Poole and the Jurassic Coast

Poole and the Jurassic Coast

3* Thistle hotel overlooking Poole Harbour, Rail journey, Abbotsbury Swannery & Sub Tropical Gardens, Compton Acres Gardens, Poole Harbour Cruise

Monday 1 October

Departing the local area we have a comfort stop before heading to the New Forest and stopping for a lunch break in pretty Lyndhurst.  We will arrive at our hotel, the 3* Thistle Poole, centrally located overlooking the quay, with time to take a wander around the quayside before dinner.


Tuesday 2 October

Today we have the morning at leisure to enjoy the historic town of Poole, with its bustling harbour and renowned Poole Pottery.  We board the coach and take the chain ferry to Sandbanks and onto Swanage for the afternoon, where we board a train and travel past Corfe Castle to Norden where the coach will be waiting to continue the return to Poole.


Wednesday 3 October

This morning we travel to the delightful county town of Dorchester before continuing on to the Abbotsbury Swannery.   This unique natural wildlife habitat has been home to swans since 1040. Here you will have the opportunity to join in the feeding of 600 free-flying swans.  This afternoon we cross to the Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens, established in 1765 and developed since then into a magnificent 30 acre garden filled with rare and exotic plants from all over the world.


Thursday 4 October

This morning we visit Compton Acres, these historic gardens created in the 1920’s by Thomas William Simpson take the form of a necklace of separate gardens, each with its own unique style, but all providing surprise, drama & delight at every turn.  This afternoon we enjoy a cruise from Poole Harbour, taking you around the islands past the beautiful beaches and bays of the Harbour. Cruise right in close to Brownsea Island and its castle while the captain provides an informative commentary, highlighting local points of interest.


Friday 5 October

After breakfast we commence our journey home with suitable stops enroute arriving back late afternoon.


£450 per person sharing a twin/double room

£80 single supplement

Home to home pick up/set down from £25


Price includes:

All coach travel


4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast

Swanage Railway

Poole Harbour Cruise

Admission to Compton Acres


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Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour. Please note some pick up points may not be served on all departure dates.

Name Address Contact Details
Baldock Market Place N/S BALDOCK Bus Shelter, Bus Stop next to Comm Centre
Bishops Sford Interchange BISHOPS STORTFORD Interchange
Station Road Bus Stops
Buntingford The Crown PH BUNTINGFORD The Crown PH Bus Stop
Cambridge Trumpington P&R TRUMPINGTON Park and Ride
Centre Lane Coach Bays 5-7
Great Shelford S GT SHELFORD Ldn Rd/Station Rd Bus Stop Southbound
Harlow Bus Stn Stop 14 HARLOW Bus Station Stop 14
Hitchin S HITCHIN St Mary's Square. Opposite Car Park
Letchworth Station Rd S LETCHWORTH Bus Stop, Station Road next to Arcade
Melbourn Car Park S MELBOURN High St Next to Car Park
Vicarage Close Bus Stop
Newport Stn Rd Bus Stop S NEWPORT ESSEX High St - Bus Stop before Station Rd
Near R & R Saggers shop
Royston Bus Station ROYSTON Bus Station
Royston Melbourn Rd S ROYSTON Bus Stop opp Green Street near Maple Way
Saffron Walden High St S SAFFRON WALDEN High St Bus Stop By Goddards Elect
Sawbridgeworth White L. S SAWBRIDGEWORTH White Lion Bus Stop
Bus Stop outside Budgens before White Lion
Sawston War Memorial S SAWSTON Next to War Memorial Bus Stop
South Mimms South Mimms Services, Coach Bays
Stansted Mountfitchet S STANSTED MOUNTFITCHET Clarence Rd Bus Stop
Near Tesco Express (Prev Barclays Bank)
Stevenage Danestrete K STEVENAGE Matalan Excursions Bus Stop K

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