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City Cruises Poole

The Quay
BH15 1HJ

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Telephone:+44 020 77 400 400 / 07483 005956

Solent Scene boat cruise

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult tickets£10.00 per ticket
Family ticket (1 adult + 3 children)£15.00 per ticket
Family ticket (2 adults + 3 children)£25.00 per ticket
Under 17's tickets£5.00 per ticket

Prices listed are for Harbour and Islands Cruise in 2017.

Children under 5 years old travel free.

Charge for dogs and bikes.

Special group rates available.

Book online and save 10% on all sightseeing tickets: Tickets can also be purchased at City Cruises Poole ticket office at Poole Quay/Swanage Pier or call +44 (0)20 77 400 400.


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Recent Reviews:

  • Annette C
    Dorchester, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Santa boat cruise... excellent
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 20th December 2017
    We booked this a month or two ago for myself, son Sam, friend and her son. On a beautiful cold winters day we went yesterday. It was marvellous. Despite the few numbers on the boat, the entertainer... Read full review
  • rachaelann2016
    Hornchurch, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Great experience!
    4 of 5 stars
    Monday, 16th October 2017
    Used CityCruisesPoole boat to Swanage. There is seating upstairs and downstairs. Beautiful scenery during the trip. Guide was funny and friendly. There is a bar on board. An amazing experience. Read full review
  • Catherine A
    Farnborough, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Birthday Cruise
    4 of 5 stars
    Monday, 2nd October 2017
    I spent a lovely day with my family on a trip to Swanage. A very informative trip thanks to the crew. Really lovely scenery.They also serve refreshments.We spent a couple of hours at Swanage before... Read full review

Special Offers

  • Treat someone to a cruise of Poole Harbour

    The Quay, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1HJ

    Date: 17th March 2018 - 25th March 2018

    Sail along the beautiful Poole Harbour on the weekend with this two-for-one offer

    Take a cruise with us around in Europe's largest natural harbour, 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 harbour.

    Fronting onto beautiful scenery it helped inspire classics like Lord of the Rings.

    Find out how you can book by visitng their website


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  • City Cruises Poole

Map & Directions

Public Transport Directions


In Poole the boats moor at the Quay, very close to Poole Pottery. For SatNav the post code is BH15 1HJ.

Look for the Red City Cruises kiosk at Poole Quay.

If you are parking a car then you will find Quay Visitors Car Park most popular -  Sat Nav BH15 1SB


Boats depart from Swanage Pier - Pier Approach, Swanage, Dorset BH19 2AW

To plan your journey by public transport contact Traveline on 0871 200 2233 or visit their website: to look up bus timetables. Calls cost 12p per minute plus your phone company's access charge.


Key Features

  • Families
  • Groups
  • Weddings

Children & Infants

  • Accept children (Minimum age) - no minimum age applies

Parking & Transport

  • Car parking - Swanage: near Swanage Pier Poole: Quay Visitors Car Park - Sat Nav BH15 1SB
  • On Bus Route


  • Bar - fully stocked bars serving a range of hot and cold refreshments and light snacks
  • Packed lunch available - Picnic box available for extra charge.

Payment Methods

  • Maestro accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Visa accepted

Establishment Features

  • Accept coach parties - pre-booking required.
  • Dogs Accepted - on lead. Charge applies.
  • Event venue - The Solent Scene and Island Scene, Dorset's premier vessels are available for private hire
  • Toilets
  • Welcome single sex groups, eg stag/hen parties

Travel & Trade

  • Group discounts available - 10% discount for groups of 20+ people.
  • Packed lunches available

Opening Times

Summer 2018 (1 April 2018 - 29 October 2018)

* Check our website for Winter sailings.


Saturday, 30th December 2017 - Friday, 30th March 2018

Wading birdsWinter Birdwatching CruisesNature does not hibernate on Brownsea Island! Put on your hat, scarf and gloves and take this incredible two hour birdwatching cruise. We sail from Poole Quay up through the harbour towards the lagoon on Brownsea Island where there is up to 1.500 Avocet and 20 Spoonbill. Out on the water we can...
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