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All About Poole
With stunning beaches, a spectacular natural harbour, and a historic old town, Poole is one of Dorset’s most popular holiday destinations, just an hour from Southampton. Its main attraction is Poole Harbour — said to be the second biggest natural harbour in the world (behind Sydney), spanning more than 22 square kilometres, with many islands dotted throughout. The harbour is lined with marinas and beaches, protected wetlands, and coastal walks through untouched woodland, with calm waters for kitesurfing and paddleboarding. Sit and enjoy the view from one of the bars or indulge in seafood delights at a waterfront restaurant. On a small peninsula jutting out from the harbour, you’ll find the sandy shores and calm waters of Sandbanks Beach, one of the area’s cleanest, safest, and most-visited beaches.
Poole also has a lovely Old Town, where you’ll find some of the oldest buildings in Dorset, dating from the 15th century. You can spend a few hours walking the popular Cockle Trail, which guides you through the town’s rich history. Poole is also home to the Lighthouse, the largest arts centre in England outside London, which holds year-round live shows, theatre productions, and cultural exhibitions.
The best time to stay in a holiday rental in Poole
Poole is a year-round destination, with many holiday lets and cottages to choose from for your stay. Summer temperatures can rival those of the Mediterranean, so make sure you pack a hat and sunscreen. The Summer Spectacular takes place every Thursday from July till late August at Poole’s quayside, with live music, entertainment, and fireworks. Spring and autumn are pleasant times to visit, and you can expect mostly mild days for enjoying the outdoors, though be aware that you may experience some rain and cooler days, so make sure you pack a jacket.
In September, the Poole Seafood Festival showcases the locally caught catch, with chef demonstrations, music, and family entertainment. A winter visit can be greeted by cold weather and possible rain, but it’s still rewarding if you enjoy sitting inside by a warm fire while watching the weather pass.
Top things to do in Poole
Sandbanks Beach is widely considered one of the nicest beaches in the United Kingdom. With its soft sands and calm waters, it’s ideal for swimmers of all ages; you can rent parasols and deck chairs from the beach office, as well as sports equipment like volleyball nets. In the cooler months, you can still enjoy a long stroll along the shore, taking in the views; dogs are allowed at the beach’s western end.
Pick up a map of the Cockle Trail at the Poole Tourist Information Centre and take a self-guided tour of the town’s rich heritage. The trail opened in 1998 to celebrate Poole’s 750th anniversary, and features brass plaques set in the pavement that point out historical sites of importance. You’ll pass by the town’s historic quay, which played a major role in D-Day preparations, as well as historic buildings like the Customs House and more recent landmarks like Sea Music, the impressive metal sculpture that echoes the sounds of the sea.
The town’s 45-hectare harbourside park is home to large green spaces, manicured gardens, a saltwater lagoon, and beautiful lakes. There are two play areas for kids, as well as a mini-golf course and a bowling green, and there’s even a railway you can ride around the park. Hire a pedalo and take a relaxing trip around the lake, or simply enjoy a stroll through the gardens or along the harbour.