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Poole’s vibrant Quayside is the gateway to its stunning harbour and islands. Enjoy a harbour cruise or a trip to National Trust Brownsea Island, get hands on with a crab line and bucket, or just simply sit back and relax. Enjoy the view, the impressive selection of tall ships, fishing vessels and luxury yachts as they enter and leave the busy harbour.
Explore Christchurch with its Two delightful rivers to boat and walk along, two historic Quays to discover and two Castles to explore – it’s twice the fun in Christchurch!
The historic Priory Church and Castle ruins help give an olde world charm to the attractive, bustling town centre with its range of independent shops, high street stores and regular markets. together with a packed events calendar to mesmerising museums for that bit of culture. There is always something to see and do.
Nearby villages include Highcliffe with its Castle and Mudeford with its Quay – very popular for crab fishing and boat trips.
Brownsea Island is the largest of the islands dramatically located in Poole Harbour, with spectacular views across to the Purbeck Hills.
The island is owned by the National Trust. Hiking, picnics & wildlife viewing, especially of red squirrels, are popular at this historic spot.
Getting there? Use the Sandbank ferry (10-minute journey).
Corfe Castle is a village and civil parish in the English county of Dorset. It is the site of a ruined castle of the same name. The village and castle stand over a gap in the Purbeck Hills on the route between Wareham and Swanage.
Getting there? 20 miles away (45-minute drive).
A glorious slice of natural coastline in Purbeck featuring a four-mile stretch of golden, sandy beach and views of Old Harry Rocks and the Isle of Wight.
Getting there? Use the Sandbank ferry or if travelling by car, use the following postcodes: Poole/Bournemouth: BH13 7QN / Studland side: BH19 3BA
Lulworth Cove in Dorset is a quaint village with many picturesque and traditional cottages. A large car park serves the bustling lane which leads down to the oyster-shaped cove and is lined with shops and restaurants, while the cove itself is largely shingle with a few patches of golden sand.
Durdle Door is one of Dorset’s most photographed and iconic landmarks. It is part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.
Hengistbury Head is a great place to bring the whole family. Take the land train for gentle and easy access to Mudeford Sand spit, then enjoy the view with a cup of tea and a slice of cake, or something more substantial in one of the cafes.
If adventure is more your thing, you could take a course with the Outdoor Education Centre or enjoy the spectacular views, earned with a little effort, from the top of Warren Hill.
Dorset boasts some of the most beautiful coast and countryside and our great outdoors is waiting to be explored!
We want each and every visitor to have a fantastic experience whilst in Dorset and we are therefore asking that you plan and book ahead to ensure that you can enjoy a safe and responsible visit.