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Destination South West

destination south walesWe are a collection of ports, attractions and service providers offering unique and award winning cruise experiences around the English South West coastline. It is the perfect place to cruise England’s panoramic peninsula and visit a wealth of English cultural and heritage destinations; where your passengers arrive as guests and depart as friends.

The South West of England offers over 200 excursion opportunities including specialist museums and attractions, lush English countryside, dramatic gardens and ancient history, a wealth of magnificent architecture, UNESCO World Heritage sites and a variety of beautiful ports each providing their own unique cruise experience.

Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, the South West of England is steeped in history, mystery and landscape heaven and boasts access to 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Stonehenge, the City of Bath, The Jurassic Coast and the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape – it also has The Braunton Burrow Biosphere Reserve near Ilfracombe, the English Riviera Geopark and the Magna Carta, held at Salisbury Cathedral, which has been added to the new UNESCO UK Memory of the World Register.

Top Five Facts About The South West

  1. The South West is the top award winning tourism region in the UK
  2. Home to 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  3. 95 miles of Jurassic Coastline
  4. More award winning gardens than any other region in England
  5. The land of Rosamunde Pilcher and Agatha Christie

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Destination South West www.destinationsouthwest.co.uk

Visit Cornwall: www.visitcornwall.com

Visit Devon: www.visitdevon.co.uk

Visit Dorset: www.visit-dorset.com

Isles of Scilly: www.visitislesofscilly.com

The National Trust: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Visit Wiltshire: www.visitwiltshire.co.uk

The National Trust: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Visit Wiltshire: www.visitwiltshire.co.uk


Mike Reynolds, Executive Director


+44 (0)7977 467 157


Port Contact: Rob Giles B.eng MNI
Telephone: +44 (0)1803 832337
E-mail: hm@dartharbour.org
Website: http://www.destinationsouthwest.co.uk/ports/dartmouth/
Address: Dart Harbour & Navigation Authority ( DHNA ), 6 Oxford Street, Dartmouth, TQ6 9AL


Port Contact: Drystan Jones, Port Operations Director
Tel: +44 (0)1326 214860
Email: drystan.jones@ap-group.co.uk
Website: http://www.destinationsouthwest.co.uk/ports/falmouth/
Address: The Docks Falmouth Cornwall TR11 4NR


Port Contact: Paul Thomas
Telephone: +44 (0)1726 832471
E-mail: fhc@foweyharbour.co.uk
Website: www.destinationsouthwest.co.uk/ports/Fowey/
Address: Harbour Office, Albert Quay, Fowey, Cornwall. PL23 1AJ


Port Contact: Lieutenant Commander Rob Lawson
Telephone: +44 (0)1271 862108
E-Mail: harbour_master@northdevon.gov.uk
Website: www.destinationsouthwest.co.uk/ports/ilfracombe/
Address: The Pier, The Quay, Ilfracombe EX34 9EQ

Isles of Scilly:

Port Contact: Dale Clark
Telephone: +44 (0)1720 422768
E-Mail: hm@stmarys-harbour.co.uk
Website: www.destinationsouthwest.co.uk/ports/isles-of-scilly/
Address: The Quay, St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly TR21 0HU

Lyme Regis:

Port Contact: HM Mr Grahame Forshaw MBE
Telephone: +44 (0)1297 442137
Website: www.destinationsouthwest.co.uk/ports/lyme-regis/
Address: The Cobb, Lyme Regis, Dorset DT7 3JJ


Port Contact: Capt. Neil Clark, Harbour Master
Telephone: +44 (0)1736 366113
Website: www.destinationsouthwest.co.uk/ports/penzance/
Address: Harbour Office North Arm, Wharf Rd, Penzance TR18 4AH


Port Contact: Dave Atkin
Telephone: +44 (0)1752 662191
E-Mail: plymouth@abports.co.uk
Website: www.destinationsouthwest.co.uk/ports/plymouth/
Address: Millbay Docks, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 3EF


Port Contact: James Stewart
Tel: +44 (0)1202 440210
E-Mail: chiefexecutive@PHC.co.uk
Website: www.destinationsouthwest.co.uk/ports/poole/
Address: Poole Harbour Commissioners, 20 New Quay Road, Hamworthy, Poole Dorset, BH15 4AF


Port Contact: Ian McQuade
Tel: +44 (0)1305 824044
E-Mail: i.mcquade@portland-port.co.uk
Website: www.destinationsouthwest.co.uk/ports/Portland/
Address: Portland Port, Castletown, Portland, Dorset, DT5 1PP


Dartmouth is a natural harbour, accessible at any tide, in any weather, at any time of day or night. Steeped in maritime heritage, for over 900 years sailors have set sail from Dartmouth’s shores in search of new lands. The medieval quay of Bayards Cove looks the same as it would have in the 16th century. It was from this medieval quay that the Pilgrim Fathers set sail on the second leg of their journey to Dartmouth, before leaving for the New World.

