Poole is an area of great natural beauty in the county of Dorset, with great travel links both to the rest of the country and, thanks to ferry services, across the Channel. However, the stunning sight of Poole Harbour - the largest natural harbour in Europe - is enough to make a visit to this socially and historically rich town worthwhile. If that doesn’t float your boat, then the beautiful Sandbanks and Branksome Chine beaches will be sure to take your breath away. These are often heralded as Britain’s best beaches.
Also easily reachable from Poole and well worth a visit is Brownsea Island, a National Trust property and a haven of peace and tranquillity. The Scouting movement was founded on Brownsea Island, and visitors can follow various nature walks across the 500 acres of heath and woodland. Services from London Waterloo to Weymouth stop at Poole, with our Advance Fares costing just £12 Standard Class and £20 First Class, one way, when you book early.
Fast Fact: Poole Harbour has always been a big part of the area. In the 19th century, 90% of the population of Poole was employed on the harbour.
Poole has a host of beautiful Blue Flag beaches, from Sandbanks beach to Branksome Chine. Sit back and relax on one of the many deck chairs dotted along the coast and enjoy the beautiful views of the Isle of Wight and Ballard Downs.
The Dolphin Shopping Centre is the largest indoor shopping centre in Dorset, and offers over 100 great shops for you to choose from. Plus, it’s only a short five minute walk away from the train station.
If you’re looking for a great family day out then head to Splashdown Water Park for some of the country’s most exciting water flumes. The park offers fun all year round, with a selection of indoor rides available in the winter.
Head to Brownsea Island in scenic Poole Harbour to wonder at the spectacular views and thriving natural habitat. Look out for red squirrels and a variety of rare birds in this historic National Trust site.