Explore the best things to do in Poole, UK and discover all it has to offer you on your vacation. Located on the South coast of England, Poole is a popular tourist resort with a large natural harbor, Blue Flag beaches and plenty of interesting places to visit, whatever the British weather is like! From swimming in the beaches to enjoying some fun activities in farm park, Poole offers a lot of fun activities for any traveler. Since you’re already around the area, there are also a couple of Airbnb vacation rentals in Poole and glamping spots on the Dorset Coast you can rent out to extend your stay and enjoyment.
1. Brownsea Island
A short boat ride from Poole will take you to the National Trust sight of Brownsea Island, which has spectacular views that spread out to the Purbeck Hills. Formerly a private island with a castle built by Henry VIII, it now houses a wildlife sanctuary which has one of the last red squirrel colonies in Britain. Use your time to explore the vastness of woodland, heathland and even a lagoon. There’s also a natural playground, picnic areas and even an eco-camping area - a must visit for nature lovers.
Address: Brownsea Island, Poole BH13 7EE, England
Website: Brownsea Island
2. Splashdown Waterpark Poole
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Whatever the British weather is like, a visit to the Splashdown Waterpark Poole will easily please most people. With 13 indoor and outdoor flume rides, ranging from severe to easy, there’s plenty of thrills to be had on your visit and some even have sound and light effects. For little ones, there are 3 splash zones and when you need a rest, take refuge in their own site cafe or lounge on one of the pool’s sunbeds.
Splashdown Waterpark Poole
Address: Splashdown Poole, Tower Park, Poole, Dorset BH12 4NY
Website: Splashdown Waterpark Poole
3. Sandbanks Beach
One of the best things to do in Dorset also happens to be one of the best beaches on the South Coast and a holder of the European Blue Flag for a record 30 years. With fine golden sand and clean, safe water, it’s a perfect setting for a day out on the beach. It has excellent facilities - crazy golf course, children’s play area, a slackline, barbecue area and cafe - and a wide selection of water sports including parascending, inflatable “Bronco’s” or “Ringos”, jet-ski hire and power boat rides.
Address: Banks Road, BH13 7QQ, England
Website: Sandbanks Beach
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4. Upton Country Park
A quick drive from Poole center will take you to the serene parkland of the award winning Upton Country Park, a favorite tourist attraction in the area. Stroll amongst the wildlife along the shoreline or admire the botanical Walled Garden; for kids there’s plenty of opportunities for them to use up their energy in the Woodland Play Trail or to play games on the Front Lawn. A Gallery and Tea Room are open everyday whilst the The Georgian splendor of the Grade II listed Upton House is only open on certain days of the year.
Upton Country Park
Address: Upton, Poole BH17 7BJ, England
Website: Upton Country Park
5. Poole Museum
For a nautical theme and a sense of the history of Poole from prehistoric times up to modern day, drop by the Poole Museum to see their displays of archaeological artifacts from the Roman period to medieval times. As you walk in, there is a massive viking longboat at the entrance, a great attraction to entice you in further to learn more about Stone, Bronze and Iron ages. While you’re there, you can also visit the other buildings housed under the museum: Oakley’s Mill, a Victorian grain warehouse, Town Cellars and Scaplen’s Court.
Address: 4 High Street, Poole BH15 1BW, England
Website: Poole Museum
6. Poole Harbor
For somewhere beautiful to watch the world go by, head to Poole Harbor for some people and boat watching. This is the second largest natural harbor in the world and is a great place to get a feel of Poole’s sea history. As you stroll along the quayside, look out for tall ships, fishing vessels and luxury Sunseeker powerboats, or alternatively, take a drink at one of the many cafes or bars and admire the The Twin Sails Bridge.
Address: Poole, UK
Website: Poole Harbor
7. RNLI Memorial Sculpture
This memorial is dedicated to the brave and selfless lifeboat and rescue crews who have volunteered acts of heroism in order to save others. The memorial is not only designed to honor local crews, but also others in local communities, and this is the only place where they are all named together. It’s a beautiful reminder of those who were lost at sea to save the lives of others.
RNLI Memorial Sculpture
Address: Poole, Dorest
Website: RNLI Memorial Sculpture
8. Compton Acres
With 5 gardens laid out on a circular route, visitors can easily walk around each one at their own leisure and discover the particular styles of each garden, from the Italian garden to the Japanese, or the Rock and Water Garden. When you need to take a break, there are plenty of tea rooms and cafes for you to recharge your batteries before heading through the other gardens of Woodland and Heather.
Address: 164 Canford Cliffs Road, Poole Dorset BH13 7ES, England
Website: Compton Acres
9. Farmer Palmer's Farm Park
For a fun day out for the family, Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park provides an abundance of kids’ activities and animal events. From bottle feeding the lambs, hand feeding the goats, cuddling guinea pigs or watching the pig race, your little ones will love this experience. If that’s not enough, they can also go on a ‘lumpy bumpy’ tractor ride across the fields or play in the hay barn that has slides, or have a go on the tandem go-karts.
Farmer Palmer's Farm Park
Address: Wareham Road, Organford, Poole, Dorset BH16 6EU, England
Website: Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park
For a great way to see the coastal views, head on board a boat for a Jurassic Coast cruise and enjoy the sights of Poole Harbor, Brownsea Island, the Blue Lagoon, and the swanky coastal enclave of Sandbanks. The shore of the Jurassic Coast was the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in England, so you’ll be guaranteed a treat on your day out. From Swanage Bay’s Victorian Pier, you’ll take a short walk along the beach before jumping on the steam train where you can hop on and off any of the 5 stops between Swanage and Norden.
Poole to the Jurrasic Coast Tour with Steam Train, Sea Cruise
Duration: 5 hours
Relax and explore by the seaside
Poole has everything you’d want from a seaside resort, from relaxing on some of Britain’s best beaches, exploring the local islands and coastline or immersing yourself in the countryside surroundings. To cap it all off, make sure you sample a meal of traditional fish and chips followed by some delicious ice cream to capture the true essence of a British holiday on the coast. If you’re wondering where to stay, the county of Dorset offers several sea view hotels, log cabins, and self-catering accomodations you can rent.
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