Things to do in Poole | Shopping

From bric-a-brac bargains to quayside boutiques, the range of shopping in Poole is pretty astonishing. We’ve picked out some of the top retail destinations in town, so when the urge for a shopping spree strikes, you can dive right in and hunt down your favourite new purchase.

Shopping centres

Poole’s premier shopping destination is Dolphin Shopping Centre, located in the North of the town, less than a mile away from our Poole Centre hotel. Spread over two floors, with around 90 stores, it’s the perfect place for a shopping spree during your visit.

There is a mixture of independent stores as well as high street favourites at Dolphin Shopping Centre. Fashion lovers will enjoy River Island, Next, Primark and Waves. Or, if you’re thinking of treating yourself to some new jewellery, you could head to Pandora, Ernest Jones and WF Miles & Sons.

There are also a number of food and drink outlets if you need to refuel after a busy day of shopping. From fast food restaurants like Subway and KFC to lovely cafés, such as Delfino Lounge and The Lookout Café, there is plenty to choose from.

Dolphin Shopping Centre has a multi-storey car park which you can access for a small fee, and is also accessible by bus and train, with Poole station just a stone’s throw away. It is open from 8.30am until 6pm each day apart from Sunday, when the hours are reduced to 10.30am until 5pm.

Dolphin Shopping Centre

Dolphin Shopping Centre

If you are looking for something more unique, take the short walk down to Quayside Emporium off Poole Harbour. Filled to the brim with local traders specialising in arts, fashion, gifts and homeware, this is the perfect place for some impulsive shopping.

With around 100 traders over two floors, the vibrancy and variety of the different stores here is fantastic. There’s also a restaurant serving food and drinks all day long, ranging from light bites such as paninis and sandwiches to larger meals like lasagna and chilli con carne.

Quayside Emporium is open from 10am until 5pm, seven days a week. It doesn’t have its own car park, but there is a multi-storey conveniently located just behind it on Strand Street.

Quayside Emporium

Quayside Emporium


If you’re shopping in Poole on a Thursday or Saturday, you are likely to stumble across the High Street Market. There are around 25 traders on each day offering locally produced foods, flowers and plants, toys and games, and lots of other quirky items. Wandering through and chatting to the traders is a great way to get to know the town of Poole and its culture. Be careful though, if you arrive after 2pm, you will find the stalls being packed away until the next market day.

If you are in Poole on a Sunday, you may also wish to visit the Poole Stadium Car Boot at the home of Poole Greyhounds. Like the best car boot sales, you really can find all kinds of treasures while rummaging through other people’s ‘trash’.

High Street Market

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