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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 travelers can participate
    • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
    • 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 canceled 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 sanitization during Jurassic Coastal Cruise from Swanage or Poole?
    A: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
    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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    Moany skipper
    , Aug 2022
    Couldn’t hear your guide kept beeping the horn for too long kept stopping for jet skis and generally moaning at every one
    Lovely trip and scenery....
    , Aug 2022
    Lovely trip and scenery. Some food snacks and drink available on board. Amusing tour guide captain and helpful staff. Worked perfectly for us as one of the party can't currently walk too far so we could appreciate the coastline this way.
    Great trip
    , Aug 2022
    Really good and enthusiastic explanation of the captain during the trip. This cruise was one of few things with a true value for money during our holiday in the UK.
    Great experience to Jurassic Coast
    , Aug 2022
    The staff were helpful and friendly, the views were excellent and the boat ride a steady experience we loved with refreshments on board. We were fully informed throughout the trip with interesting facts and information. As the weather was good we were able to remain outside the boat for most of the journey, when we went inside the decor was lovely with a range of refreshments and friendly staff/hosts.
    Makes for a super day
    , Aug 2022
    Lovely trip, departed on time, excellent narration from skipper. Not really a Jurassic cruise, as you stop at Swanage and come back. Plenty of drinks available, loo, inner deck if the sun is too harsh. All in all very, very pleasant and well worth it.
    Great little boat trip...
    , Aug 2022
    Great little boat trip with lots to see. Thoroughly enjoyed the tongue in cheek no board commentary.
    Lovely day out, but wrong ticket!
    , Aug 2022
    Great trip; however, I purchased the wrong ticket after following the guidance. I needed to buy the Swanage day tripped and not the Jurrasic 2-hour trip. Thus, I had to spend a further £32 to do the Swanage trip. I am out of pocket by £28.50. The people at City Cruises seemed unable to help me because Viator are a third party vendor. I could not let my Grandson down as he was excited about the trip. Otherwise, a great day and good commentary by the Captain there and back. Gary, Poole, Dorset.
    Fantastic trip
    , Aug 2022
    It was such a relaxing and interesting trip . It was great to find out loads of facts about the place you live in
    Very pleasant informative boat trip
    , Aug 2022
    It’s a beautiful stretch of the coastline and a very pleasant informative trip. Friendly staff on board. We learnt lots of interesting facts along the way. Highly recommend.
    It was blue sky with no...
    , Jul 2022
    It was blue sky with no cloud so excellent weather. Enjoyed the cruise and going the extra mile to Alvin Head lighthouse as the sea was calm, much appreciated 👍
    Birthday vibes
    , Jul 2022
    It was just refreshing and my wife love it too as it was her birthday that day too. It was lovely seeing the Poole harbour coastline.
    , Jul 2022
    Great commentary. Good length. Nice staff. Really good day out for my husbands birthday. Will definitely book again.
    Judaic boar trip
    , Jul 2022
    Great information given by the captain on the ship Interesting points given through the trip in both the outbound and in void voyage
    Amazing boat trip
    , Jul 2022
    Beautiful scenery, lovely spacious boat, excellent running commentary and very educational, nice helpful staff
    Purbeck from the sea
    , Jul 2022
    Very enjoyable trip and wonderful views. Great to see the area from the sea for a totally different view.
    Nice, not so jurassic
    , Jul 2022
    Pleasant. The caprain's comment was generally good and interesting but did not fully live up to "Jurassic cruise": not much about the jurassic was mentioned.
    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

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