A tourist resort and seaport, built around a natural harbour, and boasting family-friendly beaches, A bustling town with some interesting historical architecture, Poole’s Guildhall is one of the finest examples of the listed buildings, now housing the local court. Cross-Channel passenger and freight services operate from here, but a wander round the town before getting onboard is well worthwhile.
Cruises around the harbour operate from the Quay, where the old warehouses now house a mixture of pubs, restaurants and apartments. Brownsea Island nature reserve lies just offshore, delightful to visit on a local boat trip, but if you’d rather stay on terra firma, relax on one of the award-winning beaches, among the best in Britain.
The kids will enjoy the 27 rides here at this award winning adventure park. Highlights are the huge natural maze, the indoor Wild Thing centre and the Happydome Theatre.
(01202 484 444)
Corfe Castle Model Village
This little replica village has lovely landscaped gardens, including an enchanted garden, games and tearooms. (01929 481 234)
Bennetts Water Gardens
Located on 8 acres are ponds, exotic plants, nature trail and a lovely replica of he Monet Bridge. You can also enjoy a traditional Dorset Cream Tea here.
(01305 785 150)
Poole is known to have some of Britain’s best beaches. With miles of golden sand, there are plenty of beaches in the area to choose. Sandbanks being the most popular, it is great for families, because it is clean and has good safety features. Other beaches include Shore Road beach, Canford Cliffs, Branksome Chine Beach, Hamworthy Park, and Lake Drive Beach