Port information

Port of Poole (c) Poole Harbour Commissioners


At 10,000 acres, Poole Harbour is the largest natural harbour in Europe. Ships up to 210m in length can be accommodated at the Port of Poole’s South Quay berth which can cater for both turnaround and transit calls. It has a dedicated lounge for cruise guests and the Port is an easy 10-minute walk into the historic Poole Quay.

With its central position on the south coast of England, Poole is 38 miles from Southampton Airport, 94 miles from Heathrow Airport and 120 miles from Gatwick Airport by road.

The Port is just 30 minutes’ drive from the key sites of the Jurassic Coast, England’s only UNESCO natural World Heritage Site and is only an just over an hour's drive from Stonehenge and Salisbury. There are many unique experiences for guests within 45 minutes, including a wildlife tour of Brownsea Island, sea kayaking around the Jurassic Coast, Swanage Railway, Corfe Castle, a thousand year-old castle ruin, the ancient manor of Athelhampton, amongst many other things for guests to do.

Port attractions

Port views

Andrew PM Wright
Visit Dorset
Visit Dorset and Jason Aiden
Visit Dorset
Poole Harbour Commissioners
BCP Tourism
City Cruises
James Loveridge
Richard Murgatroyd
Arran Witheford
Visit Dorset
BCP Tourism

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Port facts

Nautical information

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Passengers by Source in 2023
Calls 2023

Onshore Power

Onshore Power
OPS (Onshore Power System)
Shore power within the next 5 years
Defined Compatibility Assessment process for each berth and ship combination to IEC/IEEE 80005-1
Information/documentation from the ship for the port before the first connection
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Useful Information
Discounts/incentives linked to shore power usage
Berthing policy linked to shore power usage
Confirmation time of the vessel for planned shore power usage before ETA

Port contacts


Rosie Macnamara

20 New Quay Road Poole
United Kingdom

Page last updated: 2023-06-05 12:00


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