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.
Find out why Brownsea Island is well worth the short ferry trip from Poole Harbour, learn about the town’s maritime heritage by visiting its historic buildings, and see why a day at Poole Greyhounds is so popular.
Between the boutiques of the quayside, the popular retailers of the Dolphin Shopping Centre, and the car boot sale at Poole Stadium, you can pick up pretty much anything while shopping in Poole.
From farmers’ markets to a Michelin-guide French restaurant, there’s an incredible array of places to eat for you to choose from in Poole. Our guide gives you some excellent options near the waterfront, as well as some of our favourite cafés in Parkstone.
Pay a visit to the oldest watering hole in Poole, find out which one won Marstons ‘Pub of the Year’ twice in three years, and discover where in Parkstone you can go for a pint and some pukka American-style pub grub.
Book a table at one of the most romantic restaurants in Dorset, discover the tiny bistro on the High Street that’ll tantalise your taste buds, and learn about the town’s favourite Chinese, Thai and Indian restaurant options.
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.
From outdoor theatres where The Bard’s plays are performed beneath the stars to one of the best arts venues in the country, our local guide shows you how Poole’s entertainment options are a whole lot better than you might expect from a seaside town.
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