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Poole Harbor and Islands Cruise

1. Poole Harbor and Islands Cruise

Take a cruise around Europe's largest natural harbor, 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 harbor and the remaining islands: Green, Furzey, Long and Round. Fronting onto beautiful scenery it helped inspire classics like Lord of the Rings and Gulliver's Travel. 

Bournemouth: Upside Down House Entry Ticket

2. Bournemouth: Upside Down House Entry Ticket

The Upside Down House is a house that is literally upside down! We offer visitors the opportunity to capture many memorable and surreal photos and videos that they can flip upside down which they share on their socials and messaging platforms like Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and WhatsApp. It is an experience to share in real time with friends and family. Equally enjoyed by kids or grown-ups! Each location is unique, with its own identity. We ensure this is reflected in the houses people visit, by designing and decorating it differently – mixing the old with the new. This allows friends and families to have a fun, enjoyable experience as part of their day out.

From Bournemouth: Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door Trip

3. 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.

Bournemouth: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

4. Bournemouth: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Experience the beautiful British coastline with the Bournemouth hop-on hop-off tour. Ride an open-top double-decker tour bus on a 1.5-hour loop through the Dorset coastline to discover the beautiful seaside towns of Bournemouth and Poole. Stop at Poole Quay and explore the variety of shops, parks, restaurants, and theatres, as well as buzzing nightlife. The onboard commentary points out the main sights and attractions of each city, all accessible from the 22 conveniently located stops along the bus route. There are plenty of things to do in Bournemouth and Poole. A double-decker bus is a perfect way to explore the picturesque British seaside and the phenomenal beaches, parks, and shops of Bournemouth and Poole are all easily accessible from the tour route's wandering path down the coastline. Bournemouth Tour Stops: A. Bournemouth Station - Stand K A. East Overcliff Drive 1. Bournemouth Pier - Behind Hot Rocks 2. Bournemouth Square - Gervis Place Stand X 3. West Cliff Savoy Hotel 4. Westbourne - Camden Bar 5. Branksome Chine 6. Canford Cliffs - Loch Fyne 7. Sandbanks Beach: Shore Road 8. Sandbanks Beach: Pavilion 9. Sandbanks Peninsular: Ferry Approach 10. Sandbanks Beach: opposite Pavilion 11. Sandbanks Beach: opposite Shore Road 12. Lilliput Village: Lilliput Square 13. Whitecliff Recreation Ground 14. Poole Park: Park Gates East 15. Poole Quay & Old Town: Thistle Hotel 16. Baiter Park 17. Poole Park 18. Ashley Cross: Parkstone Railway Station 19. Penn Hill 20. Westbourne 21. The Triangle 22. Bournemouth Square (Stand LL)

From Bournemouth: Jurassic Coast & Isle of Purbeck Day Tour

5. 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.

Bournemouth Pier: PierZip Entrance Ticket

6. Bournemouth Pier: PierZip Entrance Ticket

Feel the thrill of flying through the air and over waves with this entrance ticket to the PierZip ride in Bournemouth. The PierZip is the world’s first pier to shore zip wire, boasting a 250-meter dual zip wire. Challenge your friends and family on the dual zip, riding alongside them to race to shore. Launch from the Zip Tower platform 25 meters above the sea, and race out and “zip surf” 250 meters over the top of the waves to land on the beach. Embark on a truly unique and unforgettable experience, and a wonderful way to experience the amazing, panoramic view of Bournemouth and its stunning coast line.

UK/Europe: eSim Mobile Data Plan

7. UK/Europe: eSim Mobile Data Plan

Stay connected with an eSIM mobile data plan for use in the UK and Ireland. Get a plan for 43 European countries if you like. Choose from different data volumes to suit your needs. Use hotspot sharing if needed. Benefit from high speed data with technical support if needed. Check that your device is eSIM compatible and lock-free, then buy it and download the QR code. Print the code, or display it on another device, then scan it to activate. Make sure you have WiFi or internet access before you activate the plan. Connect to the internet and stay in touch with friends. Follow the troubleshooting guide in your voucher if you cannot connect to the internet. Use the technical support if needed, and make sure you have data roaming turned on. If you need more data, you can purchase another plan to top up so you can continue using it. Network coverage for 43 European regions: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Jersey, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovak, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, and Vatican City.

