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Poole Harbor and Islands Cruise

1. 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. 

From Bournemouth: Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door Trip

2. From Bournemouth: Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door Trip

Discover some of the most scenic coastline in southern England on a bus trip from Bournemouth. Travel along the famous Jurassic Coast, via Poole Harbour and Sandbanks, to experience the nation's only natural UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit both Lulworth Cove and the natural limestone arch of Durdle Door and get plenty of information and maps to help you along the way. Use the time to go for a light nature walk from Durdle Door over the hill to Lulworth Cove and get magnificent views from Hambury Tout. Spend the time at Lulworth Cove if you prefer to give your legs a rest and get a beautiful view of the arch on an optional boat ride from the beach, at your own expense. Benefit from a map highlighting the main features, or feel free to follow your own nose and explore independently. Find a nice cafe or restaurant in the village of West Lulworth or avail of the small shop in the holiday park at Durdle Door.

Bournemouth: Seaside Hop-on Hop-off Tour

3. Bournemouth: Seaside Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Experience the beautiful British coastline with the Bournemouth hop-on hop-off tour. Ride an open-top double-decker tour bus on a 1.5-hour loop through the Dorset coastline to discover the beautiful seaside towns of Bournemouth and Poole. Stop at Poole Quay and explore the variety of shops, parks, restaurants, and theatres, as well as buzzing nightlife. The onboard commentary points out the main sights and attractions of each city, all accessible from the 22 conveniently located stops along the bus route. There are plenty of things to do in Bournemouth and Poole. A double-decker bus is a perfect way to explore the picturesque British seaside and the phenomenal beaches, parks, and shops of Bournemouth and Poole are all easily accessible from the tour route's wandering path down the coastline. Bournemouth Tour Stops: 1. Bournemouth Pier - Behind Hot Rocks 2. Bournemouth Square - Gervis Place Stand X 3. West Cliff Savoy Hotel 4. Westbourne - Camden 5. Branksome Chine 6. Canford Cliffs - Loch Fyne 7. Sandbanks Beach - Shore Road - Tesco 8. Sandbanks Beach - Main Car Park 9. Sandbanks Peninsular - Panorama Road 10. Sandbanks Beach - Harbour Side 11. Sandbanks Beach - Harbour Side opposite Tesco 12. Lilliput Village - Lilliput Square 13. Whitecliff - Whitecliff Recreation Ground 14. Poole Park - Opposite Civic Centre 15. Poole Quay & Old Town - Thistle Hotel 16. Poole Railway Station - Platform 2 Exit Ramp 17. Poole Park - Parkstone Road by Parade of Shops 18. Ashley Cross - Parkstone Railway Station 19. Penn Hill - Penn Hill Corner 20. Westbourne - Opposite The Porterhouse 21. The Triangle - Bournemouth Central Library 22. Bournemouth Square - Moon on the Square (drop off only)23. Bournemouth Pier - Behind Hot Rocks (drop off only)

From Bournemouth: Jurassic Coast & Isle of Purbeck Day Tour

4. 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.

Bournemouth: Golden Tours Hop-on Hop-off Open-Top Bus Tour

5. Bournemouth: Golden Tours Hop-on Hop-off Open-Top Bus Tour

Your Bournemouth hop-on, hop-off bus ticket will ensure you get to explore the area with comfort and ease. Sit back and let your driver do the hard work as you are taken on a journey around the must-see sights of Bournemouth, Poole and the famous peninsular Sandbanks. Hop off at any one of the 24 stops on route to take a closer look at the sights around you. Check out Poole harbour, the largest natural harbour in Europe, with rich maritime history, award winning beaches and lush green gardens. Or take some time to explore the coastline of Bournemouth, and try some English delicacies in between stops. While you tour the areas, we provide on-board commentary for your entertainment and to help you discover the unique and intriguing stories behind the sights.

