Boat Trips from Poole Quay

Boat Trips from Poole Quay

There are 3 boat companies offering daily boat trips and harbour cruises from Poole Quay with regular departures (every half hour during the summer months).

As you walk along Poole Quay you will see the colourful ferry kiosks advertising their services and departures times and you might also see one of their boats moored up at the quayside. Most visitors just turn up and book on arrival but you can book in advance on their website if you like to be more organised.

Brownsea Island Ferries – Yellow kiosk – www.brownseaislandferries.com

Greenslade Pleasure Boats – Orange kiosk – www.greensladepleasureboats.co.uk

City Cruises Poole – Red and white kiosk – www.citycruisespoole.com

1. Boat Trips from Poole Quay to Brownsea Island

Take a boat trip from Poole Quay to visit Brownsea Island (journey time 20 minutes each way). This ferry service is operated by Brownsea Island Ferries

Website: https://www.brownseaislandferries.com

There are regular departures throughout the day starting at 10am.

The ferry ticket price doesn’t include the entrance fee to Brownsea Island. Check out our Brownsea Island webpage for more detailed information and admission charges. It is recommended that tickets are booked in advance on the National Trust Brownsea Island website.

Brownsea Island Ferries Ticket Prices

Brownsea IslandReturn
Adult£12.50
Children£7
Family (2A+3C)£32
Family (1A+3C)£19.50
Price subject to change. Price doesn’t include entrance to Brownsea Island. Information last updated 29 May 2022

2. Poole Harbour Cruise

Greenslade Pleasure Boats offer a 1-hour cruise of Poole Harbour. You’ll get to see Brownsea Island but you won’t be able to get off the boat to visit. If you want to visit Brownsea Island then you need to book with Brownsea Island Ferries in conjunction with the National Trust (see above). The cruise also includes a look at the other 4 islands in Poole Harbour as well as enjoying great views of the Isle of Purbeck. On-board commentary is given.

Website: https://www.greensladepleasureboats.co.uk/

Tickets can be booked in advance on the Greenslade Pleasure Boat website

Poole Harbour CruisePrice
Adult£10
Children£5
Price subject to change. This cruise does not stop at Brownsea Island.Information last updated 29 May 2022.

3. Boat Trips from Poole Quay to Wareham

Greenslade Pleasure Boats

Website: https://www.greensladepleasureboats.co.uk

Greenslade Pleasure Boats offer a cruise from Poole Quay to Wareham Quay once a day (from the end of March until October). The cruise take about 1 hour 10 minutes each way with 1 hour 10 minutes at Wareham (Total tour duration 3 hours 30 minutes). The exact departure times will depend on the tides so check their website for details.

Tickets can be booked in advance on the Greenslade Pleasure Boat website

Wareham River TripPrice
Adult£15
Children 5-15 yrs£10
Price subject to change. All prices are for return tickets. One way ticket are available. Information updated 29 May 2022

City Cruises Poole

Website: https://www.citycruisespoole.com

This is a similar service to that offered by Greenslade Pleasure Boats above except that the boat departs in the early evening and there are only a few departures each month.

The cruise take about 1 hour 10 minutes each way with 1 hour 10 minutes at Wareham (Total tour duration 3 hours 30 minutes). The exact departure times will depend on the tides so check their website for details. A fully licensed bar is also available on board.

Tickets can be booked in advance on the City Cruises Poole website

Wareham River CruisePrice
Adult (17+)£12
Children (5-16)£9
Under 5Free
Price subject to change. All prices are for return tickets. Information updated 29 May 2022

Dorset Cruises

Website: https://dorsetcruises.co.uk/

This is a more luxurious river cruise using the beautiful Dorset Queen 1938 vintage motor yacht.

There are only a few departure dates during the summer months so check their website for details. The trips takes around 4 hours with just over an hour ashore at Wareham. The minimum age is 12 years and the bar is open throughout the cruise.

Wareham River CruisePrice
All passengers£22
Price subject to change. All prices are for return tickets. Information updated 29 May 2022. Minimum age 12 years old.

4. Boat Trips from Poole Quay to Swanage

City Cruises Poole

Website:
https://www.cityexperiences.com/poole/

Daily departures April – October

Departures from Poole Quay: 09:15, 10:30, 11:45, 13:00, 14:45 or 15:45

Departures from Swanage Pier: 10:30, 11:45, 13:00, 14:30, 16:00 or 16:45

The boat takes about 1 hour each way.

Advance booking is highly recommended. You can select the date and time of departure and return on their website
https://www.cityexperiences.com/poole/

Ticket TypeSingleReturn
Adult (17+)£14.50£18.50
Child (5-16)£10.50£13
Under 5FreeFree
Dog£2£2
Cycle£2£2
Prices subject to change, check website for up to date information and prices. Last updated 29 May 2022

5. Boat Trips from Poole Quay to the Jurassic Coast

City Cruises Poole

Website:
https://www.cityexperiences.com/poole/

Daily departures April – October
10:30, 13:00 and 15:45* from Poole Quay
* this trip doesn’t stop at Swanage Pier when travelling on Solent Cat.

This is a circular cruise and the boat trip takes around 2 hours 15 minutes. The boat stops at Swanage Pier and some passengers will get off but with this ticket you’ll have to stay on the boat. If you want to get off at Swanage then you need to pay for a Swanage return ticket which is more expensive (see above)

More info at:
https://www.cityexperiences.com/poole/

Ticket TypePrice
Adult (17+)£16
Child (5-16)£11.50
Under 5Free
Dog£2
Cycle£2
Prices subject to change, check website for up to date information and prices. Last updated 29 May 2022

Related Pages: Dorset Boat Trips / Boat Trips from Sandbanks / Boat Trips from Wareham / Boat Trips from Swanage / Boat Trips from Christchurch