Destination UK

Is it time for you to visit Poole?

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November 13, 2015

Poole is my home but it is often seen as the poor neighbour to Bournemouth, when in fact it has so many interesting places to visit and is also home to some of the most expensive houses in the UK.
Last week we attended an event at the Thistle Hotel which is situated on the waterfront on Poole Quay itself and it is the perfect location to stay if you are visiting the area with unrivalled views across Poole Harbour to Brownsea Island and beyond, yet it is affordable too.
The rooms are comfortable with huge Queen size beds, large wardrobes, a TV, ensuite bathroom and you are even welcomed with a box of truffles to treat yourself during you stay.
Thistle Poole
Thistle Hotels have some fabulous offers at the moment, with rooms starting from £59 or dinner, stay and breakfast from £95. I have to say their meals are second to none and the breakfast is the best I have seen with continental, cooked and traditional options, plus you get views like this!
Thistle Poole
The Thistle Hotel is sat directly on Poole Quay so there are many things to do within walking distance, including Poole Old Town, Poole Museum and the high street if it is shopping you are after, but it is the other direction that is special.
Poole Harbour is the second largest natural harbour in the world and from the Quay you can catch a boat and sail around the Islands, stopping off for a stroll around Brownsea Island and see the famous Red Squirrels, go further in land towards Wareham or charter a boat and head out through Sandbanks and head towards Old Harry’s Rock and the Jurassic Coast.
Brownsea Island
If adventure is your thing then why not book a kayaking session at Studland Beach or if you are really brave you could try Coasteering from Dancing Ledge. We have done both and can highly recommend Fore Adventure for such excursions.
If history is more your thing then a visit to Corfe Castle is a must. You can then catch the steam train to the traditional seaside town of Swanage. It is here you will find Durlston Country Park and the famous Globe.
Corfe Castle
For beach lovers, Sandbanks is a beautiful stretch if beach with a fantastic children’s playground and crazy golf course. If you fancy something quieter, hop on the chain ferry over to Studland, which is much more as nature intended. Race around the sand dunes at Shell Bell, try and find wildlife at Knoll Beach or explore the Tank Traps at Middle Beach – do be aware that if you walk between the three beaches, their is a nudist beach too.
Middle Beach
Poole is also the perfect base for exploring Dorset and its famous countryside and coastline. Find fossils at Kimmeridge Bay, walk in David Tennant’s footsteps at West Bay or visit the natural wonder that is Durdle Door and its close neighbour Lulworth Cove.
Durdle Door
Of course, you could always just wander around Sandbanks and eye up all the houses that you could never ever afford (unless you won the lottery)!

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    Elaine Livingstone

    November 14, 2015

    it would be the castle for me first,love historic buildings, always amazes me how the built them so accurately and that they still stand hundreds of years later.
    Great oicture if the squirrel, and the prices sound very reasonable.

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    Tori Gabriel

    November 14, 2015

    I love Poole. I used to visit as a kid. I don’t remember much about it except visiting a huge pottery shop.

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    You Baby Me Mummy

    November 14, 2015

    I have never been to Poole, looks like a pretty place to visit. Great hotel too x

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    November 15, 2015

    I don’t know why I’ve never been to Poole, it looks like a fab place to visit. It’s now on my list 🙂 x

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    Erica Price

    November 15, 2015

    I haven’t been for years. We must make the time to revisit I think as I remember lots of lovely things to see and do.

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    kerry norris

    November 15, 2015

    I’ve never been but it looks great. All your photos are lovely. The hotel looks fab too. The thistle in Cardiff is nice and I find them really reasonably priced x

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    Sophie Allan

    November 15, 2015

    I’ve never been to Poole, the photos you’ve taken are lovely! 🙂 x

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    November 16, 2015

    Corfe Castle looks absolutely amazing, what beautiful photos and I have never been to Poole x

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    Ickle Pickle

    November 16, 2015

    I have never been to Poole – it sounds lovely. The hotel looks lovely too. Kaz x

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    mama syder

    November 17, 2015

    We were at Lulworth Cove in the summer, a beautiful part of the country x

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    Sarah Bailey

    November 17, 2015

    I am totally up for visiting Poole, in fact it sounds like a marvellous idea 😉 x

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    November 17, 2015

    I am originally from Poole and we moved to the country 9 years ago, I miss the sea but we often visit. xx

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    Stephs Two Girls

    November 17, 2015

    That castle is gorgeous! I so want to visit Poole now, lots to see, great post 🙂

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    Abi - Angel Eden Blog

    November 19, 2015

    I must admit, I’ve never visited Poole but that red squirrel is so cute I just may have too 🙂

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    Jess @ Catch A Single Thought

    November 23, 2015

    I haven’t been to Poole since I was a child but you have definitely given plenty of reasons to go back!

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    Jennifer Howze

    November 30, 2015

    Ooooh, looks very appealing. I’ve never done “coasteering” but it looks and sounds fun. Also, some gorgeous views. Thanks for sharing!

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