Things to do in Poole

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Things to Do in Poole


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Parks
Tranquil urban park with diverse activities including playgrounds, miniature train rides, boating, and crazy golf. Features scenic lake views, a cafe, and a pottery studio amidst well-tended gardens.
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Bodies of Water
Scenic harbor with a variety of boat trips, surrounded by eateries and shops, ideal for birdwatchers and history enthusiasts. Enjoy picturesque walks and maritime heritage.
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Beaches
Dog-friendly beach with scenic walks along sand and pine tree-lined paths. Features a cafe with a varied menu and an ice cream kiosk, plus picturesque beach huts.
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Gardens
Tranquil gardens showcasing Italian and Japanese themes, complete with water features and a variety of flora. Enjoy serene walks and discover hidden treasures amidst lush landscapes.
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Ferries
Island getaway teeming with wildlife, scenic boat rides, and nature trails. Highlights include red squirrel encounters and a natural play area for children.
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Ferries
Efficient chain ferry providing a scenic shortcut across the harbour with picturesque views, ideal for a quick, unique nautical journey. Note: Remain in vehicles during crossing.
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  • John R
    London, UK337 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Having drunk their rose at Rick Stein’s we decided to cycle out to visit the vineyard. Nobody around so looked into the vines before ringing the bell for attention. No problem as Andrew hailed me from pruning amongst the vines.

    He came and took us into the tasting room where he gave us a guided tasting of his five other wines, two of which are oak barrelled and new additions to their range.

    Generous tastings and in an appropriate sequence with suggestions of what to eat with them.

    Answered every question we asked and explained their development over the past quarter century.

    Then took us to the vines and demonstrated how shoots would be tied out.

    A delightful visit.
    Written January 20, 2024
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  • Katie E
    Poole, UK6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I first visited Farmer Palmers with my daughter when she was 11 months and not yet walking, it was my birthday and my Mother came too. We spent most of the day there, playing in the small fun barn, riding the tractors, feeding the goats and sheep, holding a Guinea pig, playing in the sandpit, riding the go carts and going on the beautiful woodland walk/dinosaur trail so she could have a sleep in the pushchair!! She was smiling the whole time so I got an annual pass then. Kids are free until they’re 2 yrs old, so it worked out extremely good value for money!!
    Well, my daughter is now 2 and a half and we go at least once a week, if not more, sometimes even just for a couple of hours in the morning or afternoon. I’m fortunate to live locally. My mother also takes her there occasionally, she now has an annual pass too!
    As she’s gotten older and more capable, there is so much more she can do there now, she’s gets so excited when we turn into the Farm Park. The receptionists are always so friendly when they greet us.
    The restaurant does lovely hot chocolate, amazing cakes and a good range of hot and cold food.
    It’s always our favourite day of the week at Farmer Palmers, no matter what the weather, and my daughter always comes away happy and tired out!!!
    Written April 9, 2024
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  • Seaside708544
    Croydon, UK1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    nice and peaceful for a winter calm walk alone or with your partner. it wasnt a warm day but we still enjoy. Its the end of day walk u need
    Written March 1, 2024
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  • TJA950
    Gillingham, UK1,499 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
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  • Jo G
    Leamington Spa, UK2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A really pretty and tranquil place only a 20 minute ferry ride away from Poole Quay. I spent a few hours there enjoying the beautiful scenery and walking to various points of interest. I was a Venture Scout many years ago and it was interesting to see the place where scouting was born. I didn’t see a red squirrel but would love to go back to see the island again during the summer months. I had a nice coffee from the snack van but would suggest you take some cash with you in case the card machine isn’t working.
    Written April 8, 2024
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  • tania C
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Went on the Land train today. This is manned by volunteers. They were all lovely and let the children sit in the front of the train for a picture. Both girls loved the train.
    Written April 14, 2024
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  • hilary d
    London, UK826 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We were staying in Bournemouth for the weekend,Saturday -Monday 23rd-25th March 2024 and we drove here on the Sunday.

    We were very lucky with the weather!

    Poole is a nice place to walk around on a sunny day!
    Written March 28, 2024
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  • Michelle A
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a beautiful area. The beach was so clean and it welcomed dogs too. Everyone we met on our beach dog walks were very friendly.
    Written March 8, 2024
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  • 1856362
    16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A hidden gem. We visited for the first time and had lunch in the cafe. It was a lovely lunch and staff were helpful. The gardens were exceptional. Kept up together and very interesting. I recommend this to all ages. Our group ranged from 1 year - 75 years old. We visited during the summer months.
    Written April 9, 2024
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  • Scott-Blake Travels
    Poole, UK246 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We haven’t been to Brownsea island in years. It’s just on our doorstep and it doesn’t go a day or two without seeing it just across the water. I find the the cost to get there by boat and the admission onto the island is really expensive especially if you are paying for a family but likely we had the chance to visit with our little boys squirrels group.

    It’s such a wonderful place. Peaceful, full of wildlife and lots to do. We were lucky enough to see some red squirrels 🐿️ too.

    There is a nice little scout shop, refreshments and ice cream hut in the middle of the island where there scout camp is which is good when it’s a hot day and there is a lot of walking to do. Just down one of the paths from there is a children’s play area where they can climbs, make shelters and areas to have a picnic 🧺

    It’s a real shame they no longer have a National Trust shop there now. There use to be one at the quay side as you went in as we love to have a look around and buy a few things to remind us of our visit.
    Written September 2, 2023
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  • Carole S
    Helston, UK57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very good park something for all youngsters ages.cheap enough to park.a nice little café in the park and right on the water front too.lots of room on the grass for kicking a ball around.
    Written March 12, 2023
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  • jilliano672
    Horsham District, UK167 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We didn't have to wait very long on our journey home - we were 3rd in the queue arriving by 10am. In the high season the queues both on the Studland & Sandbanks side could be very long, but the ferry does save a longer drive via Wareham to Swanage.
    Written April 10, 2024
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