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A short stroll from the disembarkation point on the Town Jetty finds you in the centre of the attractive, bustling riverside town. The Britannia Royal Naval College dominates Dartmouth. The College has an impressive art collection, is open to the public for tours and organised formal dinners. The popular National Trust Houses of Agatha Christie’s Greenway and the D’ Oyle Cartes’ Coleton Fishacre are open to visitors.

Website: http://www.destinationsouthwest.co.uk/ports/dartmouth/


Falmouth is the third largest natural harbour in the world, guarded by the impressive castles of Pendennis and St. Mawes. The town is a short walk from the cruise berths and tender landing point, taking guests past the new yacht marina and the National Maritime Museum Cornwall.

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Strategically placed for a wide variety of cruises – Round Britain, Trans-Atlantic and European positioning, 3/4 day cruises from Southampton or Dover – the port would also be an asset to themed cruises – gardens, golf, maritime history, National Trust and country houses.

The Port can accommodate ships alongside, or they can anchor in the sheltered waters of the Bay. A dedicated passenger landing facility is available. Ships berth only a 10 minute walk away from the town or passengers can opt to take a complimentary transfer coach.

The Port has a full range of marine services, including bunkering, and is on the boundary of the Emissions Control Area.

Website: www.destinationsouthwest.co.uk/ports/falmouth/


Ships visiting Fowey take centre stage in this most beautiful harbour. The mooring is just 200 metres from the ship into the picturesque town centre. Fowey has a strong Celtic connection, maritime history, literary involvement with Daphne du Maurier, Rosamunde Pilcher and many more including recently the successful Poldark series. There are many wonderful gardens and exciting shore excursions – all within a short drive of the historic port. The world famous Eden Project is located just 7 miles from Fowey.

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Fowey has something to offer all cruise ship passengers, officers and crew – a great welcome, scenery, a shopping destination, and an abundance of possible shore excursions.
There are a variety of shops to enjoy, all set amongst the historic buildings of Fowey including Place House which stands above the port and has been the home of the Treffry family since the 15th century.

Website: www.destinationsouthwest.co.uk/ports/Fowey/
Address: Harbour Office, Albert Quay, Fowey, Cornwall. PL23 1AJ


Nestling snugly amongst the rugged cliffs of the majestic Atlantic coast sits Ilfracombe – an historic and charming natural harbour surrounded by beautiful and breathtaking scenery. Guarding the harbour entrance with sword held aloft stands Verity, a 66ft bronze sculpture by the artist Damien Hirst. More examples of his work are on display in his cafe / restaurant at number 11 The Quay.

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The town has grown up around an ancient harbour where today fishing vessels mix with pleasure craft. With its array of shops, cafés and bars, it has an almost continental atmosphere.

Braunton Burrows which have been given World Biosphere Reserve status by UNESCO, celebrating an ability to co-exist with nature. The designation encourages local people and others who live, work, or visit North Devon to adopt sustainable lifestyles and working practices which will help protect the Burrows into the future.

Website: www.destinationsouthwest.co.uk/ports/ilfracombe/

Isles of Scilly

Magical, peaceful, unforgettable. The Isles of Scilly are like nowhere else in England. Outstandingly beautiful, uncrowded and unspoilt, they nestle 28 miles off Land’s End in Cornwall but seem like a world apart. They offer a certain quality of life – simpler, kinder and more peaceful; a quality long lost to many other parts of the UK.

