Islands • Nature & Wildlife Areas
What travellers are saying
- Came here loads with Girlguiding but have also taken family out there. Very easy to get to & can leave your car in the car park, tho I expect that gets busy later in the day especially in the summer. So peaceful on the island with no traffic. Great place to walk or explore & love the red squirrels.Written November 12, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Best beach I can ever remember. No litter, just mile after mile of flat fine sand.. Excellent for a bracing walk.
Looks like it is well maintainedWritten November 8, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- The 1st time I've been to Poole, we had an enjoyable day there followed by a boat trip round 5 of the Islands. The information given by the captain was most enjoyable, and very informative.Written November 7, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Went with a 2 year old and 1 year old who all enjoyed their time there.
It's quite expensive with 2 adults but I accept these are a sign of the times.
Staff in the animal areas were wonderful.
The 3 staff at reception were not wonderful however, and I felt I was interrupting their chat on entry.
When leaving they never acknowledged us or said goodbye even though it was very quiet and the 3 of them were chatting again.
Lovely place but I knocked 1 star off for poor reception staff manners.
Everything else was lovely.Written December 5, 2022
- Visited with big old pram with 9month old and family. £8.95 entry each, we read comments was free but was happy to pay and try out. Very cute and easy to guide and walk paths with a pram. Had another route with steps too. Different areas to see and even though we went end of Autumn time it was still very pretty and peaceful and history to read was excellent! Young baby loved the trees and plants to see. Toilets cafe and shops there were good too! Spent about 2hours here total.Written November 27, 2022
- Great little ferry that continues thru most of the year that’s a fab shortcut back from Swanage that saves u having to drive the long way home. Prices went up earlier this year & it seems to have been shut a lot this year as I’ve seen a lot of signs saying it’s closed.Written November 12, 2022
- Good dog friendly beach. A stretch of beach is approx 1km which allow dogs on, nice sandy beach which doesn’t seem to be a problem to get on even at high tide. We parked in the car park just close by and this was pay by card, cash or app. Spent approx 1hr here just wish we had a bit more beach we could have walked on, but the dogs enjoyed it and there is a cafe to get an ice cream from.Written September 15, 2022
- Our trip was seriously affected by the weather which was not the fault of Condor but they allowed us to reorganise the trip for the following week and kept us well informed of changes to sailing times due to the weather.
They also gave extra assistance to my wife who had recently hurt her knee and was having to use a crutch. This was really helpful.Written November 23, 2022
- We bought combined tickets for the ferry and island visit online - very easy to do, pleasant staff checked we were given a map at several points, and all very clear and comfortable.Written October 30, 2022
- Love walking round this lake, free parking and playground for the kids. With little balancing activities on way round for them. Look out for jelly fish you can see in the lake especially round the far side where it is shallowerWritten September 14, 2022
- Been here a few years back and so much work has been done. We had a lovely 3mile walk round. Good paths if you have prams or wheelchairs. Dogs all seemed to be enjoying the little streamWritten September 14, 2022
- There are a lot of interesting exhibits and it is definitely worth a visit. I could not honestly say that it will keep you occupied for hours but with its eclectic content there will be some interest for many. There is no theme as such that you can follow so you will wander around from topic to topic. Like many museums, there is little for young children and I would not expect there to be so I would advise against using it as a rainy day activity for them.Written September 12, 2022
- caught a crab, went swimming had a great time dogs loved it, played ball, watched the boats, warm sea water,Written October 14, 2022
- Overall pretty good venue and experience.
+ mostly indoor so good to do during their last opening weekend of the year
+ slides in good condition
+ slides/rafts entertaining to ride
+ lots of staff around
+ queueing system works well, and mostly queues not too long
+ cameras on the exit of some slides to help you go (especially helpful when wristband sensors not working)
- outdoor slides are up metal stairs, this was quite painful to walk on with bare feet. Understandably metal for health and safety (non-slip), but possibly the metal steps could be overlaid with the same material as the floor outside which is quite comfortable to walk on bare footed.
- wristbands did not always work, the system for scanning the wristband needs a bit of improving. For example, some slides have a target indicating to tap wristband there to register you to go, other slides have an arrow that points to a small window. If you don't know to tap the window you can be there for quite a while as it appears the arrow is the bit to tap. This caused a lot of the queueing issues.
- can be unclear which staff are lifeguards and which staff are not. Some difference in uniform but some lifeguards had 'lifeguard' written on their uniform which made them stand out, the other staff could have writing on their shirts too to identify them better.
Booked a 3 hour session thinking we could leave if we got bored however, this was not the case. We managed to do all the slides multiple times in the 3 hours we had and enjoyed almost all of our time (barring the metal stairs with bare feet).
The changing rooms are large and non-gendered so you can get changed near your friends without issue. There were also some larger changing rooms for families so taking younger children wouldn't be a problem either. The toilets are gendered and are a bit outdated however it doesn't detract from the experience or the use of the waterpark. The showers are located as you enter/exit the poolside area and did not have a large water pressure (pretty standard for swimming pools). There were enough showers that no one was left waiting in the cold to shower off afterwards which was good.
There is a large seating area pool level near the foot/drink serving area for spectators to sit in, which looked to be popular with parents taking their children swimming. Poolside area not too hot so quite nice to sit and read or do something else while the children entertain themselves.
Would visit again, and already considering one of their other locations for next season!Written October 20, 2022
- Booked to see Sophie Ellis-Bextor at the Lighthouse as a Christmas present for my wife. The venue was modern and the auditorium quite large.
Sound and seating was good. Two notes of concern that patrons were allowed to bring glasses into the auditorium, rather than plastic beakers and they were allowed to move from the upper seating area to the stalls unchecked when the show stat=rted. H&S concernsWritten March 21, 2022
Frequently Asked Questions about Poole
- The most popular things to do in Poole with children according to Tripadvisor travellers are:
- Farmer Palmer's Farm Park
- Brownsea Island
- Branksome Chine
- Sandbanks Beach
- Poole Museum and Scaplen's Court Museum and Herb Garden