Poole is a seaside town in Dorset, on the edge of the Purbecks. It is famed for its sandy beaches, many of which have won Blue Flag status and has a long tradition as a working port. Fishing and boat-building are still important local industries, as well as tourism and leisure.
Poole Harbour is Europe’s largest natural harbour and watersports are popular here. Boats run from the Quay over to Brownsea Island where you can enjoy its peaceful woodland walks and wide range of wildlife.
Poole Lighthouse is the home of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra while nightlife in Poole is centred in the bars, restaurants and clubs of Old Town Poole, set in the narrow, cobbled streets close to the Quay. Family entertainment comes in the form of Tower Park which boasts a super-sized cinema, 10 pin bowling lanes, Splashdown, bingo hall and many restaurants.
The Dolphin Shopping Centre is Poole’s main shopping zone, with many leading high street names such as Primark, New Look and Marks and Spencer. The High Street leading down to the Quay also has a further collection of shops, restaurants and pubs.
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