Dorset is a wonderful place to visit. It’s one of the most picturesque counties in the whole of the UK. You can sit on sandy beaches, explore exquisite countryside and revel in the natural wonders of the Jurassic Coast. And if you’re staying at one of our Poole hotels, there’s even more for you to do. This big seaside town is absolutely brimming with history. It’s been around since before the Iron Age. Poole Harbour was once one of the most important in the world, and helped the town prosper thanks to its trade links with North America. Those days are done, but the town has become a bustling tourist destination with great bars, restaurants, cafés, shops, museums, galleries, and a fantastic quayside area that’s ripe for exploring, meaning you’ll never be left wondering what to do in Poole. Plus, nearby areas like Ashley Cross, in Parkside, are full of exciting options too. There really is a wealth of wonderful things to do in Poole.
Things to do in Poole
Take your pick of one of the beaches in Poole, or spend the day exploring Poole Harbour. There really is a wealth of activities for you to choose from during your stay, including a raft of watersport options at Sandbanks Beach.
Poole’s club scene may be pretty much non-existent, but it more than makes up for it with a nightlife brimming with brilliant bars and pubs. Whether you want carefully crafted cocktails or sublime craft beers, take a look at our local guide and learn about Poole’s top drinking dens.
The fascinating Poole Museum takes centre stage in our run through of the top museums, galleries and calendar events that contribute so much to the culture in Poole. You can also find out about the festivals that make July a great month to visit the town.