Amid the beautiful Purbeck Hills and along the Jurassic coast lies the busy tourist town of Poole, a great place to stay when visiting Dorset. Poole harbour is the second largest natural harbour in the world (Sydney is the largest) and from the Promenade here you can watch the multitude of different superyachts, fishing boats, ferries and cruise liners coming and going. If you fancy a trip yourself, take one of the many tours along the coast to visit Brownsea Island, Swanage or the Sandbanks Peninsula.
Talking of Sandbanks, no trip to Poole is complete without a visit to this stunning, blue flag rated stretch of beach. With miles of golden sand, clean water, upscale cafes and restaurants and plenty to do for the kids - watersports, crazy golf and play areas - there is something for all the family here.
A short stroll down from the Quay is Poole Park, set in 110 acres of parkland and with its own saltwater lagoon and there are also plenty of activites going on, including a play park, model boat racing, sailing and a miniature train to ride.
Or wander into the Old Town and explore the maritime history of sea farers and smugglers; Poole Museum, the Cockle Trail and the Murder Mystery Treasure Trails will all help you learn about the heritage of this bustling town.
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