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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.

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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What people are saying about Swanage

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 484 reviews

We had a wonderful trip! Very polite and efficient crew and the Captain was very knowledgeable, providing us with lots of interesting facts and information about the local sights. We felt safe at all times and the Captain made great decisions regarding the weather and choppiness of the sea. We were fortunate enough to catch the Swanage air display whilst on our cruise which was a lovely added bonus! We are looking to book another trip again soon.

We had a fantastic trip on your boat, the weather was beautiful and the sea swell was good,very informative narrative. My granddaughter’s loved it.l would recommend it to anyone wanting the thrill of the high seas & having a couple of hours to spare. Definitely worth the money & plan to take our next visitors on on the same trip!

A lovely way to spend a couple of hours. Blew the cobwebs away whilst seeing some lovely sights. Thoroughly recommend the fireworks cruise also. It was amazing. I’ve been coming to this coast for 40+ years and have never done this Excellent job city cruises

great little trip. boat was empty at 9.15 - I don't think this sail is advertised very well but we enjoyed it and the next sail looked packed. go for early one to get choice of seating the boat to yourself

Really enjoyed our trip, picked a lovely day for it too! not too busy and crew were lovely. Great commentary from captain too! Definitely recommend and we will be back.