"Sittin' on the dock of the bay"

Poole

Poole is a large coastal town and seaport in the county of Dorset, on the south coast of England. The town is 33 kilometres (21 mi) east of Dorchester, and Bournemouth adjoins Poole to the east. The local council is Poole Borough Council and was made a unitary authority in 1997, gaining administrative independence from Dorset County Council. The town had a population of 138,288 according to the 2001 census, making it the second largest settlement in Dorset. Together with Bournemouth and Christchurch, the town forms the South East Dorset conurbation with a total population of over 400,000.

Human settlement in the area dates back to before the Iron Age. The earliest recorded use of the town's name was in the 12th century when the town began to emerge as an important port, prospering with the introduction of the wool trade. In later centuries the town had important trade links with North America and at its peak in the 18th century it was one of the busiest ports in Britain. During the Second World War, the town was one of the main departing points for the D-Day landings of the Normandy Invasion.

Poole is a tourist resort, attracting visitors with its large natural harbour, history, the Lighthouse arts centre and Blue Flag beaches. The town has a busy commercial port with cross-Channel freight and passenger ferry services. The headquarters of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) are located in Poole, and the Royal Marines have a base in the town's harbour. Despite their names, Poole is the home of The Arts University Bournemouth, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and a significant part of Bournemouth University.

Local authority: Poole Borough Council

OS Grid Reference: SZ012908

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Things to see and do in and around Poole

  • Scaplen's Court Museum
  • The Dolphin Swimming Pool
  • Poole Pottery and Factory Outlet
  • Poole Museum and Scaplens Court museum
  • Waterfront Museum
  • The Ark
  • Gus Gorillas Jungle Playground
  • Whitecliff Play Area
  • Prevail Skatehouse
  • Upton Country Park
  • Brownsea Island
  • Splashdown
  • Bowlplex Tower Park
  • Lemur Landings
  • The Big Canoe
  • Sandbanks Crazy Golf
  • Bowlplex Branksome
  • Purbeck Toy and Musical Boxes and Vintage End of Pier Museum
  • Lollipops Soft Play Cafe Bournemouth
  • The Streetwise Safety Centre
  • Giggles Play Centre
  • Curious About Bournemouth
  • The Bournemouth Eye
  • Bournemouth Eye
  • Farmer Palmer's Farm Park
  • Farmer Palmers
  • Oceanarium, The Bournemouth Aquarium
  • RockReef
  • Oceanarium
  • Slades Farm Skate Park

Tourist Information

Poole
Welcome Centre
Enefco House
Dorset
England
BH15 1HJ

Phone 0845 234 5560
Email info@pooletourism.com
http://www.pooletourism.com/

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Weather

Forecast for Tuesday 19 September

06:00


Chance of rain 0%
Max temp. 8°C
(feels like 7°C)
Wind 1mph, gusting to 2mph.
NW
Pressure 1021
Humidity 98%
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09:00


Chance of rain 0%
Max temp. 13°C
(feels like 12°C)
Wind 1mph, gusting to 2mph.
N
Pressure 1022
Humidity 77%
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12:00


Chance of rain 0%
Max temp. 16°C
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Wind 1mph, gusting to 2mph.
SW
Pressure 1022
Humidity 59%
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15:00


Chance of rain 4%
Max temp. 17°C
(feels like 16°C)
Wind 2mph, gusting to 4mph.
WSW
Pressure 1022
Humidity 57%
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18:00


Chance of rain 3%
Max temp. 15°C
(feels like 13°C)
Wind 3mph, gusting to 4mph.
WSW
Pressure 1022
Humidity 69%
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21:00


Chance of rain 3%
Max temp. 14°C
(feels like 13°C)
Wind 2mph, gusting to 4mph.
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Pressure 1023
Humidity 82%
UV Index n/a
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