Poole Hafen
Poole Hafen

Poole Hafen

Poole

The basics

The best way to see Poole Harbour is by boat. Cruises let you escape the crowds on land and sail beside the Blue Lagoon, Brownsea Island, and Corfe Castle, while onboard commentary details the history of Poole. Explore Poole Harbour at your own pace following a hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour of Bournemouth, which usually includes the choice of a Poole Harbour cruise or a round-trip boat ride from Poole to Swanage.

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Things to know before you go

  • Poole Harbour is home to wetlands that harbor many different species of birds.
  • You can enjoy traditional fish and chips, English cream teas, and a pint of British ale at one of the pubs and restaurants at Poole Quay, which runs alongside the harbor.
  • The smooth surfaces of Poole Quay are accessible for wheelchairs and strollers, as are most of the cruises that depart from the harbor.
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How to get there

Though the harbor is accessible at any time of day or night, cruises depart for the Jurassic Coast and surrounding areas from the early morning until late afternoon depending on the season. Most pubs and restaurants are open late.

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When to get there

From Poole station, Poole Harbour is a 15-minute walk or a 10-minute ride on the No. 8 or X54 bus. Trains from London, Brighton, and Bournemouth depart regularly for Poole.

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Highlights of Poole Quay

The historic Poole quayside offers several family-friendly attractions, including the Poole Museum—which is free to enter and traces the history of the port town—and the Cockle Trail walk, home to interpretation panels that narrate the past. Just minutes from Poole Quay, you’ll also find Poole Park, where there’s seasonal mini golf and ice skating.

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