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journey through time

Exploring Poole Town Centre is a delightful journey through history and modernity. As you meander through its charming streets, you’ll encounter picturesque Georgian and Victorian architecture, which beautifully reflects the town’s rich maritime heritage. The historic Quay area beckons with its lively waterfront, providing an opportunity to watch boats sail by and savor fresh seafood at the numerous restaurants. Strolling along the cobbled streets of the Old Town, you’ll come across quaint shops, cozy cafes, and vibrant markets, where you can explore locally crafted goods and discover unique treasures. Poole’s fascinating history comes to life at the Poole Museum, where captivating exhibits and artifacts offer insights into the town’s maritime and industrial past.


Whether you choose to unwind at nearby Poole Park, with its tranquil lake, boating facilities, and lush green spaces, or attend a mesmerizing performance at the Lighthouse, Poole Town Centre offers a captivating experience that seamlessly blends its historical significance with an inviting atmosphere.


For an unforgettable day trip, hop on a ferry from the Quay to Brownsea Island. This idyllic island is a haven for nature enthusiasts and history buffs. Explore the iconic Brownsea Castle, steeped in Scout movement history. While on the island, don’t miss the Poole Town Heritage & Faith Trail for a deep dive into local heritage or enjoy some family fun on the Poole Cockle Trail. Brownsea Island offers a perfect blend of nature, history, and adventure for a memorable day out.

Poole Heritage & Faith Trail

This short walk around the town features places of relevance to different faiths in Poole today and in earlier days. 

Poole Cockle Trail

Opened in 1998 to celebrate the 750th anniversary of Poole’s ancient charter. Follow the numbered cockle signs.

Visit Brownsea Island

From Poole Quay, take the ferry to the picturesque Brownsea Island, famous for red squirrels, wildlife and Scouting


poole high street discovery trail

Stepping back in to Poole’s Past.  

This self-led trail will take you along the High Street and help you discover more about the people and places of Poole! This webpage will take you through all 10 sites or you can pick up a paper trail and family activity sheet from the Tourist Information Kiosk on Poole Quay.    


GETTING to poole


Accessing Poole High Street & Quay is remarkably convenient thanks to the efficient public transportation options available. MoreBus services offer extensive coverage, with frequent routes connecting  surrounding areas directly to the High Street, ensuring a hassle-free journey.


The main train line to Poole runs from London Waterloo to Weymouth operated by South Western Railway.


Poole is linked by the A31 to the M27, and from there to the M3 and London. Head south on the A350 from Bristol, and east on the A35 from Exeter. Check the Travel Dorset website for latest updates.


A regular coach service with National Express is available throughout the country and links towns, cities and airports offering shuttle services to Poole.

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