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Poole
Dorset, BH151HJ
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Hop aboard an award-winning cruise from Poole and see the world-famous Jurassic Coastline as you’ve never seen it before!

Explore Europe’s largest natural harbour, pass the amazing chalk rock formations that comprise OId Harry Rocks and discover the charming seaside resort of Swanage, a trip by boat is one of the most relaxing parts of a holiday.

For a special day out, step back in time with a steam train ride from Swanage and enjoy fairy-tale Corfe Castle, dating back to the 11th century.

On board, the open-air deck makes the most of the panoramic sea views, relax with a coffee or glass of wine from the fully-stocked bar and enjoy the Captain’s commentary on the fascinating Dorset landmarks and sights. Spot puffins, seabirds and even pods of dolphins at Old Harry Rocks Handfast Point, an evening bird-watching cruise is magical!

Celebrating a birthday, getting married or looking for a work party venue? Charter a cruise for a private event, packages include on-board catering, entertainment and drinks, allowing you to dance the night away while sailing past Brownsea Island, Studland and the millionaire’s row that is Sandbanks.

CITY CRUISES 2024 EVENTS 

Harbour & Islands Circular Cruise
Enjoy views over Brownsea Island, Sandbanks peninsula, Millionaire’s Row and more on this 70 minute sailing. Sailings start again from Saturday 10th February. Save 25% on winter tickets with code ‘winter25’ valid until 31st March 2024.

Poole-Swanage Sightseeing Cruise
Drink in the views from stunning Poole Quay before boarding your one-hour cruise to the Victorian resort of Swanage where you will be sailing past Brownsea Island, the beaches of Studland, Old Harry Rocks and the Jurassic Coast cliffs. Sailings start again from Saturday 30th March until Thursday 31st October 2024.

Poole Jurassic Circular Cruise
Absorb more than 185 million year’s of history along the Jurassic Coastline, taking a leisurely cruise of over two hours to Swanage and back to Poole Quay. Sailings start again from Saturday 30th March until Thursday 31st October 2024.

Swanage Jurassic Circular Cruise
Embark on a sailing around Poole, the Jurassic Coast and Swanage for the best photo opportunities on this coastline. Sailings start again from Saturday 30th March until Thursday 31st October 2024.

Harbour Lights Cruise
Set sail on a summer evening to watch amazing sunset views across Europe’s largest natural harbour and on to Swanage enjoying on-board drinks and commentary.

Fish and Chips Cruise

Join us for the great British tradition of fish & chip with City Cruises Poole. With delightful bites and stunning scenery of the Poole Harbour, your time on the water is a welcome retreat from land. While you feast, listen to our local skipper share their favourite sights and historical anecdotes while relaxing background music plays. Sailings through Easter and Summer Holidays

Sea Train Adventure
Cruise along to Swanage, stroll around the town’s shops and tea rooms before boarding the Swanage Steam Railway then return for a relaxing hour’s sail back to Poole. Sailings start again from Saturday 30th March until Thursday 31st October 2024.

Bus and Boat
Have the best of both worlds! Hop on and off the City Sightseeing Bus around Poole and Bournemouth and also enjoy a cruise from Poole Quay, all in one ticket

Valentine’s Day Afternoon Tea (Saturday 17th February)

Join us on Valentines Day for a delicious afternoon tea with a view. Sit back and relax as you enjoy all of the picturesque views that Poole Harbour has to offer and enjoy your time on the water with your significant other in style. 

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea (Sunday 10th March)

Show your mum just how much you care this Mother's Day with a special afternoon tea cruise, whilst sailing around Poole Harbour.  Enjoy the sights of Brownsea Island, Sandbanks Peninsula and more, as you indulge in a three tier afternoon tea stand, filled with freshly baked scones, hand crafted cakes & specially made sandwiches brimming with local produce! All will be served by our friendly waiters, as you fill up on unlimited tea and coffee, and of course a free glass of prosecco for your mother.

