Poole Harbour
Poole Harbour
4.5
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tonypallister
Chapel-en-le-Frith, UK21 contributions
Aug 2020
We had a weeks holiday in Poole and on our five visits to Poole harbour we found that the people visiting didn't know what social distancing meant. We saw people walking into Tesco with no masks and not been challenged, in one cafe where tables were set out 2m apart the staff allowed people to move the tables so they could get more sun! You wonder about people ho disobey the rules and members of staff who turn a blind eye....heaven forbid if by these actions or lack of actions that anyone should catch covid 19. We did go to other towns such as Swanage but for some reason these arrogant people visiting or living at Poole think these rules were not meant for them!!!
Written August 16, 2020
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Jacqal
Bushey, UK431 contributions
Sep 2021
Poole Quay was once a "go to" destination for us. We have visited on may occasions, taken friends and family on day trips there and bought on pottery dinner service, still much prized and used after many many years.
So when we visited last weekend, we were shocked by the changes since we last visited. What was once a quay with interesting shops full of quality goods is now devoid of character with just pubs and restaurants. Gone are the quaint shops we loved to browse.
At one end a relatively new high rise block of flats now houses the largest Pavers outlet show store we've come across - all totally out of character with the original quaint quay. Past two food outlets, there is a windy tunnel under the building to some partially working public toilets which look as if they've been in use for 30 years without maintenance. Whoever designed this arrangement should be fired.
You may be able to get a nice boat trip but there are lots of more pleasant places that you can go for that.
Whoever is responsible for those toilets should take a look at some of the other places nearby where they manage clean working toilets that don't require a fight with a wind tunnel to get to.
We won't be rushing back.
Written September 14, 2021
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Alicja1
Blackpool, UK276 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
We can say it was our favourite destination. The houses around are full of character, the view of the boats around is stunning . Great place to spend the evening and have nice fish and chips too. There are day cruises available from here too. It wasn’t easy to park, but if you drive around you will find something.
Written July 30, 2020
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Bluebellplasnewydd
Cardiff, UK1,978 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
There is nothing much at the ferry port apart from a small cafe and toilets. More problematic is the journey by car to catch your ferry. Whilst Dover, Portsmouth and Newhaven are served by A roads or motorways the journey to Poole is through built-up areas and heavy traffic. So allow plenty of time. There is a swing bridge connecting the ferry terminal to Poole town if you have time but otherwise there is nothing to do in the ferry area. However when on the ferry there are great views of Poole Harbours, Brownsea island and Sandbanks.
Written June 24, 2023
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Loveadayout
Birmingham, UK341 contributions
Sep 2021 • Family
We visited recently on our holiday for my daughter to go crap fishing. We had a lovely few hours even if we only caught a handful of crabs. The place was buzzing with lots of people doing the same and everyone was really friendly. Definitely a visit if you are in the area.
Written September 23, 2021
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Jim S
Bridlington, UK107 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
To start with, the sunset, looking from Sandbanks harbourside road across the harbour towards Poole, is the one of the most beautiful you'll see anywhere. Poole harbour is the 2nd largest natural harbour in the world, (I believe Sydney is the largest). Apart from the main channel into the ferry terminal & freight port, the majority of the harbour is very shallow, not unusual to see windsurfers in the harbour during the summer months, boat trips from Poole quay out to the Solent & to Brownsea island in centre of the harbour, are very popular, or if you like, a walk around the harbourside for photo opportunities is worth doing. I thoroughly recommend a visit to this beautiful, natural place.
Written October 17, 2020
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Lindsey
Doncaster, UK68 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
We walked down around here whilst visiting friends. We saw everyone crabbing and decided to give it a go! We purchased a full crabbing kit with bait from a lovely gentleman near the lifeboat station. Very well priced :) We then spent the next few hours enjoying our first crabbing experience! We caught over 10 crabs and a few little fish. We put them all back safely afterwards. Would definitely recommend this experience :)
Written August 14, 2021
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DrBScotland
Abernethy, UK457 contributions
Mar 2021 • Family
No idea how lovely this town is - absolutely charming and can only get better as things start to open again.
Lots of interesting places to eat , drink have coffee and cake and see
Building gs date back to 1330 and older!
They have maintained their beautiful historic buildings with pride and purpose and allowed the modern areas to develop as with style . There are great public parks with fantastic playgrounds long promenade walks by a seascape that changes daily .
Poole is perfect !
Written May 1, 2021
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Janet S
2 contributions
Oct 2022
We’ve been to Poole before and always enjoyed our visits, but this time it was marred by the construction work being carried out. The toilets are disgusting - out of 5 gents toilets only 2 had toilet roll holders. Only one had a toilet roll, plus there were no means of locking the door in that one. Effectively, none were in a usable state. The Ladies was not much better either. I certainly hope these problems are addressed before next season.
Written October 8, 2022
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Brian M
107 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
Well worth a visit if you in the area. We went on a hop on - hop off bus from bournmouth, we arrived at 11am and stayed till 3PM. Plenty of little cafe bars and pubs serving various foods. The marina is small but still had a good amount of different vessels to look at. We took one of the many harbour cruises to see the islands and points of interest, including the famous millionaires row on Sandbanks. We enjoyed every minute of our visit and will be back again in the future.
Written September 11, 2020
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