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Poole

Travel Guide
Brownsea Castle featuring heritage architecture

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.

Thistle Poole
Thistle Poole
3 out of 5
The price is £128 per night from 8 Aug to 8 Aug
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 ...
3.8/5Good! (341 reviews)
"Location was great for walking along quayside."

Reviewed on 22 Jun 2021

Thistle Poole
Sandbanks Hotel
Sandbanks Hotel
4 out of 5
The price is £289 per night from 30 Jul to 30 Jul
Nestled on the beach, this Poole hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Canford Cliffs Beach and Sandbanks Beach. Bournemouth Beach and Bournemouth International Centre ...
3.9/5Good! (606 reviews)
"very goo...great location and very clean"

Reviewed on 22 Jul 2021

Sandbanks Hotel
Hotel du Vin & Bistro Poole
Hotel du Vin & Bistro Poole
4 out of 5
Thames Street, Poole, England
The price is £199 per night from 15 Aug to 15 Aug
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 ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (392 reviews)
"Car park small, great hotel"

Reviewed on 12 Feb 2021

Hotel du Vin & Bistro Poole
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The Little Hide - Grown Up Glamping
The Little Hide - Grown Up Glamping
2.5 out of 5
Willow House Caravan Park, Wigginton Road, York, England
The price is £65 per night from 4 Aug to 4 Aug
Situated in York, this spa cabin is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Yearsley Pool and 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Bootham Crescent Stadium. York Minster and Shambles are also ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (41 reviews)
"Quaint, clean, private, and surrounded by nature. A perfect place for a relaxing getaway."

Reviewed on 30 May 2021

The Little Hide - Grown Up Glamping
SACO Bath - St James's Parade
SACO Bath - St James's Parade
4 out of 5
The price is £129 per night from 28 Jul to 28 Jul
Located in Bath City Centre, this eco-friendly apartment building is steps away from SouthGate Bath, Thermae Bath Spa and Roman Baths. Theatre Royal Bath and ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (717 reviews)
"Spacious apartment with very good, spotless kitchen facilities; excellent central location close to station and large public carpark. I would definitely book here again."

Reviewed on 27 Jun 2021

SACO Bath - St James's Parade
Staycity Aparthotels Barbican Centre
Staycity Aparthotels Barbican Centre
4 out of 5
Paragon Street, York, England
The price is £118 per night from 1 Aug to 1 Aug
Situated in York, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of York Barbican, Jorvik Viking Centre and York Castle Museum. York Dungeon and York Grand Opera ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2,066 reviews)
"The hotel had a great location, ten minute walk to most attractions. Staff were excellent. We had an accessible room fir my husband. Would not book an accessible room again as in the 5th floor and away at back through 2 other doors, not ideal in an emergency. Next time will book a normal ground floor ..."

Reviewed on 18 Jul 2021

Staycity Aparthotels Barbican Centre
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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