Things to do in and around Poole

  • Walk or cycle through Upton Country Park along Holes Bay waterside path to Poole, with its historic waterfront Quay area, boat trips, shopping and cross channel ferry. Cycle hire available in Poole.
  • Superb hiking along the nearby World Heritage South West Coastal path. We can suggest routes to suit your ability.
  • Award winning beaches at Studland, Sandbanks and Bournemouth. They have all achieved Blue Flag status and are amongst the best in the UK.
  • Market towns of Dorchester, Wimborne and Wareham and coastal resorts of Bournemouth, Weymouth and Swanage are within easy reach. Slightly further a field are the Cathedral cities of Salisbury and Winchester.
  • Visit the National trust properties of Corfe Castle and  Kingston Lacey. Brownsea Island is reached by a ferryboat trip from Poole quay with its dramatic location at the mouth of Poole harbour.
  • The New Forest National park is only 30 minutes drive with wonderful wildlife, a criss-cross of foot paths and quaint villages such as Lyndhurst, Brockenhurst and Lymington. We can also arrange horse riding at your request.
  • Vast array of water sports available. Hire the equipment or take a course in windsurfing, kite surfing, kayaking, sailing or diving. Power boat hire and fishing trips add to 'messing about in the water'.
  • Other attractions include Beaulieu, Abbotsbury Swannery, Athelhampton House, Lulworth Castle and Monkey World.
Poppy field in Dorset Bluebell woods in Dorset
Poppy field, Dorset Bluebell woods, Dorset
Kingston Lacy, Dorset Poole Quay, Dorset
Kingston Lacy, Dorset Poole Quay, Poole, Dorset
Snowdrops, Dorset Ventoux, the dog, at Pinetop Cottage, Poole, Dorset
Snowdrops in Dorset Ventoux, the dog
Poole Harbour Upton House
Poole Harbour Upton House
Swanage Sunset at Poole Harbour
Swanage Bay Sunset at Poole Harbour
Beach huts Poole Harbour
Beach huts at Swanage Poole Harbour, looking towards Brownsea Island (National Trust)
Swanage Bay  
Swanage Bay  
Swanage Bay Swanage Bay
Looking across Swanage Bay Looking across Swanage Bay