Our road trip this week takes us southeast from Bristol to the coastal town of Poole in the county of Dorset. Poole is a traditional seaport town and, with its large natural harbour, attracts many visitors each year.
What many might not know about Poole is that what can be regarded as the world’s earliest radio station was set up by the Italian-Irish engineer Guglielmo Marconi at the Haven Hotel at the Sandbanks in Poole in 1899.
Although this transmitter meant a great deal for the coastal town, today it is best known for its beach, seaport and coastline. The Jurassic Coastline, England’s first natural World Heritage site, stretches over 95 miles between Dorset and East Devon with rocks recording 185 million years of earth’s history.
Here are our tips for…
Where to go when it’s sunny
As a popular destination for tourists in summer, Poole has a wide array of boat trips and water sports activities in the Harbour.
Without stating the obvious destination for a long walk (the beach), we recommend taking a stroll at one of the Sandbanks (a must see and visit), which stretch down to Bournemouth, and the Studland beaches, which includes the most popular naturist beach in Britain.
Where to go when it’s raining
Bournemouth Oceanarium is a good place to spend a rainy day, being home to thousands of sea creatures.
If you are out with your family, you might want to visit the Tower Park with its cinema, bowling alleys and water park.
For Enid Blyton fans, there is Eileen Soper’s Illustrated Worlds, which lies only two minutes walk away along the Quay.
Where to eat
Both recommended places are situated on the Quayside in walking distance from our hotel:
- Fishy Fishy, owned and managed by Dermot O’Leary of X-Factor fame, Paul Sholvin and James Ginzler
- Italian Gossip, offering modern and stylish surroundings with great views from its first floor location
Do you have any further ideas on where to dine and what to see and what to do in Poole? Please add your tips to this post in the comments box.