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Poole Harbour

Visit a forested part of this harbor’s archipelago after strolling along the charming promenade full of restaurants, pubs and boutiques.

Poole Harbour is a large natural bay with several small islands in the southern part of the city. It has an intriguing history, with its shores having been inhabited for thousands of years. A boat from the Iron Age was discovered here. Watch the lifting of Poole Bridge, built in 1927 and spanning the waterway between the harbor and Holes Bay.

Ride a ferry to Brownsea Island to see its woodland and picturesque nature trails. Camp in the Outdoor Centre and learn about the history of Scouts and their connection to this particular island. Brownsea Castle and St. Mary’s Church are among the cultural highlights. Take photos of other forested parts of the archipelago, including Long Island, Furzey Island and Green Island. The islets are known for preservation of the rare red squirrel.

The harbor and its archipelago have many fascinating birds. Bring binoculars to search the water and the sky for the pied avocet, common shelduck and black-tailed godwit.

Discover various private marinas around the harbor to look at the yachts and sport boats. Many sites around the bay offer watersport activities and lessons. Practice kite surfing, windsurfing, kayaking and sailing.

Dine at one of many pubs and restaurants facing the water. Purchase souvenirs from the shops.

Learn about the 2,300-year-old Poole Logboat, which was excavated here and now displayed in the nearby Poole Museum along with other nautically themed items.

The harbor’s water is surprisingly shallow. This site played an important role in the Romans conquest of southern England. More recently, it was a major port. Its principal role now is passenger transportation.

Poole Harbour is south of the city center. Ferries depart from the quay beside Poole Museum with another stop near Poole Yacht Club. The harbor is served by Upton Lake and exits into the English Channel in the southeast. Regular ferries take passengers to the various islands and the northern coast of France. Find parking, for a fee, behind the harbor.


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Holiday Inn Express Poole £56
Holiday Inn Express Poole

Holiday Inn Express Poole

Walking Field Lane, Poole, England
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in the heart of Poole, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Poole Stadium and Poole Harbour. Poole Park and Poole Old Lifeboat Museum are also within 15 minutes. Poole Station is 11 minutes by foot and Poole Parkstone Station is 29 minutes.

    Thistle Poole £62
    Thistle Poole

    Thistle Poole

       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Poole, this hotel is steps away from Poole Old Lifeboat Museum and Poole Harbour. Poole Quay and Poole Museum are also within 10 minutes. Poole Station is 12 minutes by foot.

      Hotel du Vin & Bistro Poole £104
      Hotel du Vin & Bistro Poole

      Hotel du Vin & Bistro Poole

      Thames Street, Poole, England
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated by the sea, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Poole Museum and Poole Harbour. Poole Quay and Poole Twin Sails Bridge are also within 10 minutes. Poole Station is 13 minutes by foot.

        Antelope Hotel by Greene King Inns £85
        Antelope Hotel by Greene King Inns

        Antelope Hotel by Greene King Inns

        High Street, Poole, England
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated by the sea, this inn is within a 10-minute walk of Poole Museum and Poole Harbour. Poole Quay and Poole Old Lifeboat Museum are also within 10 minutes. Poole Station is 11 minutes by foot.

          Motor Yacht Calypso
          Motor Yacht Calypso

          Motor Yacht Calypso

             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Poole, this houseboat is steps away from Poole Old Lifeboat Museum and Poole Harbour. Poole Quay and Poole Museum are also within 10 minutes. Poole Station is 14 minutes by foot.

            Jeanneau
            Jeanneau

            Jeanneau

               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Poole, this cottage is steps away from Poole Quay and Poole Harbour. Poole Old Lifeboat Museum and Poole Museum are also within 5 minutes. Poole Station is 13 minutes by foot.

              Marina Secret
              Marina Secret

              Marina Secret

                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of Poole, this cottage is steps away from Poole Quay and Poole Harbour. Poole Old Lifeboat Museum and Poole Museum are also within 5 minutes. Poole Station is 13 minutes by foot.

                Peregrine
                Peregrine

                Peregrine

                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in the heart of Poole, this apartment building is steps away from Poole Quay and Poole Harbour. Poole Old Lifeboat Museum and Poole Museum are also within 5 minutes. Poole Station is 13 minutes by foot.