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From Poole: Round-trip Jurassic Coastal Cruise to Swanage

1. From Poole: Round-trip Jurassic Coastal Cruise to Swanage

Discover the impressive Jurassic Coast on a cruise through Dorset. See Round Island, marvel at the iconic chalk formations on the coast, and learn fascinating facts about the area from live commentary onboard. Begin your trip at Poole Harbour and board an open deck boat with seating and comfortable saloons. From here, start your journey through 185 million years of history along the Jurassic Coastline. As you cruise, pass some of Dorset's most famous landmarks. See 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. Sail by Dorset's small islands, including Furzey, Long, Green, and Round Islands, as you make your way to Swanage. Once reaching Swanage, head back towards Poole and capture the perfect picture of the famous chalk formations from the boat's outer deck.

From Bournemouth: Jurassic Coast & Isle of Purbeck Day Tour

2. 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.

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4.7 / 5

based on 644 reviews

The guide Paul accompanied us on this tour and was never at a loss for a little joke, which made for a pleasant atmosphere. In addition, explanations were given again and again, it was at a comfortable level and you weren't exposed to noise all day long. Nature speaks for itself. Beautiful coasts. In my opinion it is worth taking the 10 hour tour as it gives you more time for the activities and you can see more coasts. In between there are always small breaks in which you can move freely. I can recommend it with a clear conscience!

Though the day started with gloomy sky and rain poured, our guide, Paul Knight did a fantastic job. He was absolutely knowledgeable, warm and friendly. The scenery was absolutely magnificent.

Paul was a wonderful and knowledgeable guide. We thoroughly enjoyed the day. The sights and views were breathtaking and more than we bargained for. This trip was worth every penny and more.

Very happy to see the Jurassic Coast and excellent commentary. The boat was not crowded and plenty of space. Overall excellent experience and will recommend to my friends.

Lovely trip. Very picturesque. Staff very friendly and commentary informative