Poole Ferry Port

Poole ferry port offers sailings to Cherbourg and St Malo in France, and the Channel Islands.

Catch a crossing to Poole ferry terminal on these routes:

Poole Ferry Port

Address (Brittany Ferries): New Harbour Road, Poole, Dorset, BH15 4AJ

Address (Condor Ferries): New Harbour Road South, Poole, Dorset, BH15 4AJ

About Poole

Poole ferry port is located in Dorset on the south coast of England and offers sailings to Cherbourg and St Malo in France as well as to the Channel Islands of Jersey and Guernsey.

Getting to Plymouth Ferry Port

By Car

Driving from the West follow the A35 to Poole & then take A350. Follow signs to Poole Ferry Port / Ferries. Driving from the East follow the A348 from Ferndown or the A35 from Bournemouth. Once in Poole, follow the signs for the ferry.

By Train

Poole Railway Station is centrally situated and is approx a 20-25 minutes walk to Poole ferry Terminal. Taxis are available at most times on the station rank.

By Bus

Poole Bus and Coach Station is situated at the Dolphin Centre and is approx a 20-25 minutes walk to Poole Ferry Terminal.

Poole Ferry Port Facilities

Café/ Bar

There is a snack bar/buffet that opens during ship arrivals and departures (summer season only).

Bureau de Change

A Bureau de Change facility is available inside the terminal building.

Disabled Facilities

The terminal is a single storey building accessible by disabled passengers via a small ramp. Disabled toilets can be found in the terminal and in the car lanes. Porters are available to assist passengers travelling with Condor Ferries. For Brittany Ferries passengers, there is an adapted minibus with a ramp to take disabled foot passengers to and from the ship. Passengers will be taken to the ship's lift, where a member of the crew will be waiting to assist them.

Tourist Information

Tourist information is available a 10 min walk from the Plymouth ferry port.

Parking at Poole Ferry Port

There are short and long term parking facilities opposite the terminal. Caravans cannot be left in the car park but can be parked 'overnight' in the car lanes for a fee. There is 24 hours access to toilet facilities. Please call 01202 440220 for details.

Port information is provided by Eurodrive for guidance only.

More About Poole

Poole Ferry Port, situated 116 miles from London and 171 miles from Birmingham, has excellent road links to the southeast and Midlands. The passenger terminal at the port offers commission-free bureau de change facilities, a left luggage locker facility and car and caravan parking. During the summer a restaurant and bar are open. Poole is an industrial town and a busy commercial port serving both cross channel ferries and cargo vessels. Since 1997 it has also been the administrative headquarters of Poole Unitary Authority in southern England. Poole Harbour, in the Purbeck countryside, is a centre for yachting and one of the world's largest natural harbours. Furzey Island, within the harbour, is part of Wytch Farm, Britain's largest onshore oil development. In addition to tourism, Poole's industries include engineering, boat building and the manufacture of caravans, sail cloth, packaging materials, tiles and pottery from local clay.

Poole History

The rich history of Poole dates from the Bronze and Iron ages. Iron age man made Poole's first pottery while Romans, Saxons, Danes and Normans all passed through the town. Poole's name comes from the Celtic "bol" and Saxon "pool". Originally a fishing hamlet, it developed into a small port and then a town by the late 12th century. In the 15th century it was popular with pilgrims on their way to the shrine at Santiago. The 'Drake of the early 15th century' was a celebrated Poole pirate who enjoyed looting Spanish and French vessels that crossed his path on the high seas. Overseas trade and shipbuilding flourished throughout the 15th and 16th centuries and the Newfoundland trade brought vast wealth to the town in the early 19th century. Among reminders of that age is the huge, web-footed Newfoundland dog, once used to pull carts as far as London. Poole was a Puritan stronghold during the Civil War, while the Napoleonic wars of 1805-15 were a time of great prosperity for its merchants. The first of three bridges to Hamworthy was built in 1834 and a railway came to the town in 1847. Carter's Tiles, which later became the world famous Poole Pottery, started in 1873. During the Second World War the town was the third largest embarkation point for the Normandy landings and served as the US Coastguard's headquarters.

Poole Attractions

Poole's history dates back to the 12th Century, but today the town offers great variety. In Poole you can stroll through spectacular gardens, dine alfresco along the lively quayside, tour the world renowned Poole Pottery or experience the many activities and entertainments at Tower Park leisure complex. Poole has a greyhound and speedway stadium, an aquarium complex, a thriving Arts Centre and water parks. Sun worshippers can choose from three miles of Blue Flag beaches offering clean sands and safe bathing or visit nearby Sandbanks, which has been awarded fourteen European Blue Flags. Meanwhile, a trip to Monkey World at nearby Wareham, a visit to the wildlife sanctuary of Brownsea Island or a day at Britain's National Motor Museum in Beaulieu will keep the family entertained.

Poole Shopping and Dining

Relax in one of Poole's delightful tea and coffee shops or sample superb fresh seafood in a local restaurant. The magnificent Dolphin Shopping Centre has over 100 shops, restaurants and cafés.

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