will confirm the place and an approximiate time in a reply email, please be 10-15 minutes early and outside.

Poole: Sightseeing Cruise with Afternoon Tea

6. Poole: Sightseeing Cruise with Afternoon Tea

Spend an afternoon sailing along the southern British coastline on a sightseeing cruise from Poole. Enjoy scones, tea, and sandwiches in a traditional afternoon tea as you cruise past Studland Bay, the Jurassic Coast, and the Old Harry Rocks. Head out from Poole Harbor and sail to the monumental chalk formations of Old Harry Rocks, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue cruising down the ancient Jurassic Coast until you reach Studland Bay. Keep an eye out for wildlife around Studland Bay before you reach Sandbanks Golden Mile, a stretch filled with luxury beachfront properties and busy beaches. Indulge a traditional 3-Tier afternoon tea as you sail. Enjoy delicious homemade scones from a Poole Quay cafe, sandwiches filled with local produce, and traditional cakes with unlimited tea or coffee. If you prefer to purchase a beer, glass of wine, or mixed drink, head to the fully-licensed bar.

From Cardiff: Tour of Cardiff Bay and Vale of Glamorgan

7. From Cardiff: Tour of Cardiff Bay and Vale of Glamorgan

Start your guided tour in Cardiff city center. Begin with Cardiff's origins as a Roman garrison, traveling through time to the medieval period and the city's expansion as a global distribution center for coal. Visit Cardiff Bay and the Victorian seaside town of Penarth. Drive through the Vale of Glamorgan and discover ancient burial chambers and hidden villages. Follow the Heritage Coast and don't miss the chance to hunt for fossils, or maybe take a dip in the sea. The tour finishes where it began in Cardiff.

Poole: Sightseeing Cruise with Ploughman's Lunch

8. Poole: Sightseeing Cruise with Ploughman's Lunch

Spend an afternoon on a sightseeing cruise along the southern British coastline while enjoying a traditional Ploughman's picnic lunch. Relax as you admire the beauty of Poole, the Jurassic Coast, and Studland Bay. After boarding, sail out into the harbor and head down the ancient Jurassic Coast. Snap a few photos of the monumental chalk formations of Old Harry Rocks, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as you cruise. Pass by Studland Bay, famous for its wildlife and watersports. See the landscape that inspired children's book author Enid Blyton to create the famous character Noddy. Get a glimpse of the luxury beachfront properties and popular beaches along Sandbanks Golden Mile. As you cruise, enjoy a delicious Ploughman's lunch made with local produce. If you like, visit the fully stocked bar and wash down your meal with a local beer or cocktail. Once you've finished, take a stroll on the top deck and enjoy the live commentary of the sights.

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What people are saying about Jurassic Coast

The actual cruise was brilliant with a live commentary from the captain pointing out the sights along the way and generally promoting Dorset in a positive light. The down side for me was locating which boat to get on in the first place! Your e Mail told us to look for a Red Ticket Kiosk - it’s BLUE !!!! and I had walked passed it and some before we realised, not good when you need to use a stick and walking is difficult. Please update your info.

Wonderful trip. Beautiful scenery and an amazing experience Fantastic staff - really caring and attentive to my elderly mum Great commentary Good facilities Everything was perfect!

Nice boat with option of drinks hot and cold on board toilets and very knowledgeable captain

Wonderful experience on our wedding anniversary. Worth trying when in Poole.

it was fascinating to see the Old Harry rocks and coastline from the sea;