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Poole Town in Dorset

Photograph of Poole


Poole, including the very desirable location of Sandbanks, is a large coastal town and seaport in east Dorset. The town lies 21 miles east of Dorchester, and Bournemouth adjoins Poole to the east.

The Borough of Poole was made a unitary authority in 1997, gaining administrative independence from Dorset County Council. The town has a current population of about 142,000, the second largest settlement in Dorset.

There has been some sort of human habitation here since Bronze Age. There are records dating from the 12th century when the town began to emerge as an important port, prospering with the introduction of the wool trade. In later centuries the town had important trade links with North America and at its peak in the 18th century it was one of the busiest ports in Britain. During the Second World War, Poole was one of the main departure points for the D-Day Invasion of Normandy.

Today Poole is a tourist resort, attracting visitors with its large natural harbour, history, the Lighthouse Arts Centre and its Blue Flag beaches. The town has a busy commercial port with cross-Channel freight and passenger ferry services. The headquarters of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) are located in Poole, and the Royal Marines have a base in the town's harbour.

Tourist Information

The nearest source of local information is available from Poole Tourism Welcome Centre.

Dining out near Poole

Local Accommodation


Cottage Holidays

There is a great choice of cottages for rent in the local area. Take a look at the beautiful cottages in Poole, Sandbanks, Bournemouth and Wimborne.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks

Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:







Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:






Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in Poole, Wareham, Swanage and Wimborne.

Nearby Attractions




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