Poole Travel Guide

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Poole Highlights

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    jolliette says…

     Beautiful quay with a great walkway along the water 

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    LouiseTopp says…

     Chilly on the front 

  • In a nutshell
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    Lawrie953 says…

     A gem in the lovely South coast of England! 

Poole Things to Do

  • Poole Park

    Poole Park is a town park just a short distance from the town and harbour.The park has been there since Victorian times and is still popular today.It offers a variety of activities which include miniature golf,bowling green,small indoor ice rink and a miniature railway.Inside the park is where you will find Poole Town Cricket Club and other...

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  • Upton Country Park, Near Poole

    With free entry and parking the Upton country park makes for a nice time out.The newly landscaped walled garden gives access to the Tea Room,where you can get tea,coffee,cakes or lunch.The park includes formal gardens with a large duck pond and from here you can walk through the woods down to the edge of Holes Bay.Whether you want a nice walk,a...

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  • Quay for my car

    This takes place on Poole Quay every Friday evening from May to August, and is a great place for owners to show off their motors.Each week you will find different cars on display whether it be Minis,Porsche,American cars,Beetles or others.Situated in a lovely spot with views across Poole harbour and with a good selection of cafe bars,pubs and...

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  • A trip to Brownsea island.

    The trip over to Brownsea island makes a nice day out while in Poole.The boats run from Poole Quay and sailings run summer and autumn up until November.First boat leaves at 10am and last boat back is 5pm. As the island is owned by the National Trust there is a charge for visiting (free to NT members).The islands 500 acres includes areas of...

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  • Be nosey

    Update was just to add my photo. Our house is very close to the registry office and we can see all the comings and goings, especially of the weddings; one time there was an old couple in the morning and then a gay wedding in the afternoon, another time we couldn't tell who the groom was and there are plenty of chav weddings to goggle at!The...

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  • Go Potty

    I first visited here a long time ago and it's changed somewhat, gone is the museum at the entrance and they're selling off most of the items they had on show which is a shame. You can still watch potters throwing and painting wares but also decorate your own pots to take home. There's a shop which sells all sorts at the start (other homewares,...

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Poole Restaurants

  • Great position!

    This is an area i visit often,and normally drop in for a breakfast,coffee or lunch.This is a cafe with one of the best seaside positions in the country.Most of the year tables are available on the outside terrace,which means you have lovely sea views,and on a clear day can even see the Isle of Wight. Staff have always been friendly,with good...

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  • A popular place with the locals.

    This is one of the top seafood restaurants in the town of Poole,and a popular place with the locals,so an indication of how good it is.Although not cheap we found the seafood tasty,expertly cooked and nicely presented.All the seafood,which includes crab and lobster is locally landed.Meat and vegetarian dishes are also available Traditional real...

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  • The best steak ever

    Update is just to add a photoI had the best steak I have ever had in this place. We chose to eat in the cheaper downstairs bar, upstairs is a restaurant, we ordered drinks (they've a good selection of ale) and sat down to choose our food. Little did we know (wouldn't have ordered pre-drinks and nachos otherwise) that they had an offer for two...

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  • Quick and cheap

    We came here as we wanted something quick and cheap before we headded on our drive home, it was a Monday so we had 50% off our bill (one of their deals at the moment). Slug and Lettuce are a chain all around the UK and always seem to have different food and drink deals. The decor of this was nice and modern, I had a nice local beer; it is Cask...

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  • Angelic?

    I believe this bar is recently under new management and has had a bit of a facelift, all the wood has been sanded and waxed, there are local photos on the walls and lots of light fresh paint. It also had an outdoor area at the back. The building, like many of the surrounding, is Grade 2 listed. We had a look at the menu and they do a lunchtime...

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  • Indian take-away

    This is a restaurant too but we've only had a take away. We ordered over the phone and then went to collect, getting free popadoms too. I can't remember exactly what I had but it was tasty and spicy which is how I like it. We cooked our own rice at home to save money. The menu is in Poole and they don't have a website so I'm afraid I can't really...

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Poole Nightlife

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  • Dog racing and Greyhounds

    I never knew this place existed, until I got carted off to it with my uncle. The stadium which is lit up with big football type lights (the kind you get at Wembley), is not far from Town. There’s car parking at the front, & steps which lead into a large reception area. There’s a large viewing area which looks out onto the track & a bar. The main...

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  • Place to go

    Mint is the best place in Poole to go at night. The barmen are amazing as is one of the managers. Everyone is really friendly and make you feel welcome. The unisex toilets are unusual, but really good at the same time. The layout of the place is great, 3 bars in one club, AMAZING!!! Especially as the best barmen in the world work upstairs where I...

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  • Bikes on the Quay

    Tuesday nights on Poole Quay in the summer - spot hundreds of gleaming motorcycles, old and new. Being paraded for all to admire. Great for families, all ages, aspiring bikers, or those wanting to relive past times. No dress code. Come as you are!

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Poole Transportation

  • The #1 Circular Bus Service

    Whilst Poole's town centre is relatively compact and easily walkable there's also a useful circular bus service which runs every 15 minutes during the day. The service starts and finishes at stand H at the main bus station and loops around via the railway station, the town centre and the quay with a journey time of about 25 minutes. Maximum single...

