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Poole Quay for Groups

  The Quay to a great day out for groups

 Poole Quay is a perfect location for groups with a central drop off point at the heart of the Quayside and free off site coach parking.  Enjoy fabulous harbour views from a wide range of waterside cafes, bars & restaurants, browse for gifts or take a harbour cruise and see Poole from the water. Plan your visit with some great itineraries.

Poole Quay Highlights

Poole Pottery at Poole MuseumPoole Museum
Dorset's most visited free attraction, Poole Museum offers a great time for all in historic quayside buildings in Poole’s Old Town and is home to Poole's Tourist Information Centre.  Discover the remarkable story of this historic port and its harbour and see outstanding new exhibits, such as the magnificent carved rudder from the age of Rembrandt, recovered from the Swash Channel Wreck – an important Dutch ship that sank nearby in 1631. On Floor 3 is the world’s best public display of Poole Pottery, revealing the remarkable story of this unique British pottery business including an original potter's wheel.  There are activities for all the family, including digital and paper trails, and visitors enjoy the interactive 1950s kitchen and the birds of Poole Harbour in our hide.  Approximately 500 metres from the coach drop off point, the museum has disabled access, a lift to its three floors and a cafe.

Poole History
Take a self guided Cockle Trail one hour walk (pick up a leaflet, 50p from the Tourist Information Centre or download a copy on the right). Follow the brass panels set into the pavement exploring Poole's seafaring history. Visit Poole's historic Old Town and 18th Century Merchant Houses where Poole gained its fortune from rich trade with Newfoundland.  

Titan Leathercraft workshop 2Titan Leathercraft
Working leathercrafting studio and shop with free public viewing area where visitors can come and watch our team of skilled craftspeople at create unique leather goods.  Browse through our specially selected range of hand-made leather goods and gifts and relax for a while in our coffee lounge with handmade Italian Gelato, locally hand roasted coffee and other locally made treats and snacks.


Quayside Emporium with logoQuayside Emporium
A unique shopping experience; one shop filled with many local traders of arts, craft, giftware and much more!  A huge variety of local gifts and foods can be found here too. As well as the great shopping, Quayside Emporium boasts a welcoming cafe restaurant, serving both hot and cold meals, prepared with local ingredients.  We offer a large range of local handmade cakes and freshly ground coffee and local Dorset Tea.

A visit to Poole Quay isn't complete without a Harbour Cruise

City Cruises Poole  2City Cruises Poole
City Cruises Poole offer a wide range of  cruises throughout the year. See the best views in Dorset with our sightseeing, dining  and evening cruises.  Whether it’s a short cruise in Europe’s largest natural Harbour or a cruise down the Jurassic Coast to the Victorian resort of Swanage we have something for all tastes. With a licensed bar & tea / coffee lounges onboard and a full commentary from our experienced Captains we will make your trip extra special. For further information & group rates please contact poolesales@citycruises.com or call 020 77 400 400.

Brownsea Island 2For visits to National Trust Brownsea Island, boats depart daily from Poole Quay, from 10am every half hour until 29 October 2017 and re-opens for daily visits on 17 March 2018.   For winter opening visit https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/brownsea-island.



Brownsea Island Ferries 2012Brownsea Island Ferries
As well as services to Brownsea Island, Brownsea Island Ferries offer Harbour Cruises, Jurassic Coastal Cruises, cruises to Dancing Ledge puffin nesting site and winter RSPB guided bird trips.  With regular services to Wareham, Swanage & Old Harry Rocks as well as special sailings to view Poole's regular fireworks displays and the Red Arrows at Bournemouth Air Show.


Greenslade Pleasure BoatsGreenslades Pleasure Boats
Come see the wonderful Poole Harbour and Dorset coastline from a different angle. Take one of the many boat trips and pleasure cruises that regularly run from the town’s bustling quayside, around the harbour, along the coast to Swanage or to Wareham River.  With 3 boats offering capacity for 150-179 people space for a dance floor, disco, live bands plus a fully licensed bar, we have everything your group could want.


Retail Therapy 
For confirmed shoppers, outlet shopping is available at Pavers & Leading Labels at Dolphin Quays, adjacent to the coach drop off. Or visit one of the independent shops along Poole Quay and Lower High Street including Lush for handmade cosmetics.

Dolphin Shopping Centre 2016Dolphin Shopping Centre 
From the Quay a 15 minute walk down Poole High Street  brings you to the Dolphin Shopping Centre – a covered shopping centre which is home to a number of shops including M&S, Beales, Boots, Animal, Primark and more.  Alternatively take the circular hop-on-hop off Route One bus service from Poole Quay to the shopping centre (excluding Sundays). 



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