Neighbouring Bournemouth, Poole is a bustling coastal town, home to miles of award-winning sandy beaches (including Sandbanks, considered by many as one of the UK’s best beaches) and a thriving watersports scene.
Plus it’s a great base for exploring the rest of Dorset and its dramatic coastline.
Stunning Poole Harbour
Many people know Poole for its beautiful, natural harbour – the second largest in the world and the largest in Europe.
With over a dozen yacht clubs and marinas (not to mention the home of Sunseeker powerboats), the harbour is home to all sorts of watersports, ranging from kitesurfing to waterskiing, wakeboarding to jet skiing, paddleboarding to windsurfing – the list goes on.
The historic Quayside and Old Town
Poole has an incredible history, dating back thousands of years. Wander around the cobbled streets of the Old Town and get a feel for the town in years gone by.
From the Old Town, you can head to Poole Quay, just a few minutes’ walk away, bustling with lots of bars, restaurants and pubs.
Sandbanks’ golden sands
Home to some of the most expensive houses and land in the UK, Sandbanks is as well known for its famous residents as it is for its beautiful beach.
And when it comes to the beach, you won't be disappointed. Fine, golden sands offer the perfect spot to do as much or as little as you choose.
Sandbanks is a great beach to visit year-round but it really comes to life in the summer, hosting sporting events and a boutique music festival.
Watch some of the UK's top volleyball players at The Sandbanks Beach Volleyball Festival and celeb-spot at Sandpolo – a firm fixture in Dorset's social calendar. Or, if music festivals are more your thing, SandFest is the ultimate party on the beach, attracting the likes of Rudimental, Danny Howard and Artful Dodger.
Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts
Located in the heart of Poole town centre and just minutes from both the bus and train station, the Lighthouse is the largest regional arts centre in the UK outside of London.
From dance to comedy, music to visual arts, drama to film, there really is something for everyone to enjoy.
The facilities at the Lighthouse are pretty impressive too, with a symphonic concert hall (home to the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra), theatres, a cinema and art galleries.