There is a regular Dorset ferry service to the Channel Islands and onwards to northern France as well as some local ferry services to get you around the county.
Brittany Ferry to Cherbourg from Poole
Brittany Ferries have up to three ferry services per day from Poole to Cherbourg and back again. You have the choice of a high speed ferry taking just over two hours, or a leisurely crossing by cruise ferry. The classic day cruise takes four and a quarter hours and the overnight cruise ferry to France takes six and three quarter hours.
Brittany Ferries “mv Barfleur” operates cheap ferry crossings to France
The bustling town of Cherbourg has been an important naval base since Napoleonic times, and is a popular gateway to the Normandy region of France. Cherbourg is a military, fishing and commercial port, with a yachting marina and the largest artificial harbour in the world. The old part of Cherbourg is centred around the fishing port, and from the Fort du Roule there is a panoramic view over the city. Cherbourg offers a number of attractions including an impressive new aquarium and peace memorials commemorating World War II.
Last minute cheap ferry tickets are often available on these cross channel ferry services. Contact Brittany Ferries (not Britney Ferries as I have seen written!) for details of ferry prices and the latest ferry time table.
Poole port in Dorset is easily accessible with a choice of routes into the town. Excellent trunk road access allows you to arrive from anywhere in the UK with ease.
Condor Ferry to St Malo & the Channel Islands from Weymouth & Poole
Enjoy a day trip to the enchanting Channel Islands by catching the Condor Fast Ferry to Jersey or Guernsey.
The ferry to Guernsey only takes two hours from Weymouth (slightly longer from Poole) and the island offers an intriguing mix of British and French influences. You will find secluded bays, breathtaking cliff walks, tranquil gardens, cobbled streets and a wealth of attractions to visit.
The ferry to Jersey takes just three and a quarter hours from Weymouth and the island offers a wonderful historic mix of British and Norman heritage, as well as one of the best sunshine records in the British Isles. This exceptionally scenic and diverse island has 45 miles of stunning coastline, 20 beaches, a 96 mile cycle network and no fewer than 6 golf courses.
A square in the centre of St Malo, France
You can also travel onward from the Channel Islands to the beautiful city of St Malo in France, full of tiny cobbled streets, local craft shops and open markets. St Malo contains a wealth of beautiful buildings and attractions that depict a rich historical tapestry, including the magnificent cathedral, the City History and Wax Museums and the Old Market Hall.
Weymouth’s Condor Ferry Terminal is located in the town centre next to the Pavilion Theatre. Cheap ferry tickets are often available for last minute bookings. Contact the ferry booking office for full information.
The “Bramble Bush Bay” chain ferry crosses the entrance to Poole Harbour between Sandbanks in Poole and Shell Bay at Studland in Swanage. This ferry crossing offers the shortest route between Bournemouth/Poole and Swanage – saving over 25 miles on a return journey compared to travelling by road. The ferry operates daily, weather and other circumstances permitting.
The Mudeford Ferry operates between Mudeford Quay and the beach at Mudeford Sandbank at approximately 12-minute intervals from Easter to late October, weather permitting. If the sun is shining and the wind strength is not too great, the ferry will also operate at weekends during the winter months. The Mudeford Ferry is based at Mudeford, near Christchurch in Dorset.