Poole is a busy and bustling town in east Dorset.
It has the second largest natural harbour in the world (Sydney beats it) and award winning blue flag beaches that it shows off to their best advantage for tourists and locals alike. Pool is a large town, but that doesn’t take away from its attractiveness – and there is so much to see and do there that a short break away might not seem quite enough.
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Poole can – thanks to its fabulous position and well maintained beaches – boast the best array of water sports facilities anywhere on the south coast. If it’s wind surfing, kayaking, water skiing, or pretty much anything else that can be done on the water that makes your heart beat a little faster then Poole is the place for you.
It’s not just about the outdoors activities though. The Lighthouse Theatre is ideal for anyone who enjoys a bit of culture – there are always interesting shows put on here. The famous Poole Pottery is here too, so why not throw caution to the wind as you throw your own pot? And of course, don’t forget Poole Museum which has four floors of history, information, and little known facts about the town itself.
Ferries from Poole
|Poole Cherbourg||1 daily||4¼ hours||See prices °|
|Poole Guernsey||1 daily||3 hours||See prices °|
|Poole Jersey||1 daily||3¾ hours||See prices °|
This information is for reference purposes only. Journey times are approximate. Frequency is based on typical schedules. Schedules are subject to availability and weather conditions. Information correct at the time of writing.
Taster Cruise Ship Itineraries
Sorry, no mini cruise routes can be found departing from Poole sailing on a cruise ship.
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New Harbour Road South, Hamworthy, Poole, Dorset, BH15 4AJ, United Kingdom
At the base of the A350 you will find the port, sitting to the south of the town. It is well signposted and benefits from excellent road links.
The A350 branches off a few miles north of the town. The A350 heads north-westerly passing Blandford Forum, Trowbridge, and Chippenham where it joins the M4.
The A35 heads west to Dorchester, Lyme Regis, and joins the A30 at Honiton. To the east it leads to Bournemouth.
Heading further east the A31 joins the M27 that skirts Southampton and Portsmouth. From here the M3 heads up to the M25 circling London.
A Pay and Display long stay car park is available at the port, a short distance from the terminal building. In May 2016 the rate was £7 per 24 hours.
Getting there by coach
National Express operates several routes that serve Poole. The coach stop is at Seldown Coach Park adjacent to the Dolphin Centre Bus Station. You will need to catch a taxi or local bus service for the short onward journey to reach the port.
Service 035 runs from London to Weymouth, calling at Bournemouth and Poole along the way.
Route 205 is the airport route between Poole and Heathrow that goes via Bournemouth.
Route 303 is the link to the north connecting Weymouth, Poole, Bournemouth, Portsmouth, Southampton, Oxford, Birmingham, Stoke-on-Trent, Manchester, Chester, Liverpool and Bolton to Blackpool.
Route 315 links Eastbourne to Penzance through Brighton, Portsmouth, Southampton, Poole, Weymouth, Exeter, Plymouth, Bodmin, Newquay, St Austell, Truro, Falmouth and St Ives.
Getting there by train
Poole Rail Station is the nearest train station but you will need to take a short taxi ride or local bus service to reach the port.
Direct services from the station link the town to Weymouth and London. The direct journey from London takes 2¼ hours. Services from either Birmingham or Cardiff go via Southampton and both take 3¾ hours. The 8 hour journey from Edinburgh typically goes through London (requiring a central London station change via the Tube network) or via Birmingham and Southampton.