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When you arrive here, you’ll immediately sense that you have discovered something special as you glimpse the cluster of low-lying islands amid a turquoise lagoon, some fringed by rocks, others by white sandy beaches, and all bathed in a light of wonderful intensity. The entire archipelago has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

There are five inhabited islands (and some 140 uninhabited ones) – each with its distinct characteristics. With five individual destinations to explore it’s the perfect place to drop anchor for a couple of nights, or more!
Website: www.destinationsouthwest.co.uk/ports/isles-of-scilly/

Lyme Regis

A traditional seaside town at the heart of the Jurassic Coast with world famous for fossil hunting beaches. The old town, dating back to the 14th century, is an ideal place to walk and explore the local shops, art galleries, newly replanted gardens with myriad places to stop to eat and drink. The narrow maze of streets and shops wind their way down to the ancient Cobb harbour with its spectacular sea views.

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The harbour, known as the Cobb, is one of the town’s most significant landmarks. Built in the thirteenth-century the Cobb was the landing place of the Duke of Monmouth during the Monmouth Rebellion in 1685.

Lyme Regis has featured in a number of literary works, including Jane Austen’s ‘Persuasion’ and ‘The French Lieutenant’s Woman’ by local author John Fowles. Both novels have been adapted on location for film and television.
Website: www.destinationsouthwest.co.uk/ports/lyme-regis/


The historic City of Plymouth lies on the south west coast of Devon, between the Plym and Tamar rivers, commanding the entrance to the English Channel, with one of the finest natural harbours in the world.
The site of the city has been occupied for 20,000 years since Stone Age man first settled the banks of the Plym estuary, but the story of Plymouth itself really begins in Saxon times. The limestone hill we now know as the Hoe protected the area from westerly winds and marauding pirates.

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So many stories of exploration and discovery have begun here hence the 43 namesake Plymouth around the world (more than 30 in the USA). Over the centuries many names have been associated with the city including Sir Francis Drake, Sir Walter Raleigh, Captain Cook, Charles Darwin and Scott of the Antarctic. Head for the old maritime port area, the Barbican and follow in the footsteps of the Pilgrim Fathers who departed from here at the start of their voyage to the New World.
Website: www.destinationsouthwest.co.uk/ports/plymouth/


With a bustling Quay, the best beaches in England and the stunning natural harbour, Poole in Dorset is a natural first choice on the South West Coast. Poole guarantees you an exciting place to visit throughout the year.

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Poole Quay offers a lively atmosphere, restaurants, cafes and pubs, plus there are always lots of visiting yachts and vessels to see. Experience Poole’s exciting and colourful past by walking the newly created Cockle Trail around the Quay and Old Town where you can discover smugglers and ghosts or see the 18th Century architecture whilst you stroll along the cobbled streets.

Other interesting excursions include the Waterfront museum, Poole Pottery factory shop, Corfe Castle and Brownsea Island.

Website: www.destinationsouthwest.co.uk/ports/poole/


Portland Port lies in the sweep of Weymouth Bay at the centre of UNESCO World Heritage site; The Jurassic Coast, an area renowned for its natural beauty and historical heritage. Local attractions range from the UNESCO world heritage sites of Stonehenge and Bath to numerous stately homes, castles, gardens, historic towns and much, much more. A visit to Portland Port gives you access to the quintessential England of rolling green hills, narrow country lanes, picture postcard villages with stone cottages and long centuries of history.

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While some passengers calling at Portland will visit Corfe Castle to absorb more than 1,000 years of history, others will prefer to go kayaking to appreciate the rugged beauty of the Jurassic Coast. Some will choose to visit the beautifully maintained Churchill family estate while others opt to be a tank-driver for the day at one of the Tank Museum’s ‘Tank Experience’ days.
Website: www.destinationsouthwest.co.uk/ports/Portland/


Ships visiting Penzance get to rest in one of the world’s most beautiful bays, sharing the seascape with the world renowned  ‘St Michael’s Mount’.  Ships  anchor in the bay for the short scenic ride onto land, where passengers can take in the Promenade, Jubilee Pool and the town’s historic scenery in the the land of the Pirates.

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Penzance is steeped in history and is one of the oldest Market Towns in England. It boasts links with Nelson, the Bronte Sisters and Dylan Thomas as well as, most importantly, ‘Sir Humphry Davy’, the man that invented the Miner’s Lamp which went on to save millions of miners lives world wide. The wonderful Newlyn School of Art introduces the fabulous creative streak that runs through the town and all of its the Galleries.
A warm welcome will be delivered to all of the passengers, officers and crew. Whether you want to link up to mainland excursions, take charge of your own Penzance Journey or just relax in one of the fabulous cafes, Penzance offers it all!

Website: www.destinationsouthwest.co.uk/ports/penzance/