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Poole Harbour, Poole

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Spend a day on the water at Europe’s largest natural harbor, Poole Harbour. Forming the estuary of several rivers in southern England, the harbor boasts prime locations for watersports and beach lounging, as well as many popular shopping and eating areas. Take a waterside walk at sunset to enjoy impressive views of the coastline and passing yachts, or rent a boat to explore the surrounding islands. Stop for dinner at one of the harborside pubs, or wander into the town of Poole for a larger selection of bars and restaurants. The area is mostly closed to motor traffic, but feel free to explore the harbor on foot or bicycle. Plan trip to Poole with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.
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  • We did the Poole Harbour trip recently and really enjoyed the experience. Although I have visited Poole many times - did not do this trip. The commentary on the boat was really good and allowed to bet...  more »
  • Great place to walk along the coastline and do some great crabbing. Had food once so can't really complain or recommend  more »
  • The fireworks on Poole Harbour are legendary. The best viewpoint is from one of the tour boats offshore. Greenslades offer such a tour to Wareham and back, and the view of fireworks afterwards is spec...  more »

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Where to stay in Poole

Consider renting an apartment inside a redeveloped warehouse in Poole's quay. This area is full of attractions and views over the port, where boats leave for cruises to nearby islands. The town center and the harbor are near each other, and lodging is available in both areas.
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