Poole Ferry Terminal
Poole ferry port offers sailings to Cherbourg and St Malo in France, and the Channel Islands.
Poole is a coastal port town located in the county of Dorset, on the south coast of England. There is evidence that humans have lived in and around Poole for more than two thousand years and throughout history Poole has been an important strategic location. The Romans and the Vikings both used the area as landing points for invasions, and more recently in World War II, Poole was one of the main departure points for the Normandy landings. Poole was originally a fishing and trading port and in 1433 was awarded staple port status by King Henry VI, enabling the port to export wool and begin the construction of a town wall. During the English Civil War, the town sided with Parliament, in opposition to King Charles I's ship tax. In the 16th Century, Poole began trading with the colonies in North America and vast fortune was earned by Poole's merchants. Following the end of the Napoleonic Wars, Poole's Newfoundland trade rapidly declined. The town further developed during the Industrial Revolution and with the introduction of the railway in the mid-19th Century, Poole began to develop as a tourist location, whilst continuing to operate it's more traditional industries. Today the town is still a popular destination for visitors, as well as a great departure point for ferries to Cherbourg and St Malo in France, along with the Channel Islands of Jersey and Guernsey.
Get directions for Poole Ferry Terminal
Address (Brittany Ferries): New Harbour Road, Poole, Dorset, BH15 4AJ
Address (Condor Ferries): New Harbour Road South, Poole, Dorset, BH15 4AJ
Travelling to Plymouth Ferry Terminal
Travelling 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 signs for the ferry.
Travelling 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.
Travelling 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: Port Facilities
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.
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 both from and to 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 is available a 10 min walk from the Plymouth ferry port.
Car parks 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.
This information is provided for guidance only.