From Bournemouth: Cardiff City Sightseeing Full-Day Trip

6. From Bournemouth: Cardiff City Sightseeing Full-Day Trip

Meet your guide at Bournemouth Coach Station then jump onboard your air-conditioned coach for the day and sit back and relax as you travel across the rolling countryside towards Wales. Arrive in Cardiff at around 11am and enjoy a guided walking tour of the city center, admiring iconic landmarks and learning about the city’s history along the way. Visit the famous and history-rich Cardiff Castle, as well as other sites such as the National Museum of Wales, City Hall, Principality Stadium, and more. After your walking tour, enjoy some free time to discover the city on your own, find a local eatery for lunch, or shop for souvenirs. You can also head inside the city’s attractions during this time, for an additional fee payable on entry. In the late afternoon, head to the vibrant Cardiff Bay on the south coast, boasting beautiful views of the city skyline. Here you can also see the Millennium Center, Pierhead, and the National Assembly of Wales.

From Bournemouth: Full-Day Sightseeing Tour to Bath

7. From Bournemouth: Full-Day Sightseeing Tour to Bath

Board the bus from Bournemouth Travel Interchange then sit back and relax as you soak up countryside views on the journey to Bath. Arrive in Bath and embark on an insightful guided tour of this charming Georgian city, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Listed location. Travel through the city’s picturesque streets and feel yourself be transported back in time as you listen to your guide share stories about Bath’s rich-history. Highlights of the tour include Bath Abbey and a parish church founded in the 7th century. The tour also passes by the Jane Austen Center, which houses a permanent exhibition of her life and her work, as well as the Royal Crescent, which boasts a curved line of 30 terraced housing showcasing the very best of the city's Georgian architecture. At the end of the guided tour, receive a map of the city and then spend some free time exploring on your own. During this time you can revisit the sights that interest you most, shop for souvenirs of your trip, or find a place for lunch. At the end of an unforgettable full-day experience, enjoy a well-deserved rest on the return journey to Bournemouth.

From Bournemouth: Full Day Trip to London with City Tour

8. From Bournemouth: Full Day Trip to London with City Tour

Leave the beach behind and head for the hustle and bustle of the British capital on a full-day trip from Bournemouth to London. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the capital as you visit the city’s historic monuments, lavish palaces, and luscious parks. Upon arrival in London, enjoy a 90-minute guided walking tour of the city and learn about the capital’s rich-history along the way. As you wander around the city see some of its most famous landmarks and attractions including Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the River Thames, Whitehall, Horse Guards Parade, Downing Street, and more. At the end of the guided tour, enjoy a few hours of free time to explore at your own leisure. Spend some time perusing the shops and window displays on Oxford Street, grab a bite to eat at a local fish and chip shop, visit the iconic Tower Bridge and Tower of London, or enjoy a hop-on hop-off bus or boat ride.

Private Transfer: Bournemouth Town Center to Airport

9. Private Transfer: Bournemouth Town Center to Airport

Travel comfortably and relax as you are transferred privately to Bournemouth airport in a timely manner by a chauffeur. Passengers departing from the hotel need to be checked out and waiting by concierge desk in the lobby at confirmed pick-up time.  The suggested collection times for departure transfers are 3-hours before the flight.  These lead times can be extended or shortened at your discretion by ringing the operations center. Remember to allow for adequate check-in time for your transfers. The driver will meet you at your hotel and provide luggage handling. Arrive at the airport on time and without hassle.

Private Transfer: Bournemouth Airport to City Center

10. Private Transfer: Bournemouth Airport to City Center

Travel in comfort and style between Bournemouth and Bournemouth Town centre on your very own private, chauffeur-driven transfer that is both easily and stress-free. Having cleared customs, you will be greeted by your driver, holding a sign displaying your name at the Arrivals Halls. You will be escorted to your chauffeur-driven car, and your luggage taken care of and loaded into the vehicle. Then you will be driven safely and in comfort to your chosen destination. On arrival, your driver will unload your luggage. Rest assured all flight are tracked therefore we will accommodate for any flight delays and flights set for an early arrival. Arrive at your accommodations in a timely manner and bid your driver farewell.

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What people are saying about Bournemouth

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 451 reviews

Had an unforgettable trip to Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove. Our guide, Paul is an expert and told us lots of stories related to the South Coast. The minibus is comforttable. The scenery at Durdle Door is magic. Try a walk up the hill - a bit exhausting but is well worth the sight.

Great experience going around the harbour and friendly staff . Meeting point isn't at the red hut it's at a blue hut just not been updated on the website

Very enjoyable with stunning scenery around the islands in Poole Harbour and informative commentary. Recommend going.

Best £12 we have ever spent. What a lovely trip that we will do on a regular basis.

It was an excellent and informative trip, even for us as local people