A superb destination with sights reminiscent of sydney

As co-host to the Bournemouth & Poole marathon, Poole’s stunning beaches and coastline form part of a unique route with magnificent views for runners. 

A superb destination with sights reminiscent of sydney, poole’s stunning natural harbour complete with eight unique islands and striking peninsula is the largest in Europe.  A haven for sailors, wildlife and the latest water sports craze, Poole boasts britain’s best beach – sandbanks, awarded more blue flags than any other UK resort and is the gateway to the World Heritage Jurassic Coast.  The superb environment is rivalled only by its summer events and contemporary fine dining scene with fabulous harbour views which add to the lively continental atmosphere.

With 1001 tours, activities and things to see and do, Poole’s handy  Top 10 gives the ‘not to miss’ essentials to the town.

photo taken by sue sieger. image courtesy of poole tourism

Home to more watersports than any other UK resort, the safe shallow waters of poole harbour make it the on the perfect place to learn everything from sailing and windsurfing to kayaks and stand up paddle boards. 

And with one of the longest coast lines thanks to the 110 miles of inland harbour and fabulous beaches, you are spoilt for choice with superb alfresco dining options, vibrant bars and restaurants and fabulous fresh seafood overlooking fantastic waterside views to suit every budget and taste, visit www.eatoutpoole.com for the complete restaurant listing.

From Poole’s traditional working quay enjoy a spectacular harbour cruise or stop off to explore the National Trust’s Brownsea Island to spot red squirrels, sika deer and displays by the fabulous birdlife sheltering in the harbour. Boat trips to the island run from March – end October.  

Much of the town’s rich history is visible on the quay where self guided walks and interactive story tellers explore the old town’s mix of georgian and medieval buildings bringing Poole’s seafaring history and tales of sailors and smugglers to life.

Poole is well provided with amenities, including covered shopping centres, the largest centre for the arts outside London, lighthouse, free interactive museum, world renown Poole Pottery and daily behind the scenes tours of the RLNI's training college.  For the more energetic the Tower Park Complex includes a 16 screen cinema, ten pin bowling and exhilarating water rides plus a huge choice of restaurants.

From rare heathland and the exquisite Japanese and Italian gardens of compton acres to the beautiful grounds, formal gardens and woodland of upton country park and its early 19th century merchant’s house, Poole is spoilt for award winning parks and gardens and magical play areas to explore.

Over 100 special events throughout the year on land and sea make the most Poole’s unique environment, from the UK Beach Polo Championships, Folk Festival and summer fireworks to iconic motorbike and car events that conclude with rallye sunseeker, the spectacular finale to the msa british ralley championship.

Poole is a top choice for families and couples with a great choice of smart B&Bs, boutique properties, 5* caravan and camping and glamorous beach-front hotels, providing a room with a view for every budget.

For more information on events please contact poole welcome centre on 0845 2345560 or visit www.pooletourism.com 

 poole old town, image courtesy of poole tourism