Things to do in Poole

Activities, attractions and tours
Brownsea Castle featuring heritage architecture

Poole Attractions

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Places of interest in Poole

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Poole attractions

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1. Poole Harbour

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

2. Poole Quay

Explore the waterfront in Poole with a trip to Poole Quay. Stroll along the seaside or visit the spas in this family-friendly area.
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Explore the waterfront in Poole with a trip to Poole Quay. Stroll along the seaside or visit the spas in this family-friendly area.

3. Brownsea Island

Brownsea Island is a small woodland islet with a range of interesting terrain, wildlife and cultural landmarks. It is the largest of Poole Harbour’s eight islands and is home to the 19th-century St. Mary’s Church and the 16th-century Brownsea Castle. Learn about the early children’s camps that eventually led to the formation of Robert Baden-Powell’s Boy Scouts.
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Combine sightseeing at the church and castle with a search for playful red squirrels as you meander through the dense woodland of this island.

4. Compton Acres

The variety of colorful flowers on display in the cherished gardens of Compton Acres seems to transport visitors around the world. Whether in the Japanese Garden, the Italian Garden or elsewhere, the arrangement of plants and trees is inspiring and culturally accurate. Tour the 10 acres (4 hectares) of the privately owned grounds.
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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.

5. Brownsea Castle

Brownsea Castle is a majestic fortress of Tudor design, proudly overlooking the southeastern corner of a large island in Poole Harbour. It was initially constructed in the 16th century as a fortification to defend the southern coast of England from European attacks. Visit this stalwart structure to learn about British history. Then explore the rest of the pleasant island.
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Ride a ferry to a forested island. Observe colorful peacocks and playful red squirrels beside this grand castle from the 1500s.

6. Poole Museum

Poole Museum is an institution full of intriguing historical relics housed in a renovated 15th-century structure. The building is part of the charm, as a modern version of a Victorian quayside warehouse. Spend an afternoon moving through the various galleries to see fascinating collections excavated in this part of the world.
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Learn the story of Poole and its harbor from interesting items, such as the Iron Age boat kept in this restored Victorian depository.

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