City Cruises has pioneered the creation of the new Dorset Pass, offering access to residents and visitors to ten top attractions in Poole, Bournemouth, Dorchester, Weymouth, Wareham and Swanage. The pass is designed to encourage families and friends to make the most of the excursions available in Dorset, and includes the following attractions:
One of the key activities included in the pass is the Poole Harbour & Islands Circular Cruise with City Cruises Poole. On the 70-minute cruise, passengers will enjoy a leisurely sailing past the Sandbanks peninsula and the beautiful Brownsea Island, which is a National Trust site and the largest of Poole Harbour’s islands. Guests will also get to see Studland Bay whilst the captain gives insightful and informative commentary on the surrounding areas.
Visitors to Poole can now explore the town aboard the new land train, operated by City Cruises. Families, friends and couples can choose from two routes, the shorter of which being the 30-minute Rockley to Poole Quay Tour which takes in the colourful beach huts and other historical sites. The Poole Harbour Tour lasts 45 minutes and passes Poole Park, Baiter Park and many more attractive viewpoints.
Aboard a traditional steam train, passengers can set off on the Swanage Railway and experience a charming journey through six miles of picturesque scenery, passing the magnificent ruins of Corfe Castle and travelling down to the blue flag beach at Swanage.
This model village is situated in the heart of Corfe Castle village on the Isle of Purbeck, within easy reach of Poole, Bournemouth and Weymouth, at the gateway to the Jurassic Coast. Set in an acre of landscaped gardens, it is the ideal place to spend a lazy few hours and visitors will see what Corfe Castle would have looked like prior to its destruction by Oliver Cromwell’s troops during the English Civil War.
Departing from Bournemouth Pier and Poole Quay, hourly every day until Sunday 29th September, the City Sightseeing tour will take holidaymakers to all the main sights with fine views across Poole Bay and Poole Harbour along the way.
Located in Bournemouth, Russell-Cotes comprises of four galleries and East Cliff Hall, which was once the home of Merton (1835-1921) and Annie Russell-Cotes (1835-1920) and was one of the last Victorian buildings ever built.
Sea horses, turtles, otters, jellyfish, penguins and many more species are available to see at Weymouth’s sea life centre. The adventure park also has a Splash Zone and Pool to add to the family-friendly fun.
Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum brings more than 200 years of justice and injustice to life. Visitors will walk in the footsteps of many people whose lives were forever changed in the historic courtroom and will find out what it was like to be held prisoner in the cells.
Located on the Isle of Purbeck, the Blue Pool offers a chance to escape the outside world and to enjoy walks around the magical pool, famous for its ever-changing colours. The varying spectrum of colour is produced by very fine clay suspended in the water which diffracts light in different ways.
Families and groups of friends can embark on a fun-filled Segway tour of Upton Country Park in Poole and take part in team games.
The Dorset Pass is easy to use and is available in e-ticket format, physical pass or instant mobile download on any smartphone device, facilitating the sightseeing opportunities available in the area. Visitors and residents in Dorset simply select how many days they want to use the pass and can then enjoy access to ten attractions in Dorset, saving on multiple ticket purchases, as well as further discounts on food and drink, shopping and travel outlets. You can purchase these passes for either one calendar day, two consecutive days or three days within a six day period.
The pass costs £40 per adult for one day, £50 for two days and £60 for three days. For children, it costs £25 for one day, £35 for two days and £45 for three days.