15 Best Poole Attractions Every Tourist Must See

This port has long been one of the richest places in the country, made great by its waterside industry and delightful beaches. The housing is some of the most expensive in the south of England, especially since most properties boast excellent views. The town also offers a great place for tourists to wine and dine by the sea and some intriguing museums that explore the history of the town. Otherwise, Poole is first and foremost a place to kick back and enjoy the scenery.


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15 Most Popular Attractions in Poole

1. Splashdown Waterpark Poole

  • Upon booking
  • +44 1202 716123
  • Splashdown Poole, Yarrow Road, Poole, United Kingdom
  • Times vary

2. Poole Old Lifeboat Museum

  • Free
  • 01202 666046
  • RNLI Poole Lifeboat Station Museum, The Quay, Poole, United Kingdom
  • Daily 10am-4pm

3. Hamworthy Park

  • Free
  • Hamworthy Park, Lulworth Avenue, Poole, United Kingdom
  • Daily

4. Poole Speedway

  • Adult £17 Child £4-£7
  • +44 1202 681145
  • Poole Speedway, Stadium Way, Poole, United Kingdom
  • Times vary by game

5. Poole Greyhounds

  • Upon booking
  • +44 1202 677449
  • Poole Stadium, Wimborne Road, Poole, United Kingdom
  • Times vary

6. The Dolphin Centre

  • Free
  • +44 1202 673906
  • Dolphin Shopping Centre, Poole, United Kingdom
  • Mon-Sat 8:30am-6pm Sun 10:30am-5pm

7. RNLI Memorial Sculpture

  • Accepts donation
  • +44 845 122 6999
  • RNLI Memorial sculpture, West Quay Road, Poole, United Kingdom
  • Daily

8. Upton Country Park

  • Free
  • +44 1202 262753
  • Upton Country Park, Poole Road, Poole, England BH17 7BJ, United Kingdom
  • Mon-Thu 9am-5:15pm Fri 9am-4pm

9. Bournemouth Brewing Company

  • Prices vary
  • +44 1202 280405
  • The Bournemouth Brewery, Poole, United Kingdom
  • Mon-Wed 9am-5pm Thu-Fri 12am-7pm Sat 10am-5pm

10. Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre For The Arts

  • Accepts donation
  • +44 1202 280000
  • Lighthouse Poole's Centre for the Arts, Kingland Road, Poole, United Kingdom
  • Fri 3pm-8pm Sat 11am-8pm

11. Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park

  • Adult £8.95 Child £4.60-£8.95
  • +44 1202 622022
  • Farmer Palmer's Farm Park, Poole, United Kingdom
  • Daily 10am-5pm

12. Compton Acres

  • Adult £8.45 Child £4.25
  • +44 1202 700778
  • Compton Acres, Canford Cliffs Road, Poole, England BH13 7ES, United Kingdom
  • Mon-Sat 10am-6pm Sun 10am-5pm

13. Sandbanks

  • Free
  • +44 1202 708181
  • Banks Road, Sandbanks, Poole, England BH13 7QQ, United Kingdom
  • Daily

14. Poole Museum and Scaplen’s Court Museum and Herb Garden

  • Accepts donation
  • +44 1202 262600
  • Poole Museum, High Street, Poole, England BH15 1BW, United Kingdom
  • Daily 10am-5pm

15. Brownsea Island Ferries

  • Upon booking
  • +44 1929 462383
  • Brownsea Island Ferries, The Quay, Poole, United Kingdom
  • Times vary by tour

Top Attractions

A peninsula of golden sand in Poole called Sandbanks, the fourth most expensive place in the world to live. A millionaire’s mile with luxury houses, and glamour homes. Learn the history of the port of Poole through the lifeboats and associated subjects at the Old Lifeboat Museum.

Kids & Family

The kids will have a great deal of fun at the Splashdown Waterpark with rides and slides for all ages. What a day! The Poole Museum and Scaplens Court Museum has lots of activities and interesting stuff for kids, like an old steam fire engine. The seasonal medieval Court Museum and herb Garden are interesting as well.

Shopping & Nightlife

A days shopping at the Dolphin Centre, with an extensive range of shops for variety in your choice. The Quayside Emporium is also another popular destination for retail therapy or browsing. Most people head to Bournemouth for an evening out, but stay in Poole and try the Poole Quay.

Day Tours

Take the Brownsea Island Ferry out to Brownsea Island for the day. This island is a wildlife haven, a peaceful spot for a day’s visit. Keep a watch out for the rare and endangered red Squirrel. Take a drive down the Jurassic Coast and see whether you can find a fossil or two. Charmouth is a good area to find fossils.


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