The Seaside Delights of Poole
The exuberant seaside town of Poole is rightly considered to be the English coast with the most. The stunning coastlines, refined gastronomy and cosmopolitan quayside make Poole an irresisitible choice of holiday destination. Remnants of the town's rich history decorate the city centre, allowing visitors to discover the town's intriguing past and natural beauty on relaxed strolls around the centre and coast. Poole is also home to Europe's largest harbour, which is one of the town's most picturesque places to enjoy a sunset.
The Perfect Peninsula
Refresh your senses with the rejuvenating ocean breeze that blows onto the stunning Poole Quay. After sipping sweet tea at one of the quaint cafés of the promenade, wander to the quay in order to embark upon a harbour cruise. Boats sail past stunning sights such as the jaggedly beautiful coastline and the famous Sandbanks Peninsular, a small island flanked by white sands that boasts some of the world's most expensive houses. Catch a glimpse of these regal facades before setting sail for the woodland wonders of Brownsea Island. Here, majestic peacocks and vibrant red deer roam the verdant heaths and free guided tours provide insight into the island's history of pirates and smuggling.
Historical Highlights of the Old Town
Return to dry land in order to explore the historic highlights of Poole's charming Old Town. Impressive red brick buildings, quaint 16th century alms houses and Tudor pubs are just a few of the architectural treasures housed here; ensure you visit the Custom House and Old Harbour Office for an authentic look at classic English architecture. For lunch, return to the Quay and enter the warm and welcoming atmosphere of the Poole Arms; the enticing aromas of the kitchen and friendly manner of the staff immediately entice visitors in a snug booth beside the bar. Sample the fresh flavours of the fish pie or pick at the juicy meat of freshly caught crab before enjoying a lunch time pint of locally brewed ale. After sating your hunger, visit the Victorian warehouse that houses Poole Museum for a fascinating insight into the town's maritime history; admire traditional costumes, tools, homes and artefacts from pre history to the 21st century.
The Rise of the Twin Sails Bridge
When night falls and the city glitters into life, visit the iconic Twin Sails Bridge to observe the spectacular raising of the sails. The innovative bridge was built to celebrate Poole's innovative industrialism throughout history, and makes for vibrant viewing when the bright lights from the sails douse the city in colour as the bridge lifts. Return to the Market Square to enjoy Michelin starred masterpieces at the Guildhall Tavern, where classical French fare is inspired by freshly caught seafood and exquisite wines.