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If you are looking for inspiration when planning your holiday or short break in Poole, Poole Tourism has identified the top ten must-do’s.

Top Ten things to do in Poole

Take in Europe’s largest natural harbour

Hop on a harbour cruise from Poole Quay to witness some of the most stunning coastline views in the UK. See the five small islands of Brownsea, Furzey, Green, Long and Round and the world renowned Sandbanks peninsular where you can glimpse spectacular houses worth millions of pounds.

Relax on stunning beaches

Walk along Poole’s 3 mile stretch of blue flag awarded beaches including Britain’s best beach - Sandbanks.  There are designated zones for swimmers and windsurfers.

Soak up the bustling Quayside

With its vibrant atmosphere, busy marina, factory price shopping, boat cruises and wide choice of restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs, Poole Quay is a great day out. Globally renowned Sunseeker is based just across the water so the quayside is the perfect base to view luxurious super yachts. For the kids, grab a bucket and line, as there’s plenty of crabbing opportunities.

Discover fascinating history

Delve into Poole town’s rich history with a trip to Poole Museum, ranked as one of the top free attractions in the South West by Visit England. The self-guided ‘Cockle Trail Walk’ takes you around the beautiful old town and quayside, and back in time with tales of Poole’s past.

Explore stunning parks and gardens

For spectacular gardens, Poole is hard to beat with Compton Acres, reputed to be the finest gardens in Europe and Upton Country Park - an early 19th Century residence built for a wealthy merchant and open for the public to enjoy. Immaculately maintained Poole Park, just a short walk from the town centre, has plenty to keep the family amused.

Dine Alfresco

Home to a selection of the South West’s best restaurants with the freshest fish from the bay (including locally caught oysters), with some of the best tables and views in the UK, we know you will find something to make your mouth water.

Experience Tower Park

The South Coast’s leading entertainment centre has something for all ages including Splashdown indoor water park, a recently refurbished 16 screen Empire cinema, bowling, Gala bingo, soft play and plenty of leading brand name places to eat.

Cross Poole’s unique Twin Sails bridge

The world’s first triangular leaf lifting bridge is now open.  It is a spectacular sight to behold and taller then Nelson’s Column when its iconic sails are fully raised. Catch a night time lifting to view the colourful bridge lights dominating the landscape.

Be entertained at Lighthouse

Offers a year round programme of national and international events, shows and concerts. The centre is also home to the world class Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

Be thrilled by Poole pirates at Poole Speedway

Watch current Sky Sports Elite League winning team, Poole Pirates battle it out on the speedway track offering exhilarating, edge of the seat action from the world’s top riders. Most Wednesday evenings, March – October.  further information on all these activities can be found at: