City guide: What to do in Poole

June 13, 2023

Poole is a beautiful coastal town located in Dorset, England, known for its stunning natural scenery, historic sites, and vibrant harbor. Here are some of the best places and things to do in Poole:
Poole harbour in Dorset, United Kingdom 
 
  1. Poole Harbour: Start your visit by exploring Poole Harbour, one of the largest natural harbors in the world. Take a boat tour or rent a kayak to explore the harbor's picturesque islands, tranquil bays, and diverse wildlife. You can also visit the bustling Poole Quay, lined with restaurants, cafes, and shops.
  1. Brownsea Island: Take a ferry ride to Brownsea Island, located in the heart of Poole Harbour. This National Trust nature reserve is a haven for wildlife and offers beautiful walks, picnic spots, and panoramic views. Look out for the red squirrels and a variety of bird species that inhabit the island.
  1. Sandbanks Beach: Visit Sandbanks Beach, known for its pristine golden sand and clear waters. Relax on the beach, take a dip in the sea, or enjoy water sports such as paddleboarding and windsurfing. The beach is also lined with beach huts and luxury homes, offering a glimpse into the area's affluent lifestyle.
  1. Poole Park: Spend a leisurely afternoon in Poole Park, a picturesque parkland that offers a range of activities for all ages. Enjoy a boat ride on the lake, try your hand at mini-golf, or explore the play areas and sports facilities. The park also hosts events and concerts throughout the year.
  1. Poole Old Town: Explore the historic Poole Old Town, with its cobbled streets, medieval buildings, and charming pubs. Visit the Poole Museum, housed in a 19th-century warehouse, to learn about the town's rich maritime heritage and view displays on local history and archaeology.
  1. Compton Acres: Discover the beautiful gardens of Compton Acres, located just outside Poole. This award-winning garden features a variety of themed areas, including Italian gardens, Japanese gardens, and woodland walks. Take a leisurely stroll and enjoy the tranquil surroundings.
  1. Poole Pottery: Visit the Poole Pottery Studio and shop to admire the craftsmanship of this renowned local pottery. Browse through the unique pottery pieces, watch demonstrations, and even have a go at painting your own pottery.
  1. Poole Dolphin Shopping Centre: If you're in the mood for some retail therapy, head to the Dolphin Shopping Centre in the heart of Poole. This indoor shopping center houses a variety of shops, boutiques, and eateries, offering a mix of high street brands and independent stores.
  When staying in Poole, consider Pass the Keys for your accommodation needs. Pass the Keys offers professionally managed vacation rentals in Poole, ensuring a comfortable and convenient stay as you explore the town's attractions and enjoy its natural beauty.  
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