Boat Trips

Passenger Boat Trips

A full programme of passenger trips to and from Swanage Pier is available throughout the summer months. Passenger boat trips are operated by City Cruises Ltd.

These range from full-day cruises along the Jurassic Coast to shorter trips to view spectacular Old Harry Rocks and into Poole Harbour.  The popular Sea Train Adventure combines a relaxing cruise from Poole Harbour into Swanage and then steam train to Corfe Castle, where you will have time to explore the ruins of Corfe Castle before your return into Poole Harbour.  Check Swanage Railway website for train times

The boats have wide open decks, comfortable lounges and washrooms aboard. A fully licensed bar serving hot and cold beverages, beers, wines, snack and soft drinks.

For timetables or more information please contact City Cruises. You can book direct with the boat operator or via the Tourist Information Centre.


Full details of special Swanage Pier Summer Boat Cruises can be found on our Events page.

Waverley Paddle Steamer Trips

Summer sailings from Swanage Pier aboard the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world. Magnificently restored with towering tunnels, timber decks and gleaming varnish and brass. Built in 1947, this wonderful vessel offers regular trips calling at various ports around the UK.


Passenger Access

Access to ships for sailings from Swanage Pier is from the lower pier deck, via a small flight of eight open steps.  Passengers should please consider this when making their arrangements for sailings to or from Swanage Pier.