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PooleUnited Kingdom

Relax on one of Britain’s favorite beaches and amble along the coastal paths of this quaint town that has been inhabited since the Iron Age.

Pretty beaches, a natural harbor and rich history draw crowds to the charming town of Poole. Much of the activity revolves around the beach, where many cafés and restaurants face an elegant seaside promenade. Learn about Poole’s extensive history, from the Iron Age to D-Day landings.

Poole has a glorious array of Blue Flag beaches that are clean and suitable for kids. Visit Sandbanks Beach, which many consider one of Britain’s best. It lies next to the Sandbanks peninsula, with some of the country’s most expensive homes. Appreciate the gradual downward slope as you enter the cool sea. Lifeguards and first aid services are available in summer.

Poole Harbour is among Europe’s largest natural harbors. Romans landed here during their invasion almost 2,000 years ago. Today, participate in water sports, such as water skiing, wakeboarding and kite surfing.

Take the ferry to Brownsea Island to visit the wildlife sanctuary with red squirrels and deer. See a castle built by Henry VIII in the picturesque nature reserve.

Away from the beach and port, find Lighthouse, the cultural hub of the town. This modern structure hosts dramatic theater performances and musical concerts. Attend one of the various shows, from circus acts to comedy routines. Enjoy a local meal in the building’s café.

To find out about Poole’s intriguing history, visit the Poole Museum. Explore its four floors of exhibits that will enlighten you about prehistoric settlements, pirates and Poole’s role in the Normandy invasion.

The town of Poole is located between Bournemouth and Dorchester on England’s southern coast. Take a bus southwest for 11 miles (18 kilometers) from Bournemouth Airport, a journey that should take around 40 minutes. The train from London to Poole takes roughly 2 hours.

Visit the historic town of Poole with immaculate beaches and activities for the entire family. The town is warm in summer with occasional heat waves, when the beaches are popular, and cold to mild in winter.

Top hotels in Poole

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Salterns Harbourside Hotel
Salterns Harbourside Hotel
3 out of 5
The price is £99 per night

Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Compton Acres and within 3 miles (5 km) of Poole Harbour and Sandbanks Beach. Canford Cliffs Beach ...

4/5Very Good! (153 reviews)

"Wonderful location, great food and friendly helpful staff, outstanding!!"…"

Reviewed on 3 Aug 2020

Salterns Harbourside Hotel
Haven Hotel
Haven Hotel
4 out of 5
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £224 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Poole hotel is just steps away from Sandbanks Ferry Terminal and Sandbanks Beach. Brownsea Island is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) away.

3.9/5Very Good! (625 reviews)

"Clean lovely place to stay ............... ......................,.,,,,.,,"…"

Reviewed on 30 Jul 2020

Haven Hotel
The Canford
The Canford
4 out of 5
The price is £120 per night

Situated near the beach, this inn is within 1 mi (2 km) of Canford Cliffs Beach and Sandbanks Beach. Bournemouth Beach and Bournemouth International Centre are ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (50 reviews)
Great!

"Lovely comfy bed and fantastic breakfast. The homemade biscuits and nespresso coffee machine were very appreciated too"…"

Reviewed on 20 Nov 2019

The Canford

Popular places to visit in Poole

Poole Harbour
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Poole Harbour

4.5/5(412 reviews)

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

Sandbanks Beach
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Sandbanks Beach

4.5/5(36 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Sandbanks Beach, a popular beach in Sandbanks. Stroll along the seaside in this romantic area or visit its top-notch restaurants.

Brownsea Island
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Brownsea Island

4.5/5(109 reviews)

Combine sightseeing at the church and castle with a search for playful red squirrels as you meander through the dense woodland of this island.

Compton Acres
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Compton Acres

4.5/5(22 reviews)

The fine historic gardens of late Victorian mixed style were set up in the early 20th century. Peruse the range of exotic sections remaining today.

Brownsea Castle
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Brownsea Castle

Ride a ferry to a forested island. Observe colorful peacocks and playful red squirrels beside this grand castle from the 1500s.

Poole Museum
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Poole Museum

Learn the story of Poole and its harbor from interesting items, such as the Iron Age boat kept in this restored Victorian depository.

Top things to do in Poole

Bournemouth Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour + Boat Tour Options
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Bournemouth Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour + Boat Tour Options

£13
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Poole Harbour & Island Cruise
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Poole Harbour & Island Cruise

£12
Per adult
Jurassic Coastal Cruise to Swanage from Poole
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Jurassic Coastal Cruise to Swanage from Poole

£15
Per adult
Half Day Old Harry Rocks Kayak Tour
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Half Day Old Harry Rocks Kayak Tour

£50
Per adult
SEA LIFE Weymouth
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SEA LIFE Weymouth

£16
Per adult
Kitesurfing Lessons Full 2 day Course
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Kitesurfing Lessons Full 2 day Course

£190
Per adult

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