Travel by Condor Ferries to Poole

Blessed with the largest natural harbour in Europe, making it the second largest in the world, Poole boasts multi award-winning beaches, and a delightful mixture of the historic and modern. The bustling quayside offers harbour cruises, shopping and waterside dining, and is a hot spot for watersports lovers.

Family Fun & Local Attractions

Sandbanks Beach

There are many family activities in Poole, and the surrounding areas whatever the weather. From Brownsea Island which is situated in the middle of Poole Harbour right through to Camp Bestival. For those of you on foot, Poole has access links to all over Dorset so you can take a closer look at its heritage or take a stroll through the countryside made famous by Thomas Hardye and ITV’s Broadchurch.

Alternatively, Tower Park, the south coast’s largest entertainment center provides entertainment for the whole family, from bowling to cinema, a choice of restaurants and a waterpark.

High Adrenaline

Windsurfer at Poole Windfest

Beginners and experts can take advantage of Poole harbour and it’s beaches, with a wide range of watersports, from kayaking to windsurfing, kite boarding and sailing. We also host a manmade reef in Branksome so it’s the perfect spot for surfers! Tuition and equipment hire is available from various local suppliers.

Fine Dining and Farmers Markets

Fine Dining

There are a wide variety of eateries available from, beach cafés and bistros to gourmet harbour view restaurants. Why not sample locally caught seafood? Due to its location, theres a huge range of seafood restaurants for you to choose from, from fine dining eateries to the more classic fish and chip shop!

Miles of Sandy Beaches

Sandbanks Peninsular and Poole Harbour

Sandbanks beach in Poole has regularly held the European 'Blue Flag' award since the 1980s and is ranked within the top ten beaches in Europe. With its fine golden sand, gradually sloping beach and clean safe water, it's easy to understand why. For those who are active, make the most out of the beach volleyball nets or try out some watersports. For those looking to enjoy some home comforts, there are beach huts available for hire, plus a number of designated areas for BBQs.

Poole Tourism Website (Link opens in a new window)

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