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.

Getting There

By Bus:  The Jurassic Coast Bus Service, CoastlinX53, stops at Poole.
Find out more about the Jurassic Coast Bus Service

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. 


Map Key

  • Gateway Town

  • Abbotsbury

    This very old village, settled amongst the hills behind the great Chesil Bank, is world famous for its swannery.

  • Axminster

    Axminster, is a pleasant market town with charm and character. Its famous carpet industry was started in 1755, by Thomas Whitty whose factory produced high quality, custom made carpets for stately homes and mansions.

  • Axmouth

    A ten minute walk along the coast from Seaton is the ancient harbour of Axmouth, home to the Sea Discovery Centre.

  • Beer

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    Nestling in a small valley, lies the delightful, 'picture postcard', fishing village of Beer.

  • Bournemouth

    Bournemouth is a superb resort and offers something for everyone.

  • Branscombe

    The picturesque village of Branscombe is said to be the longest in the country, sweeping down a spectacular valley, past colourful thatched cottages with hanging baskets and climbing roses, down to the sea and a shingle beach.

  • Bridport

    Bridport is a small market town with a warm welcome and a world renowned rope and net making industry.

  • Budleigh Salterton

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    This tranquil and historic seaside town nestles on the edge of a pebble beach beneath spectacular red cliffs, made famous by literary giants such as Noel Coward, P.G. Woodhouse and Anthony Trollope.

  • Charmouth

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    Charmouth is a quiet seaside hamlet where time has stood still - the perfect location for a relaxing holiday. It is the best place along the Jurassic Coast to look for fossils.

  • Corfe Castle

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  • Dorchester

    Dorchester is a historic market town with its roots in Roman times; however it is most famously associated with Thomas Hardy. With its elegant 18th century houses, broad Walks and bustling shopping streets, Dorchester has much to offer the visitor.

  • Exeter

    Old and new lie side by side to make Exeter a rich and vibrant city.

  • Exmouth

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    Exmouth, at the estuary's mouth, marks the World Heritage Coastline's western gateway and despite being one of England's oldest resorts, remains untouched by commercialism.

  • Honiton

    Honiton is famous for lace making and is also a major centre for antiques, with shops devoted to furniture, art and second-hand books.

  • Kimmeridge

    Long rock ledges, a pebbled beach line and rocky outcrops all make this bay stunning.

  • Langton Matravers

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  • Lyme Regis

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    The seaside town of Lyme Regis nestles in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty at the point where the rugged West Dorset and East Devon coastlines meet - the heart of the Jurassic Coast.

  • Ottery St Mary

    Ottery St Mary is a little town with a long history. Ottery's roots run deeper than Doomsday Book. In 1061, Edward the Confessor ceded the already established wealthy manor of Oterie to the Cathedral Chapter of Rouen.


  • Poole

    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.

  • Portland

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    Portland is an explorer's island with beautiful scenery and a mysterious quality of isolation, joined only to the mainland by Chesil Beach.

  • Seaton

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    Tucked away in the south eastern corner of Devon, is the beautiful, unspoilt Axe Valley. At the mouth of the River Axe is the friendly, coastal resort of Seaton.

  • Sidmouth

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    Sidmouth still has a unique charm, which has captivated thousands. Beautiful gardens, leisurely walks, Regency history, fine hotels, clean beaches and friendly shops - it's all here in this lovely seaside town.

  • Studland

    The lovely village of Studland is famous for its National Nature Reserve and beautiful natural bay. The village has an interesting Norman church with breathtaking views across the bay.

  • Swanage

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    The gentle shelving beach at Swanage, with its Victorian pier and fabulous views across to the Needles on the Isle of Wight, is hugely popular with families.

  • Wareham

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    Wareham is a fascinating and picturesque market town which dates back over 2000 years.

  • West Bay

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    Just south of Bridport is the pretty harbour village of West Bay, once known as Bridport Harbour. 

  • West Lulworth

    Lulworth Cove is a stunning, textbook perfect, cove and the landscape surrounding it is some of the most outstanding in Britain.

  • Weymouth

    Gateway Town road signWeymouth has so much to offer every visitor. Its fame as a seaside resort dates back over 200 years when King George III holidayed here.