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A harbour, a quayside and wonderful beaches in Dorset

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Poole is a lively coastal town offering the perfect setting for a seaside getaway.

Beautiful beaches and a stunning natural harbour make Poole an idyllic holiday destination. With historical sites, family attractions and a hub for shopping, it’s easy to see why this thriving town is so popular.

After Sydney, Australia, Poole has the second largest harbour in the world, which is home to one of Dorset’s most unique attractions.

Brownsea Island is home to red squirrels, kingfishers and oystercatchers, this remarkable attraction is great for families. Take the ferry for an adventurous day out and enjoy the views of the Purbeck Hills. For keen wildlife spotters and ramblers, a trip to Studland Nature Reserve is a must. With sand dunes and dramatic heathland, the area is a haven for birds and other wildlife. Poole is also the gateway to the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage site. Stretching for 95 miles across Dorset, this is the ideal place for walkers and cyclists.

Boats in the harbour

With its large, sandy beaches and extraordinary geology, you’d be forgiven for thinking Poole was somewhere more exotic on a summer’s day. The renowned Sandbanks Beach is perfect for a family beach day. With clean, clear water and golden sand, this is undoubtedly one of Poole’s finest attractions. Other beaches include Shore Road, Canford Cliffs and Branksome Chine.

“With its large, sandy beaches and extraordinary geology, you’d be forgiven for thinking Poole was somewhere more exotic.”

If you’re looking for a family attraction, head to Splashdown Water Park, Adventure Wonderland or, for an adventure, check out Go Ape. Poole is also a hub for shopping. Complete with high street stores, independent shops and boutiques and the Dolphin shopping centre, there are ample opportunities to indulge in a spot of retail therapy.

For a meal out, seafood lovers will be spoiled for choice. This coastal town is a haven for delicious seafood dishes. Check out The Cruel Sea for a delectable menu serving clams with mixed herbs and white wine, local mackerel with chilli jam or Poole rock oysters. If you’re seeking a hearty British pub meal, check out The Sloop’s mouth-watering menu. Dishes include locally made pork and leek sausages with creamy mash and onion gravy, or beef stovie cake. For a fine dining experience, The Ox is a popular choice. Tuck into a Thermidor crab or pan seared fillet of British beef with caramelised shallots, prosciutto crisps and red wine jus. For something a little different, head to Stefanos Greek Taverna for an array of authentic Greek dishes.

If you’d like to venture out of Poole, you’re not too far from Bournemouth, Corfe Castle and Christchurch.

While you’re there

Brownsea Island

Enjoy stunning views over The Purbeck Hills from the historical Brownsea Island.

Sandbanks Beach

Sandbanks is one of Dorset's most famous areas. Visit the golden sands for a perfect beach day.

Splashdown Waterpark Poole

Shoot down some of the UK’s biggest water flumes and enjoy other thrilling water activities.

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