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  • Poole Ferry Terminal

    This is more a "FROM" tip really but I suppose it is "TO" when coming back!Poole Ferry Terminal is located about 20 minutes walk from the town centre, across the harbour bridge. From here there are daily Brittany Ferries to Cherbourg, with a summer crossing time of just over two hours, and summer services run by Condor Ferries to St Malo, Jersey...

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  • Arriving By Train

    Poole Railway Station is located at the back of the bus station in the town centre. Poole is on the main South West Trains line between London Waterloo and Weymouth and trains run roughly every half hour with a journey time from Waterloo of just over 2 hours.Website below has all the info.

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Poole Shopping

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  • Smelly

    The Lush chain began in Poole on the old high street and as the flagship store this is one of the few to also have a spa. Their main offices are a little further round on Market St. We found the sales staff to be the right side of helpful, they offered us things to try and advice on the best bath bomb for a cold (a lime one) which was tried later...

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  • Rescuscitating The High Street

    Following the 2004 revamp of Poole's Dolphin Centre shopping mall the High Street was consigned to every other shop becoming a charity outlet. In order to revitalitise it the Town Centre Management and the Borough Council introduced a weekly street market.OK every shop is still a charity outlet but the market has gone from stregnth to stregnth and...

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  • Dolphin Looking Old

    The Dolphin Centre was a thriving shopping centre back in the day. But lately it's been beginning to look extremely dated, and many of the top shops have moved out. Still worth a look, but I'm afraid I forsee a bleak future for the building.

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Poole Local Customs

  • HMS Poole

    (J 147) - Bangor-class Minesweeper HMS Poole was a Bangor Class Minesweeper that was built in Glasgow and launched in 1941; the ship was a turbine-engine variant with a top speed of 16 knots (18.6 miles/h) and carried a compliment of 60. In 1943 along with three other Minesweepers the ship captured the Italian submarine Bronzo, which was then...

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  • Upgrading The Groyne Protection!

    The South Coast's beaches are under constant threat of erosion which is neither good for the tourist industry nor for the coastal defences that the beaches naturally provide. The age-old solution has been to construct wooden or metal groynes, effectively sand traps, at regular intervals along ther beachfront. These old-fashioned groynes however...

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  • Not Sure If This Is A Ronnie Barker One?

    One of the classic1970's UK sit-coms was "Open All Hours". The inimatable Ronnie Barker played the crafty, but amusingly grumpy shopkeeper Arkwright and David Jason his haphazardly helpful assistant, Granville.In one particular episode Arkwright was opening up the shop and whitewash writing the day's special on the window. I can't remember exactly...

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Poole Warnings and Dangers

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    by johngayton Updated Mar 25, 2013

    If walking or driving along the coast through Poole you should be aware that the Poole Harbour Lifting Bridge is scheduled to open about 12 times a day to allow boats in and out of the main harbour. Expect delays of about 15 minutes during operation and that traffic does back up for quite some distance on either side during busy times.

    This is especially worth noting if heading to and from the Ferry Terminal. Lifting times are shown on website below:

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Poole What to Pack

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    by Jenniflower Written Jun 10, 2007

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    Luggage and bags: Luggage with wheels is always a good idea, wherever you are travelling.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Whether snowy/wet/sunny/warm or cold weather, layer your clothing.
    Wear thermal underwear (these are easily bought at the local clothing shops), with warm leggings and a top under a toasty jacket for the cold. I have my trusty grey duffle coat, plus a white snow jacket for this type of weather, and they are a godsend!
    Wear flat shoes that have a good grip, as when it is snowing, and afterwards, when it is sludge, it's really difficult to walk and keep your balance!
    Always remember to bring a cap/hat that covers your head and neck for when it gets hot, as well as sunglasses.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen (Factor 35 is the minimum factor I use, no matter what the weather is), headache tablets and usual little things like some plasters for blisters, cotton wool, germolene etc.

    Photo Equipment: Your camera, with charger, and a EUROPEAN plug extension.

    Miscellaneous: Have a map of the area handy, plus a local bird, flower and tree book. For this you also need a pair of good quality binoculars

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Poole Off The Beaten Path

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    New Sunseeker

    by CDM7 Written Dec 29, 2012

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    Is a U.K luxury motor yacht manufacturer who have been building boats since 1979.The boats are built in Poole ,Dorset and the boat building yard can be seen from Poole quay.
    The boats are featured in several James Bond films,such as The WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH,DIE ANOTHER DAY,CASINO ROYALE and QUANTUM OF SOLACE.

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  • Poole Old Town

    As with many characterful English towns the 1960's and 70's planners did Poole few favours. But then I suppose there's nothing new there in that the Georgian planners of the 18th century did similar things. Hmmm...but at least the Georgians had a bit of style.That said though, Poole is overall quite an attractive town and some of the more modern...

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  • Poole Lifting Bridge

    Whilst this is also written up as a "Warnings and Dangers" tip (due to the traffic disruption it causes) it is a fascinating piece of machinery.This is third bridge to be built over this narrow neck of Poole's harbour. The original bridge was a wooden affair, constructed in 1834 as a money-making toll bridge, but because it needed the clearance to...

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  • The Poole Welcome Centre

    This is Poole's official tourist information centre and is situated in the middle of the Quay. Here friendly,knowledgeable staff can assist with just about any tourist query - accommodation, things to do, public transport etc. They stock the usual freebie leaflets as well as local guide books and maps for sale and act as agents for the local...

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