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Poole Harbour

Poole, Dorset

Poole is home to the second largest natural harbour in the world and is renowned for its watersports, as the area has the perfect conditions to learn to windsurf, sail or kitesurf in this picturesque sheltered bay. All near the beautiful sands of Sandbanks, Poole Harbour hosts over 100 nautical events every year so there’s plenty to see in and out of the water. 

Mosey through the town and take the Cockle Trail Walk or enjoy a boat ride to the National Trust gem, Brownsea Island – one of the few homes of the indigenous red squirrel and the birthplace of Baden-Powell’s scout movement.

Take a wander through the cobbles of Poole Old Town down to Poole Quay, full of great eateries and traditional pubs. The town’s fascinating seafaring history is just waiting to be explored and with an abundance of top bistros and restaurants - why not nestle by the fireplace and try the local catch of the day?

Poole Quay is lined with beautiful merchant houses alongside modern architecture and home of the timeless Poole Pottery, famed for its ceramic dolphins. There is also the Dolphin Shopping Centre – a popular location for a spot of retail therapy. 

Poole offers a variety of events every year from April until September. Poole Tourism and Wave 105 bring you the longest Summertime in the South! Weekly events include Coles Miller Dream Machines, Rockley Park Quay for my Car, Summer Breeze on the Quay with Fireworks. Find out what's on in Bournemouth & Poole, Dorset throughout the year.

Whether by car, bus, train or boat, take a trip to nearby Poole and the wonders of the old town, down to the historic quay. With plenty going on in Poole, there is a whole range of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets. Whether you are thinking of staying the night or making a longer stay you can book quality assured accommodation online with us.

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