Poole

The quayside town of Poole is located on the south west coastline of Dorset and has developed around Europe’s largest natural harbour. With its strong sailing connections, golden beaches, flora and fauna, beautiful gardens and fantastic events and entertainment offered, Poole will not disappoint you.

The great attraction of Poole is its sweeping beach which is winner of more European Blue Flags than any other British resort, so it’s great for families. The quieter Canford Cliffs Beach is ideal for a tranquil walk and some wildlife spotting, as well as breathtaking views out to the sea.

In the town centre there are a great range of shops including the Dolphin shopping centre which has over 100 shops, a sports centre and a library. Additionally, with an excellent array of places to eat, Poole caters for all tastes - from the chic Café Shore on the Sandbanks to the trendy Le Bateau Bistro overlooking Parkstone Green serving many fish dishes.

The quay with its fabulous views across the harbour offers many activities for the visitor including museums, a pottery shop and restaurants. Alternatively take one of the many tempting boat trips around the harbour or set sail for the National Trust’s Brownsea Island with its tranquil wooded walks and variety of flora and fauna.

Entertainment in Poole is extensive with many great free events throughout the summer along the quayside.

The old town of Poole has much character and history and is well worth a visit. Not far away you can learn more about Poole’s maritime history at the Waterfront Museum down by the quay, which charts the colourful history of Poole with exhibitions, pictures and photographs.