Boat trips and cruises offer the best way to relax and see an area from a different point of view. Imagine the sun glinting off the waves as you chug along the Jurassic coastline, taking in views of some of the most picturesque areas in the country. Whether you’re popping across to Poole Quay or visiting Brownsea Island there’s so many boat trips Swanage has to offer. With so much choice within a stone’s throw of Ulwell Cottage Caravan Park – here are five of the best. Welcome aboard!
Hop aboard from: Poole, Swanage or Bournemouth
Prices: Adults from £10.50, children from £7, dogs and bicycles welcome for £2
Booking: Available here
With City Cruises you are spoilt for choice. They provide a range of trips from different departure points that allow you to see as much of the area as possible. From Swanage Pier you can either take the 2 hour Jurassic Coastal Cruise or travel to Poole Quay in style on the Poole Day Cruise. With many boat trips that run throughout the year so you can really take advantage whatever the season.
Hop aboard from: Swanage, Bournemouth or Weymouth
Prices: From £29
Booking: Available here, call 0141 243 2224 or buy tickets at selected local outlets
Step back in time and keep up the tradition of exploring the coast by pleasure steamer. The Waverley runs a timetable of special seasonal cruises in September to the Isle of Wight, Lulworth Cove or the seaside town of Weymouth. You can even dine and relax with a drink in the restored period lounges, or simply watch the world go by and enjoy breath taking views.
Hop aboard from: Poole Quay or Sandbanks
Prices: Adults from £7, children from £5, family tickets available. See full tariff.
Booking: Tickets can be purchased from Yellow Kiosk on Poole Quay (BH15 1HJ) and Sandbanks (BH13 7QN) or call 01929 462383
Whether you’re taking a trip to Brownsea Island to visit the red squirrels, want to visit Swanage Bay or fancy a jaunt down to Wareham, these distinctive yellow boats are just the thing. A much-loved part of local history, they’ve been showing off the sights of the area for over 100 years – so you’ll be sure to learn a thing or two along the way.
Hop aboard from: Wareham Quay
Prices: Adults £10, under 12s £5
Booking: None needed, check available dates here.
A relaxing trip filled with old-time elegance, the unique steam-driven paddle steamer takes you down the River Frome and beyond Red Cliff. One of only three working paddle steamers in the UK, these trips are available most weekends from Easter onwards – you can even enjoy a complimentary cup of tea or coffee before you board.
Hop aboard from: Poole Quay
Prices: Adults £13, children £6.50 (family tickets and seniors available too)
Booking: Available online here
This wonderful leisurely trip from Poole to Wareham takes 3.5 hours, including a stop off to explore Wareham. When moored, you’ll be able to visit boutiques, galleries, bistros and pubs and even the only Saxon church in Dorset. With refreshments available on the boat, this is the ideal way to unwind in the sun. Greenslade Pleasure Boats also run Poole Harbour and Swanage Cruises, a Brownsea Island Ferry as well as seasonal specials such as Fish ‘n’ Chip Suppers and Fireworks Cruises.