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Tourist Attractions in and around Poole

The port town of Poole is located on the second largest natural harbour in the world. This makes it a popular destination for tourists along with its golden sandy beaches, cultured gardens and abundance of things to do for fun days out. We run down the Poole's best tourist attractions below...

If you're looking for some inspiration for tourist attractions in and around Poole to pay a visit, including some of the best things to do in the area, take a look below!

Compton Acres

Compton Acres

About: Constructed in 1920 by Mr Thomas Simpson, Compton Acres is still acknowledged as one of the finest privately owned gardens in the country. Enjoy over 10 acres of horticultural heaven, relax in the charming Café & Tea Rooms, browse the treasures in the Gifted Moment store or delve into the exciting world of plants at the Plant Centre.

Address: 164 Canford Cliffs Rd, Poole BH13 7ES

Telephone: 01202 700778

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Poole Harbour

Poole Harbour

About: From the promenade on Poole Quay you’ll be treated to one of the best views of Europe’s largest natural harbour, where you can appreciate the harbour and the ships and boats that pass through every day. There are many ways you can make the most of Poole Harbour, from ferry rides to watersports, nature walks and day trips!

Address: BH15 4AJ

Telephone: 01202 440200 

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Splashdown

Splashdown

About: Experience the UK's most exciting water slides! Splashdown Waterpark Poole is great fun for all the family, with something for everyone. It's not South's favourite all-action waterpark for no reason - Splashdown is home to 13 thrilling indoor and outdoor flume rides and 3 under 5's splash zones.

Address: Tower Park, Poole BH12 4NY

Telephone: 01202 716000

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Sandbanks Beach

Sandbanks Beach

About: This beach has a welcoming strip of soft golden sand, bordered by some of the most expensive property in the UK. Sandbanks is unquestionably one of the best beaches in the country, and among the mansions, fancy restaurants, watersports centres and yacht dealers behind, you can find children’s play areas and a crazy golf course.

Address: BH13 7QF

Telephone: 01202 708181

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Upton Country Park

Upton Country Park

About: Upton Country Park sits in 130 acres, with a Grade II listed manor house, formal gardens, a stretch of shoreline and parkland. Occasional tours of the house are offered to the public, but the biggest appeal is the walled garden, which is edged by a terrace for the park’s tearooms, open seven days a week. There’s a splash fountain, walking and cycling paths to explore, a fun play area and a plant centre, while segway tours of the estate are available during summer months.

Address: Poole Rd, Upton, Poole BH17 7BJ

Telephone: 01202 262753

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Monkey World

Monkey World

About: Around 20 minutes from Poole, you'll find primate rescue centre Monkey World, the home of over 250 primates. The rescue centre has assisted governments around the world to stop the smuggling of primates from the wild since 1987. As well as keeper talks and cafes, there's 3 adventure playgrounds for kids to let off some steam!

Address: Tout Hill, Longthorns, Wareham BH20 6HH

Telephone: 01929 462537

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Corfe Castle

Corfe Castle

About: The former royal fortress, Corfe Castle is just over ten miles around the harbour from Poole. The dramatic ruins of the castle stand on a natural hill guarding the principal route through the Purbeck Hills. As well as the castle istself, the village offers a unique range of independent shops, pubs, restaurants, teahouses, hotels, self-catering holiday homes, bed and breakfast accommodation and two free museums

Telephone: 01929 481294

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Brownsea Island

Brownsea Island

About: An island a million miles away but just across the water - Brownsea Island is home to diverse habitats, rich nature and rare wildlife. The Outdoor Centre invites you to come and follow in the footsteps of Lord Baden-Powell and the very first Scouts who camped here in 1907. They also offer Eco Adventure Camping as an opportunity for the general public to experience the great outdoors. The perfect day's adventure - this island wildlife sanctuary is easy to get to but feels like another world from the moment you step ashore.

Address: Poole Harbour, Poole, Dorset BH13 7EE

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Poole Park

Poole Park

About: If you’re looking for the tranquillity of a beautiful parkland greenspace but without a long trek from the town, Poole Park might just be your perfect retreat. You can just stroll around the park enjoying the atmosphere or have some fun in the various things to do such as a bowling green, crazy golf, two large play areas, soft play centre, Pottery Studio, hire a pedalo, stop for a bite to eat in the cafe and much more!

Address: Poole BH15 2NE

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Poole Museum

Poole Museum

About: Poole Museum is a local history museum with free entry, and is the fifth most visited free attraction in South West England. Poole's rich history is revealed in the museum's four floors of galleries. It is a fascinating story that will take you through thousands of years, across oceans and into the lives of many Poole people.

Address: 4 High St, Poole BH15 1BW

Telephone: 01202 262600

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Top Tip

Top Tip

When you take a trip down to Poole there is so much for you to see. Poole is filled with things to do, places to go and attractions to see. 

Aside from the endless number of museums, restaurants, galleries, there is also a number of beautiful parks, beaches and outdoor sights that are certainly worth seeing.

To make it extra fun we highly recommend hiring Beryl Bikes or their e-Scooter and zooming round the picturesque parks and breath-taking beaches.

You can explore Bournemouth, Poole & Christchurch with Beryl Bikes and they're the UK's leading bike and scooter share company.

Renting a bike or an e-Scooter is a cost-effective and fun way to get around, and whether you're new to Poole or just visiting, travelling on two wheels can be just the ticket.

Get a breath of fresh sea air as you explore the local area on two wheels. With Beryl Bays positioned at attractions, transport hubs throughout the town, you'll always find a distinctive green Beryl bike or e-Scooter nearby.

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