Old Poole Town

The beautiful Old Poole Town is a wonderful place to visit, and offers a huge range of things to do and places of interest, whilst elegantly retaining a strong sense of its historical seventeenth century heyday…

Poole Quay itself is great for a promenade in the sun, imagining sailing one of the luxury Sunseeker cruisers made or moored at the quayside. Poole quay also offers a quality choice of bars, restaurants and cafes in and around the historic buildings. The area has undergone massive refurbishment in recent years with stylish new developments springing up along the water's edge, giving visitors to Poole quay the choice between the historical and the modern.

In the Old Town that lies behind the Quay you'll find plenty of beautiful historic buildings. Follow the Cockle Trail to find out more about historic Poole or visit one of the museums clustered in the medieval buildings in the Old Town.

Things to do in Poole.

Brownsea Island

Brownsea Island is a perfect place to let go with friends and family. You can take a harbour cruise to explore an island rich in wildlife and history, discover beautiful walks and even enjoy a sumptuous lunch overlooking Poole Harbour.

Sit in wonder at the stunning views and enjoy the peaceful setting. All 100% undisturbed by traffic, ideal for picnics and walking.

There's lots for the kids to do too. Get wild about wildlife with tracker packs, trails, and a range of exciting events and activities.

The island has an interesting and history of wonder and delight, and has had a variety of uses throughout the years. In Victorian times, pottery was produced there and during WW2, this island was used as a decoy to protect the Harbour, and was subsequently taken over by the National Trust in 1962.

Offering many special events throughout the year including the popular Open Air Theatre, activity weekends and guided walks, see website for further details.

Get there via Ferry from Poole Quay or Sandbanks Jetty (note boat fare is extra).


Just back from Poole Quay is the recently refurbished Poole Museum. This contemporary building in the heart of the Old Town houses a range of themed galleries looking at boats & trade, the development of the port and town, beginnings of the Harbour, Poole clay as well as how people lived worked and played. The star exhibit is the Iron Age long boat discovered off Brownsea Island in 1964.

The museum is free to enter and there are some stylish public spaces including a terrace and visitor lounge giving you panoramic views over Poole Harbour and Old Town.

The museum is open from March to November, Mon-Sat: 10am-5pm. Sun: 12 noon-5pm.

Poole Pottery

No visit to Poole would be complete without taking a look at how the world famous Poole Pottery is made and hand painted. Poole Pottery boasts an extensive collection of beautiful Poole Pottery, creating excellence in design since 1873....The designs all have a unique earthy feel with a variety of patterns ranging from elegant, virtually all black to vibrant, sunny colour schemes. All are hand painted and range from traditional to contemporary designs.

You can visit the Poole Pottery Studio and see the modellers and artists at work as well as having a go yourself! There is also a factory shop. Poole Pottery Studio is on The Quay, Poole, Dorset BH15 1HJ. Tel: 01202 668 681. Fax: 01202 677 528. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Chose from their vast range of gifts, collectibles, jewellery, homewares and clothing.

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Poole Quay

The naturally formed Poole Harbour makes it excellent for all kinds of watersports including windsurfing, wakeboarding, canoeing and kayaking and kite surfing.

You'll find several places where you can book watersports tuition buy or hire equipment.

Please Note:Tuition providers should be licensed with the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA) or check that the instructors are qualified to the relevant standard as set out by the relevant governing body such as Royal Yachting Association (RYA), International Kitesurfing Organisation (IKO), British Kite Surfing Association (BKSA), British Water Ski Forum and the British Water Ski Federation (BWSF).

Old PooleTown

The Old Town is everything you'd expect from a seventeenth century seaport. The Old Town has medieval roots, but was largely remodelled during the Georgian period by the wealthy Newfoundland merchants that settled here. Their trade was based on salt cod caught in Newfoundland and exported to Mediterranean countries from where olive oil, wine and salt was brought back to Poole.

Many of their impressive homes still stand behind the original wrought iron gates such as West End House. Its baroque decoration includes urns and pineapples at the top of the front which were symbols of the wealth of the Newfoundland traders. This house was built for John Slade and then later was home to the Carter family who founded Poole Pottery.


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