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Poole is a large coastal town in Dorset, England, located on the south coast of Great Britain. It is situated in a sheltered location on the eastern side of Poole Harbour, the second largest natural harbour in the world. The town has a population of over 150,000 people and is the second largest town in Dorset after Bournemouth.

Poole is a historically significant town, with evidence of settlement dating back to the Iron Age. The town was first mentioned in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle in 833 AD and was a major port in the Middle Ages. During the English Civil War, Poole was a strategic port for the Royalist forces, and was the site of a major naval battle in 1650.

The town has a rich maritime history, with a long-standing reputation as a fishing port and a centre for boatbuilding. Poole is also home to the RNLI, the world’s oldest lifeboat station, and the world’s oldest operational lifeboat, the RNLB Alfred Corry.

Poole is a popular tourist destination, with a wide range of attractions, including the historic Poole Quay, Brownsea Island, Sandbanks beach, and the Lighthouse theatre. The town is also home to the world-famous Poole Pottery, which has been producing pottery since 1873.

Poole is well-connected, with direct rail links to London, Southampton, and Bournemouth, as well as regular bus services to the surrounding towns and villages. The town is also served by a number of airports, including Bournemouth International and Southampton Airport.

Excursion tips for a day in Poole

As a tourist in Poole, Great Britain, there are many exciting activities to explore on a day trip. Here are some of the best things to do:

1. Visit Brownsea Island - explore the diverse wildlife, natural beauty and fascinating history of this National Trust-managed island.

2. Take a boat trip - enjoy the beautiful views of Poole Harbour from the sea and spot some of the local wildlife.

3. Visit Poole Quay - explore the bustling harbour, browse the shops and restaurants, and enjoy the views of the harbour and Old Harry Rocks.

4. Take a stroll around Sandbanks - walk along the beach and enjoy the stunning views of the harbour and the Isle of Wight.

5. Visit the Poole Museum - explore the history of Poole and discover the fascinating stories of the town and its people.

6. Visit the Poole Pottery Visitor Centre - explore the pottery's history, watch a demonstration and browse the gift shop.

7. Enjoy a day at the beach - relax and soak up the sun on one of Poole's sandy beaches.

8. Visit the nearby town of Bournemouth - explore the beautiful gardens, take a stroll along the pier and browse the shops.

9. Take a walk around the town centre - explore the historic streets and visit the local shops, cafes and restaurants.

10. Visit the nearby Corfe Castle - explore the ruins of this 11th century castle and discover its fascinating history.

Experience Poole with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit Poole. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in Poole

Poole in Great Britain experiences a temperate maritime climate with mild winters and warm summers. In the winter months, temperatures typically range between 3-7°C and rainfall is common. During the spring months, temperatures rise to around 10-15°C and the days become longer and brighter. During the summer months, temperatures reach highs of around 18-21°C and the days are usually sunny and warm. The autumn months see temperatures drop to around 10-15°C, with rainfall becoming more frequent.

Cruise weather for Poole

Our weather forecast for Poole helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 16th 2024 Jul. 16th 2024 max: 18.1 °C
min: 14.2 °C
23.4 m/s
39.2 m/s
64.4 %
23.9 m
88.4 %
1,012 hPa
Jul. 17th 2024 Jul. 17th 2024 max: 18.0 °C
min: 14.6 °C
17.6 m/s
31.0 m/s
78.1 %
23.9 m
86.1 %
1,015 hPa
Jul. 18th 2024 Jul. 18th 2024 max: 18.9 °C
min: 11.4 °C
29.2 m/s
48.6 m/s
71.3 %
24.1 m
75.4 %
1,016 hPa
Jul. 19th 2024 Jul. 19th 2024 max: 20.0 °C
min: 10.1 °C
16.2 m/s
34.9 m/s
60.6 %
24.1 m
77.4 %
1,022 hPa
Jul. 20th 2024 Jul. 20th 2024 max: 19.4 °C
min: 12.9 °C
20.5 m/s
40.0 m/s
99.4 %
24.1 m
73.3 %
1,015 hPa
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 19.6 °C
min: 13.5 °C
29.2 m/s
38.2 m/s
66.5 %
24.0 m
80.5 %
1,009 hPa
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 19.9 °C
min: 14.3 °C
29.2 m/s
40.1 m/s
54.0 %
19.9 m
83.7 %
1,008 hPa
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 19.1 °C
min: 12.2 °C
30.6 m/s
45.0 m/s
39.4 %
24.1 m
82.4 %
1,011 hPa
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 18.9 °C
min: 12.1 °C
19.0 m/s
40.2 m/s
57.8 %
24.1 m
80.6 %
1,019 hPa
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 18.7 °C
min: 10.6 °C
16.6 m/s
30.2 m/s
73.3 %
24.1 m
83.6 %
1,019 hPa
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 19.8 °C
min: 12.2 °C
17.6 m/s
32.4 m/s
52.7 %
24.1 m
79.1 %
1,017 hPa
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 21.0 °C
min: 11.6 °C
18.7 m/s
27.6 m/s
51.9 %
24.1 m
74.8 %
1,019 hPa
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 20.2 °C
min: 13.1 °C
22.3 m/s
37.8 m/s
85.3 %
21.2 m
87.8 %
1,020 hPa

Cruises to Poole

Would you like to travel to Poole on a cruise ship or would you just like to know when a certain ship will dock there? Here you will find an overview of the cruise ships that will be calling at the port of Poole.

Scheduled ship calls in Poole, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Oct. 9th 2024 Wednesday, 9th of Oct. 2024 MS Hamburg 01:30 pm 06:30 pm
May 6th 2026 Wednesday, 6th of May 2026 HANSEATIC spirit 12:00 am 12:00 am

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