Bournemouth: RockReef Indoor Clip ‘n Climb Entry Ticket

8. Bournemouth: RockReef Indoor Clip ‘n Climb Entry Ticket

Challenge yourself to 25 unique Clip ‘n Climb walls at the RockReef Activity Center in Bournemouth with your Clip n' Climb tickets. Take the Stairway to Heaven climbing challenge that provides varying degrees of exciting challenges to suit every age and ability from 4 to 94. Upon arrival at the center, receive safety training with an induction of up to 30 minutes. Enjoy copious amounts of fun whilst pushing and testing your agility, confidence, climbing, and problem-solving skills. Choose from a range of indoor climbing walls, with each wall creating a different challenge  – whether it be testing your speed, deciding on the quickest or hardest route to navigate, or deciding how to grip the hold and distribute your body weight. If you’re feeling competitive, race your friends on the "Speed Climb" with nothing but 2 identical walls, a clock, and your climbing skills between you. Try to get on the leaderboard by being the fastest climber of the day.

Poole: Old Harry Rocks and Corfé Castle Guided E-bike Tour

9. Poole: Old Harry Rocks and Corfé Castle Guided E-bike Tour

Your Dorset holiday has just become a lot more fun with our Guided Electric Bicycle tours. As easy to ride as a conventional bike, your electric bike will take you to some of the best sites and around the Jurassic Coast, sweat-free, relaxed and at an easy pace. For a fun day out, a guided electric bike tour is one of the most fun things you can do. Grab a helmet and head off with our experienced guide to explore. Our hire bikes are so much fun you won’t be able to stop smiling. As soon as you feel the bike doing the hard work you’ll realise this has to be the best way to see the area. Most people comment they had as much fun riding the electric bike as they did seeing the sites! We have a number of suggested day trips for you and because our bikes require so little effort, you’ll be able to see much more of the area than you would with conventional bike hire. Itinerary Start At:Poole Harbour, Poole England Stop At: Sandbanks, Poole, UK We will have a quick stop to take in the lovely views of the beach with its golden sand, stretching for over 10km to Christchurch. Stop At: Studland beach and Nature Reserve, Ferry Road National Trust Area, Studland We will see the beach and the nature reserve while cycling past it and stoping for some photos. Stop At: Old Harry Rocks We will make our way to Harry's Rock from the Obelisk while looking all over Swanage and Poole Harbour, one of the highest points with magical views. Stop At: Corfe Castle, Corfe Castle, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset, England Corfe Castle - We will make our way from Harry's Rock back to Studland and all the way through the Forrest to Corfe Castle. Stop At: Poole Harbour, Poole England We will travel back passing Poole Harbour and Park stopping for some photos. Pass By: Bournemouth, Bournemouth, Dorset, England Season depending we will cycle on Bournemouth Promenade too Sandbanks.

Bournemouth Scavenger Hunt and Sights Self-Guided Tour

10. Bournemouth Scavenger Hunt and Sights Self-Guided Tour

Get to know Bournemouth at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour. You'll explore the city on foot and get points for solving different types of tasks: Find sights: You will use hints to find the best sights and hidden gems throughout the city. The map function in the app will help you get there. Solve questions: Once you’ve arrived at the place you’re looking for, you’ll be asked questions about the sight. Most of the time, the answers are hidden in signs, pictures, etc. A great and fun way to learn new things about the city. Have fun: During the adventure, you can also expect exciting photo tasks that require a lot of creativity. If you master the snapshots, you will be rewarded with points. Along the way, you’ll reach amazing places like the "Lower Gardens", "Bournemouth Pier", "War Memorial" and many more exciting sights in the neighbourhood. After you book the game, you’ll get a game code via email with instructions on how to play. Head to the “The Square” and use the code to unlock the game in the app. The tour ends at Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum. The experience is not limited in time. You can explore the city at your own pace and take breaks. Just download the Explorial-App, go to the starting point, and you’re ready to start with the game. The tour lasts on average about 1-2 hours.

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What people are saying about Bournemouth

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 812 reviews

Took the children it's something they truly enjoyed so much excitement. As an adult it's entertaining but after a while I would say you get bored quite quickly but what truly sparks the experience is seeing the facial expression of the children. Had 1 teen with me and one toddler

It was an amazing tour. Dorset is heaven on Earth. Special feedback for Paul, he is very knowledgeable and kind guide. Would recommend this trip to everyone who are contemplating if it’s worth it because it totally is.

Well organised trip. You can comfortably do it as a part of day trip from London. Everything was to the point and on time. Our tour guide was George, everything nicely explained by him , definitely recommended tour.

The guide were lovely - knowledgeable and did take care of the tourists.

Great fun. The guide was really helpful and took some great photos!