Explore the treasures of Poole's historic quayside, delve deep into the heart of the Old Town where sea captains and pirates once stood and immerse yourself in Poole's fascinating history.
Poole Museum (free entry), the Cockle Trail guided walk, treasure hunt and Poole Trail interpretation panels will help unravel Poole's past for explorers young and old!
Along the quayside look out for tall ships, fishing vessels and luxury Sunseeker powerboats, manufactured just across the water,. Set sail on a harbour cruises or take a boat trip further afield to Swanage or Old Harry. You can sit with the life sized sculpture of Lord Baden-Powell, which honours Poole's scouting connections, or visit the National Trust Brownsea Island with boats leaving the quayside every 30 minutes in season.
Along the Quay enjoy a range of shops, cafes, restaurants and attractions or pop around the corner for Poole Tourist Information Centre at Poole Museum. Here you can pick up a cockle trail leaflet and explore Poole's historic Old Town. During August you can visit Scaplens Court (next to Poole Museum) a Grade I listed medieval building dating back to the 1300s.
There are a range of different attractions and activities to enjoy on the quayside.
Make sure you reach the top viewing platform of the newly refurbished Sea Music Sculpture by Sir Anthony Caro, which celebrated its 25th anniversary on Poole Quay in 2016.
Crabbing on Poole Quay is a must, as is sampling the delicious food and drink on offer in one of the many restaurants, cafe bars or traditional pubs whilst enjoying the splendid views across the harbour towards the National Trust's Brownsea Island.
With its bustling atmosphere Poole Quay offers a great day out to suit all tastes. In the evenings there are plenty of bars and restaurants plus a packed summer events programme.
If you need a break just a short walk away is the peace and quiet of Poole Park, with play parks, sailing/boating on the lake, The Ark with its ice rink and children's play areas, crazy golf and a green gym for the fit!
- Poole Quay