PoolePoole is in Dorset, on the south coast of England.
By trainPoole station is about 2½ hr from London Waterloo with 2 trains per hour for most of the day. There are regular, quick and convenient trains on the South West Trains service, but rail fares are generally expensive, so be careful.
By coachThere are coaches between Poole bus station and London about once an hour, via Bournemouth.
By roadFrom the east, take the M27 until it becomes the A31. Continue past Ringwood, and follow the signs for Poole. From the west, come in on the A35.
By busThere are regular buses on both the Wilts & Dorset and Yellow Buses services, however Wilts & Dorset buses tend to go further, with links to Southampton, Dorchester and Salisbury.
phone: +44 1202 707744address: Poole Harbour, BH13 7EEA National Trust site, famous for its large population of red squirrels, and as the birthplace of the Scout Movement. The animals on the island are very tame and will happily wander up to you. It can be reached by boat from the quay but note that the price of the boat trip does not include admittance to the island.
phone: +44 1202 883402address: Wimborne Minster, BH21 4EAA large house and estate that was owned by the Bankes family and donated to the National Trust in the 1980s. The house contains paintings, furniture and Egyptian artefacts accumulated over 300 years.
address: 21 Kingland Road, BH15 1UG
address: Poole Road, BH17 7BJIt has a surrounding woodland with many footpaths. It also has various birdwatching sites overlooking holes bay. By the main Upton House there are two tea rooms where one can enjoy tea and cake for around £3.
- Kite flying. From the quay, when facing the water turn left and walk for about half a mile until you reach a park. This is known as Baiter Park and is very close to Poole Park. On a good day, the kites will probably be visible from afar.
- In the summer, there are fireworks displays alternately in Bournemouth and Poole.
- Every Tuesday evening from April to September, motorbike enthusiasts converge on Poole. Apparently there are sometimes as many as 1000 cycles and, of course, the pubs on the Quay do good business from them. A good opportunity to swap tales or see what everyone else is riding. All parking on the quay is reserved for motorbikes but there is a charge of £1 and a prize for the best bike.
phone: +44 1202 706784address: 40 Salterns Way, Poole, BH14 8JRJet ski experience & jet ski training.
- Tower Park, indoor waterpark, movie theatre, various restaurants, bingo, and more.
phone: +44 1202 673906address: 110 Dolphin Centre, BH15 1SZA large indoor shopping centre with the usual high street brands including Marks and Spencer, Boots, Next and Primark.
Most restaurants are along the quay, but there are a number of great eateries further into the Old Town.
phone: +44 1202 674970address: 16 High St, BH15 1BPserves mostly fish dishes with seafood caught locally the same day.
Tandoori Nightsphone: +44 1202 679712address: 50 High St, BH15 1BTAn excellent curry house, which can get quite busy Friday and Saturday nights.
phone: +44 1202 767235address: Pinecliff Rd, Branksome ChineIts ground floor restaurant and first floor cafe which are perfect for a Saturday afternoon coffee reading the papers or a more formal dinner in the evening. The adjoining car park tends to get busy during the summer season with beach-goers, so it is advisable to park a few minutes away and walk down.
There are lots of pubs along the quay and a little inland.
There are many hotels and guesthouses in Poole, especially in the town centre. There are also camping sites in neighbouring towns such as Swanage and Merley. There is a Youth Hostel in Swanage.
address: West Quay Road, BH15 1HZComfortable accommodation in the building used for training volunteers to man the lifeboats around the coast. Profits from the accommodation help this national charity. Building tours are also available M-Sa 11AM and 2:30PM, but must be booked in advance on +44 1202 308 500. Riggers Restaurant has mains from £10.
phone: +44 1202 649222address: Walking Field Ln
phone: +44 800 484 0048address: 73 Haven Rd