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Best things to do in Poole

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Natural Feature
“Beautiful island with Red Squirrels! Not vehicles and some lovely hidden beaches. Hope on the yellow boat at Sandbanks. Open air theatre events during the summer. ”
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Boat or Ferry
“Sandbanks is has the most beautiful beaches and also has the Gerry across to studland and swanage. ”
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Seafood Restaurant
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“High quality sea food with gorgeous views over Poole harbour. Perfect for an 'occasion' dinner. ”
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Establishment
“The largest arts centre in the country outside of London, also home to the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. There are loads of events going on year-round, as well as a cinema.”
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Restaurant
“Bustling quay area with lots of pubs, restaurants, cafes. Boat trips for fishing or sight seeing available from Quay”
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Fast Food Restaurant
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“Indoor entertainment centre, featuring the Splashdown water park and Cineworld cinema, Tenpin bowling, kids soft play, bingo and a range of restaurants.”
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Lodging
“Sandbanks beach has a promenade if you walk one way and doesn’t if you walk the other. We prefer this beach as it is usually less busy, though parking around Sandbanks can be expensive. There’s a church called The Church of the Transfiguration on Chaddesley Glen (a side road at Sandbanks) who let you park in their car park for a small donation compared to the council car park prices.”
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Fish & Chip Shop
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“Great fresh fish and chip restaurant where you can eat in. Everything cooked fresh and to order. As well as cod and haddock, there is always a "special!"”
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Amusement Park
“For boisterous teenagers and those looking to release energy all year round, then this is the place for you! ”
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Premise
“Next to Poole Park (free parking there) and Poole Quey, in Poole town center, massive car park and the bus station is there too, great place for shopping, enjoy a day out, good food in Poole Quey and don't miss the fireworks in summer.”
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Establishment
“A nice park within walking/cycling distance. It has a mini train which takes you around and a children's indoor play area with soft play and a skating rink. Several places to grab a bite to eat here.”
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Bakery
“Award-Winning bakery serving artisanal breads, gourmet sandwiches and patisserie”
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Bus Stop
“Great hive of activity with lots of bars, restaurants and coffee houses. Great for lunch, dinner, drinks or a night out. It has something for everyone and again within walking distance or a very short bus or taxi ride.”
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Restaurant
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“One of my favourite places for breakfast, lunch or dinner. By the water and in great surroundings of the local boat yard. ”
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Restaurant
“Tasty Thai tapas and a great bar too. You can’t book so just walk in have a drink and wait for delicious food.”
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Premise
“Stunning Japanese garden. Also wooded glades, Italian garden and great view over Poole harbour”
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