Find and book the perfect holiday apartment or b&b by the sea in Poole, Dorset
Visit Poole, where a naturally beautiful harbour meets a Georgian wonderland!
From its raw beauty which is reflected in its unspoilt coastline, to the timeless handcrafted structures which make up this eighteenth-century paradise, it is hard to decide what truly makes Poole stand out as one of the most aesthetic resorts on the south coast of England, in fact, the only way to determine is if you judge it for yourself! Secure your accommodation in Poole, on this coastline with a waterfront bed and breakfast which offers a room with a view of the English Channel or stay in a historic townhouse or traditional holiday cottage showcasing the quintessential English charm which runs through the resort and along its shores.
How to get to Poole
Located on the south coast of Dorset, Poole can be accessed from across the UK by rail, road or air in no more than a few hours, no matter where you are travelling from. The quickest way of reaching the town is likely to be by train, with the direct South Western Railway route from London Waterloo to Poole station taking approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes. If you are travelling from the far corners of the UK, including northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, then the most time efficient way of reaching Poole could be by air, with Flybe offering flights from Manchester, Glasgow and Jersey to the nearby Bournemouth Airport, which is only 20 minutes away from Poole. Alternatively, if you are driving to the coast, take the M5 from the West, the M1 and M40 from the north, and then the M25, M3 and the M27 from London.
What types of holiday rentals are available in Poole?
For a town which is so enriched in decadent Georgian history and its enduring Jurassic Coast, it is unsurprising that the collection of holiday accommodation available in Poole remains as timeless, while still offering modern day comforts. For a family holiday to this area of the adventure-filled coastline, settle for a spacious holiday home in Poole which is in the ideal position for spending long days at the beach or the Splashdown Water Park. For a romantic break by the sea or a relaxing getaway with friends then look no further than a luxury apartment rental overlooking the Harbour, where you can breathe in the therapeutic sea air from the comfort of your bedroom and balcony.
Where to stay in Poole
Otherwise known as Britain's ‘Miami Beach', the prestigious neighbourhood of Sandbanks has been named one of the most expensive places to live in the country, and you can get a slice of this luxury through a bungalow rental or holiday home in this exclusive beachfront district.
As the central hub of this seaside town, Poole Harbour attracts visitors from across the UK and beyond who want to admire the ‘largest natural harbour' in the world! Choose an apartment rental in Poole's Harbour to wake up in a room with a view overlooking this natural masterpiece.
Nestled halfway between Poole and Bournemouth, this beautiful neighbourhood is the perfect place to secure a holiday home in Poole if you are keen to explore the surrounding cities, after making the most of the impressive photo opportunities from the top of the cliff, that is.
Poole High Street/The Old Town
The historic centre of Poole is bursting with Georgian jewels, and nowhere showcases the history of the town quite like the High Street. With an array of independent cafe's, a weekly market and individual townhouses which are just waiting to welcome you in as your home away from home in Poole, this street is the beating heart of this seaside town.
The peaceful neighbourhood of Longfleet is among the quietest places in the entire resort and offers the chance to live like a local in your own private sanctuary through a Victorian guesthouse or apartment rental in Poole. Despite the quiet aura which fills this district, the area is no less recognised by the English Heritage, with the spire of its St Mary's Church labelled as a ‘landmark of Poole'.
Situated alongside the restaurants and bars of Poole Quay, Baiter Park is the ideal place to reserve a self-catered apartment rental, where you can bathe yourself in the green leafy paradise in the Southern English sun, before staying out beyond dusk and enjoying the food and drink scene which this seaside town has to offer.
Things to do in Poole, Dorset
Bathe the day away on Sandbanks Beach
Visit the Blue Flag approved Sandbanks Beach for the afternoon, and it will soon become apparent why it has won more awards than any other UK seaside resort. Though visors are attracted to its golden sands and rustic Jurassic Coast scenery, the beach also attracts families who can enjoy the Crazy Golf facility before refuelling in one of the many eateries or cafes.
Take a walk around Poole Harbour
As the most famous attraction in Poole, the Harbour is recognised across the country as the largest natural Harbour in Europe. Taking in the extraordinary natural beauty of this Harbour is a sight which simply cannot be missed from a trip to Poole.
Visit the Splashdown Water Park
With a collection of 13 water rides, a custom designed beach and a place to relax on the Sun Terrace, the Splashdown Water Park is the perfect place to take the children, as even when the sun decides not come out over Poole, it is always sunny inside this fun-filled complex.
Upton Country Park
The true Georgian splendour is shown through the magnificent country house and gardens of Upton Country Park, where it has stood on the north-western shoreline of Holes Bay as an architectural staple for over 200 years.
Explore Poole Museum
As the fifth most visited attraction in the South West of England, this free museum is a great way to hide from the rain (or maybe even the midday sun!) and become even more acquainted with the maritime history of this town, and the stories of its people.
Take in the views from Canford Cliffs
From no other spot in Poole does the English Channel look quite so emerald, and the sands seem quite so white as they do from when they are observed from Canford Cliffs. Don't forget to pick up your camera and capture the picture-postcard scenery from the top of this dramatic cliff.
When to go to Poole
If you would like to enjoy a mild climate without the summer holiday crowds, then visit Poole in the spring months of early April until June, when the temperatures are pleasant enough to enjoy the attractions in all their glory, but you are not left queuing for too long!