The Poole to Cherbourg ferry crossing is operated by Brittany
Ferries using the ever popular ferry MV Barfleur. This ship completes the
crossing between Poole and Cherbourg in just 4 and a quarter hours. This
is Brittany Ferries fastest crossing bewteen England and France. The ferry
leaves Poole around breakfast time, and returns late afternoon or early
evening. Follow the link below for the up to date timetable for the Poole
to Cherbourg ferry crossing.
Barfleur is a comfortable vessel with all the facilities expected of a modern ferry.
Amongst the amenities on the vessel is a café, a self-service restaurant and a bar,
plus a shop selling quality goods at great prices.
Poole is centrally situated in Southern England, just to the west of the very popular
resort of Bournemouth. The A35 main route from Exeter leads directly to Poole, or
it can be accessed via the M3/A35 if you're coming from London. Poole is a small
harbour-side town at the head of the lagoon-like Poole Harbour.
Cherbourg is on the northern tip of the Carentan Peninsula in Normandy.
The town is mostly uninspiring, although the old town near the port is worth
a visit and has a number of bars and restaurants, as well as several hotels.
Cherbourg now offers fast-flowing road connections to the French motorway
network thanks to a newly-completed dual carriageway which links the N13
This area of Normandy has some excellent long stretches of sandy beach to
enjoy. These beaches are also much visited by those with an interest in
the second world war, as many of them were used as landing beaches by Allied
troops. From Cherbourg the N13 takes you to Caen in about 1 and a half hours,
where you join the French motorway network. Or you can head due south deeper
into the lovely Norman countryside, or beyond towards Mont St Michel, Brittany
and the rest of Western France.