Poole is in Dorset, on the south coast of England.

12 things to do

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RNLI College

Comfortable 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 Mon-Sat 11am and 2.30pm, but must be booked in advance on +44 1202 308 500. Riggers restaurant has mains from £10.

Brownsea Island

A 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.

Branksome Beach

has a 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.

Upton Country Park

It 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.

SEE   —  Poole Road, BH17 7BJ

Kingston Lacy

A large house and estate formerly 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.

Poole Pottery

Famous manufacturers of pottery and ceramics. Poole Pottery has a long history of designing and creating ceramics but also has a contemporary ranges.

BUY   —  Map

Westfield Dolphin Shopping Centre

A large indoor shopping centre with the usual high street brands including Marks and Spencer, Boots, Next and Primark.

BUY   —  BH15 1SZ

Tandoori Nights

is an excellent curry house, which can get quite busy Friday and Saturday nights.


serves mostly fish dishes with seafood caught locally the same day.

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