Poole abuts the western boundary of the seaside resort of Bournemouth on the south-west coast of England. The town is clustered around a large natural harbour and stretches east along the clean sandy beaches of Poole Bay.
It has some fine Medieval and Georgian architecture particularly on Poole Quay and in Poole Old Town but Poole itself is a thriving fishing, industrial and service centre. Many of the facilities associated with Bournemouth are in fact located in Poole.
The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra is based in the Poole Lighthouse Arts Centre, Bournemouth University is on the eastern boundary of Poole, whilst Poole Harbour is a cross-channel port with services to France and the Channel Islands.
Poole’s long and varied history is preserved in a number of museums ranging from local history to sea rescue.
Many people will know that Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour is the first camp site of the worldwide Scouting Movement. Visitors can access the island by ferries leaving from the Quay and Sandbanks Jetty. Other pleasure cruises tour the harbour; take visitors up the river to Wareham; on open water trips to Beaulieu in Hampshire and the Jurassic Coast or on guided RSPB tours of the protected bird habitats.
Poole and Bournemouth are the largest towns in the beautiful and interesting county of Dorset; close to the imaginary county of ‘Wessex’ featured in the books of Thomas Hardy; on the doorstep of the UNESCO World Heritage Jurassic Coast; and within easy driving distance of historic towns such as Shaftesbury, Dorchester and Wareham.
The shortest road route between Bournemouth, Swanage and the Isle of Purbeck is across the narrow entrance of Poole Harbour, provided by the Sandbanks Ferry. The other route is via the lift bridge across the northern end of the harbour.
South West Coast Path
Poole is well known for its variety of water sports and its endless miles of safe, sandy beaches. The South West Coast Path starts at Poole and wends its way along the cliffs and bays of Dorset, Devon and Cornwall all the way to Somerset, a distance of some 630 miles (1,014 km). Some of the most beautiful and spectacular scenery in England can be seen from this path.
Shopping, Restaurants & Pubs
The town has excellent shopping facilities, plenty of restaurants, bars and pubs and entertainment venues so it would be hard to say that there is nothing to do! The Poole Welcome Centre (Poole TIC) is centrally located on The Quay. Check out their excellent informative website Web: Poole Tourism External Link
Plan Your Visit
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Poole and Bournemouth are well connected to other important southern England tourist centres.
Detailed 'Getting There' information is on the Bournemouth page in this website.
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