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
Phone 0845 234 5560
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Situated just 2 minutes' walk from Poole's historic Quay, the Quayside Close Holiday Apartments offer self-catering accommodation with free WiFi and free onsite parking. Details...
Within 15 minutes’ walk of Poole International Ferry Terminal, this family-owned guest house offers free private parking. Home-cooked meals are available in the restaurant and real ales are served in Queen Mary Inn’s traditional bar. Details...
Offering a restaurant, Crown Hotel is located a 5-minute walk from Poole Harbour. Free WiFi access is available. Each room here will provide you with a flat-screen TV. Shared bathroom also comes with a shower. Details...
Holiday Inn Express Poole is 20 minutes' walk from Poole's ferry port with connections to France and the Channel Islands. It offers free Wi-Fi in all areas and free buffet breakfasts. Details...
Situated on Poole Quay, this modern hotel overlooks Poole Harbour. Thistle Poole is a family-friendly hotel with 2 bars, a spacious terrace and an award-winning restaurant. Details...
Parkside Bed no Breakfast in Poole offers simple accommodation on the Dorset coast. No breakfast is provided, but Parkside’s clean and comfortable rooms are located close to many local cafés and have tea and coffee facilities. Details...
The Moorings is a wonderful, detached cottage situated in a quiet residential area in Hamworthy near Poole. On the first floor, the cottage has a king-size double room, and on the ground floor, a double and a twin room. Details...
Explorer House is a semi-detached property on the edge of the coastal town of Poole. The cottage sleeps six people in three bedrooms, consisting of one double, one twin with basin and one adult bunks room, as well as a bathroom. The cottage also has a kitchen with breakfast bar and dining area and a sitting room. Details...
The Old Barn is an outstanding, stone-built barn conversion offering superb holiday accommodation near Swanage in Dorset. With three bedrooms including one ground floor double and two family rooms with one double and one single, this wonderful cottage sleeps eight people comfortably. Details...
The Chalet is a detached cottage within the boundaries of the Avon Heath Country Park near Ringwood in Dorset. This cosy property has three bedrooms ? a ground floor twin, a king-size double and a further twin. Details...
Birch Lodge is a rural retreat, a single-storey cottage attaching the owner's home, one mile from Charlton Marshall. Set all over the ground floor, there's one king-size double bedroom plus a wet room, meaning a couple can enjoy a comfortable holiday here. Details...
This traditional farmhouse, situated on a working beef and sheep farm in rural east Dorset, is set close to the borders of Hampshire and Wiltshire and is just one mile from the thriving community of Verwood. Details...