New Forest GuidesNewsletterSitemap


Print-friendly version


Poole - Hotels, Cottages, Bed & Breakfast, Camping and Attractions

Poole is a beautiful part of Dorset in the UK, having lots of places to visit, especially the old town. There are many things on offer to suit all ages. Whilst visiting or holidaying, there are lots of lovely restaurants to choose from to suit everybody's taste and budget. Or if preferred, you may just like to stop for a morning coffee with a delicious croissant and sit and relax with stunning views over Poole quay.

If on the other hand, it's a pint of beer that you want, then there is again plenty to choose from. There are many pubs like Mint and Dundee's, for example, which has an Australian theme. Or you can try out a traditional pub such as The Poole Arms, The Portsmouth Hoy, The Jolly Sailor and Lord Nelson, of which provide music and entertainment with a late night licence.

Whilst in Poole, go for a walk along the Cockle Trail, which goes around the Quay and Old Town, for older children to discover the smugglers coves and ghosts of centuries long gone and combine this with the Poole Quay Treasure Hunt. Watch out Long John Silver!

If this whets people's appetite, then head for the museum to find out more.

Poole has many boat trips available for you to take a cruise if you wish, like the one to Brownsea Island, with beautiful wooded walks and a huge variety of wildlife. For those who haven't got good sea legs, there are many other activities to choose such as crazy golf, indoor play areas, and the Ice Skating rink.

Whist walking around Poole, you will notice it has a very Georgian style to it which is due to the re-development back in the 18th century. This was to accommodate the prosperous, such as the well to do tradesmen, and the wealthy sea captains.

Many of the houses, are of good sized proportions with authentic detail such as boot scrapers, and fanlights and lend themselves well to conversion to holiday flats. A visit to the museum will offer you a better insight into the history of centuries past.

For those wishing to do some serious shopping, Poole's Dolphin Centre has over a 110 stores, which include music, fashion, beauty, gifts, and food. There is ample parking space within the multi-storey car park. For those without transport, there is easy access through public transport and not five minutes away is the railway station and outside of the centre is a number of taxi ranks to whisk you back to your holiday accommodation.

The other areas to visit whilst in east Dorset are Boscombe, Christchurch and Bournemouth. All have their own beauty and outstanding scenery, not forgetting around the different areas are some really great Beaches offering something for everybody, what ever the age.

And if you are staying in Poole for your holiday, put time aside to visit The New Forest in neighbouring Hampshire, the south's spectacular National Park.

If you found this page useful please bookmark it for others to share - Thank you