Poole Welcome Centre, Poole Quay, Poole, Dorset BH15 1HJ
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The Waterfront Museum, 4 High St, Poole, Dorset BH15 1BW
Tel:01202 262 600
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Boat Trips - see below for list of boats operating from Poole
The Dorset Belles Tel: 01202 558550
Blue Line Cruises Ltd Tel: freephone 0800 0960695
Brownsea Island Ferries Ltd 01929 462383
Greenslades Ferry Service Tel: 01202 669955 or 631828
Dolphin III (equipped for people with a disability) Tel: 01258 857806
Poole Sea Safari Tel: 07792 820245
The National Trust are the landowners at Brownsea Island.
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Poole Harbour is the second largest harbour in the world after Sydney, Australia. The Quay is a hive of activity all year round with a huge array of fishing boats, yachts, powerboats and pleasure cruisers.
There are many sight-seeing and fishing trips available. For the more adventurous you can even hire your own boat. A trip to Brownsea Island is a must. The charm of the landscape, the rich variety of wildlife, including the endangered red squirrel, and an intriguing heritage make the island a fascinating place to visit.
The quayside itself has plenty of waterside attractions including the famous Customs House, gift shops, and cafes, bars and restaurants to suit every taste. There is also the world famous Poole Pottery factory shop and the Waterside Museum, which expertly brings to life Poole's historic past. Or why not explore 750 years of history for real on the Cockle Trail, a fascinating walk around the Quay and the Old Town, guided by 78 brass plaques.
Of course, no holiday on the south coast would be complete without a beach, and Poole's is fantastic; three miles of golden sand, that is safe and clean, with more European Blue Flags than any other British resort.
A short walk from town is Poole Park, a 55 acre oasis with a jungle playground for children, a remote control boat lake and a miniature railway. Slightly further away is the Tower Park complex with Splashdown water park, bowling and a cinema and the Courtyard Centre, a working craft centre featuring 14 local crafts, with regular workshops and an award winning cream tea.
By Bus: The Jurassic Coast Bus Service, CoastlinX53, stops at Poole.
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By Rail: Daily services run to and from Poole to all major cities including London Waterloo, Edinburgh, York, Birmingham, Manchester and Southampton. For further information Tel 08457 484950 or visit National Rail Enquiries.
By Coach: National Express operates regular services to Poole from all parts of the country. For further information Tel:.08705 808080 or visit Traveline
By Road: From London take the M3 to just before Southampton and then M27 Westbound. The M27 turns into the A31 and heads across the New Forest. You then need to pick up signs for the Poole Cross Channel Ferry. By following these Car Ferry signs you will arrive at Poole Quayside
Visitors travelling from the North/Midlands should use the A34 and then pick up the M3/M27 and from the West Country head towards Warminster then Blandford then Poole.
By Air: The nearest airport is Bournemouth International which has scheduled services for domestic and international flights.