Elvis Cruise

Come and see the king on a three hour evening cruise around Poole harbour and the start of the Jurassic Coast. Admire the beautiful scenery of Brownsea Island, Sandbanks peninsula, Studland Bay and more as the award winning Elvis tribute act, Garry Foley takes you back to the rock’n’roll days. With a dance floor available in the top saloon and a fully stocked licensed bar downstairs you’re guaranteed a top evening of music, drink, meal and scenic views. Sailing on the 22nd March, 30th May, 5th July 2024

Birdwatching Cruise

Departing during the puffin nesting season from Poole Quay and Swanage Pier. Join us for a spectacular evening cruise along the eastern tip of the Jurassic Coast to Dancing Ledge and back. Whether you're a bird enthusiast or not, this cruise is breathtaking and informative to all ages.  Enjoy panoramic views of sky, sea and sand from our open air decks, giving you the best picture opportunities. Take advantage of our lounge area in the lower saloon to sit back and relax as you catch up with friends and family with a locally brewed cider. Also as you sail past the spectacular chalk formations and popular nesting locations for Puffins you will be given a full commentary from Durlston Country Park Rangers

Summer Fireworks Cruise – July / August – Dates TBC

Overview: Join us for the best seats in the house as you sail through Europe's largest natural harbour past Brownsea Island, Sandbanks Peninsula, Studland Bay and more. Enjoy panoramic views of sky, sea and sand from our open deck seating before positioning yourself to watch the magnificent firework display with the glowing night lights of Poole Quay in the background. A great way to spend an evening with your family and friends. We also offer an express service that leaves slightly later than our normal sailing to give more of you the chance to watch the magnificent display on the water. On this cruise you will also see part of Poole harbour before finding a comfortable position to sit and watch the display before returning back alongside the Quay.

Schedule: Departs at 20:15, boards 15 minutes prior to departure . Return to Harbour: 10.15pm

Includes: Cruise, Fully licensed bar, Fireworks viewing position in Poole Harbour

Fireworks Cruise, Tuesday 5th November (this one can be moved to the bottom of the list)

Overview: Join us for the best seats in the house as you sail through Europe's largest natural harbour past Brownsea Island, Sandbanks Peninsula, Studland Bay and more. Enjoy panoramic views of sky, sea and sand from our open deck seating before positioning yourself to watch the magnificent firework display with the glowing night lights of Poole Quay in the background. A great way to spend an evening with your family and friends.

Schedule: Departure will be at 7:00pm for a return of 8:15pm after the fireworks

Includes: Cruise, Fully licensed bar, Fireworks viewing position in Poole Harbour

Festive Harbour Cruise

Enjoy views over Brownsea Island, Sandbanks peninsula, Millionaire’s Row and more on this 70 minute sailing. Complimentary glass of mulled wine and a mince pie or hot chocolate and biscuit for children. Sailings start from 1st December.

Christmas Party Cruise
Every Friday and Saturday evening in December up to 21st December hop on board City Cruises Christmas Party Cruise, enjoy a glass of mulled wine, two course festive meal and dance the night away to Christmas classics enjoying views of Brownsea Island, Sandbanks and Millionaire’s Row

Sail with Santa
Every Saturday and Sunday in December up to 22nd December plus Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th December – Sail with Santa himself!

Christmas Lights Cruise
Join us as we celebrate the Poole Christmas Maritime Light Festival on the water. Throughout this magical Christmas festival we will be running daily 30 minute long boat trips on our magical lit up boats. Every Thursday, Friday & Saturday evening from 28th November to 28th December

For more information on our boat cruises please see https://www.cityexperiences.com/poole/city-cruises/

Private Charters – looking for a venue for a corporate party, meeting, birthday, wedding, anniversary or any other celebration, then why not consider private hire of a City Cruises boat for a unique and memorable event. Or if you prefer a land based venue then look no further than Hennings Events on Poole Quay. Or have the best of both worlds and combine a boat trip with a party in Hennings!

Hennings Monthly Market, Poole Quay

Open on the first Saturday & Sunday of each month from April until September. Come and meander in our inside venue and meet many local crafts people, jewellery makers, caterers, clothing and much more. Open from 10am until 5pm.

Hennings Christmas Market, Poole Quay

Come to Hennings Christmas Market on Poole Quay for the ultimate shopping experience for Christmas Presents and decorations. Open every Saturday and Sunday throughout December from 10am to 5pm. Local crafts people, jewellery, caterers, clothing and much more. Perfect opportunity to buy those quirky Christmas presents!

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