A bustling Quay, the best beaches in England and stunning natural harbour make Poole, Dorset a natural first choice on the South Coast.



World renowned for its award winning beaches, beautiful harbour, sailing and the pottery that bears the name of the town, Poole is fast becoming known as the St Tropez of the south coast. Lying between the New Forest and the Purbeck Hills, the harbour enjoys five unique islands, fabulous scenery, wonderful wildlife and exhilarating watersports.

With five kilometres of safe, clean, sandy beaches including the world famous Sandbanks, winner of fourteen European Blue Flags, Poole is the ideal place to relax in luxurious surroundings.

Much of the town’s history is visible on the quay, one of Poole’s major tourist attractions. The exciting Cockle Trail guides visitors around the old town’s mix of Georgian and medieval buildings bringing to life Poole’s romantic seafaring and trading history.

Poole has a wide selection of fabulous restaurants, catering for every taste. It is well provided with amenities, including covered shopping centres, an arts centre, several museums, four indoor sports centres and the Tower Park complex which includes a 10 screen cinema, ten pin bowling and a fun pool. Alfresco dining with fabulous harbour views add to Poole’s lively continental atmosphere.

Poole Quay
A hive of activity, the quay has a long history dating back to Roman times. A few hundred years ago, Poole was one of the countries foremost fishing ports with boats from the town voyaging all the way to the Grand Banks and Newfoundland for cod. As with any sea-port, piracy and smuggling were big business; the town was sacked by the Spanish in 1405 as retribution for the raids of Harry Paye, and in 1747 the Custom House was raided by 60 angry smugglers anxious to reclaim their seized contraband.
Now a little more relaxed, Poole Quay is home to leisure boating and many pubs, some with live music.

From Fisherman's Dock walking west, past the ugly apartment block built on the site of the famous Poole Pottery will bring you to the commercial part. Here you can see live concerts, and every summer Tuesday evening the quay is given over to motor-cycles, thousands of them, vintage to modern, well worth a look!

Beaches
Britain's best beach - Sandbanks, more blue flags than any other UK beach. 3 miles of golden sands, clean clear waters, waterside restaurants and bars and fun for all the family.

Record breaking beaches - Poole has held highly coveted International Blue Flags for the past 21 years. This indicates the beaches have consistently met high standards of management and cleanliness.

Clean and clear - Crystal waters lap the shores of six golden sandy beaches

Safe for all - zones for swimmers and boarders with lifeguard patrols and 'baywatch' towers to ensure a safe, fun, relaxing time.

Click on the link below to visit the offical Poole web site.

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