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From Bournemouth: Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door Trip

1. 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.

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.

From Bournemouth: Cardiff City Sightseeing Full-Day Trip

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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.

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What people are saying about Dorset

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.

Paul was our tour guide and was such a delight! The commute was about an hour but with his entertainment and facts about the area didn’t really feel like an hour. Definitely money well spent!

Amazing day, so beautiful landscapes , our tour guide John was very friendly and a great guide . I highly recommend the tour !!

It was a smooth sailing day. Everything was perfect just the way it is. This tour will not disappoint your expectations.

Happy with coach trip,and driver men very helpful!many thanks