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Review: Poole

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Dorset, United Kingdom

Not on holiday, I live here

  • By SilverTraveller Pendle125

    62 reviews

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  • Jan 2013
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I just thought that I would add a review of my home town which is Poole in Dorset. Often you overlook the place that you know best. Poole is often referred to as the poor relation to Bournemouth, however Poole is actually the classier end as all the expensive properties of Sandbanks etc are in Poole. It has an old heart to the town with the old sea captain's cottages lining the old High Street. As you walk through these you come to the Quay and the famous Poole Pottery. From there you can take ferries (in the warmer months) to Poole Harbour, Brownsea Island and over the other side of the bay to Swanage. I think that there is also a ferry to Bournemouth pier. The main town has got a pedestrianised High Street that leads to an indoor shopping complex called The Dolphin Centre. This has got the usual collection of shops, M&S, Next, Primark, etc.. There is a nice modern theatre called The Lighthouse, however there is no cinema in the centre of town anymore. The town is served by a central railway station and there is a bus station beside the Dolphin Centre. Near to the centre is a large park called Poole Park with a boating lake, cafes and children's playground, also there is a miniature train. There are lots of ducks to feed in the lake. The other side of the park leads to the harbour itself and you can walk alongside the sea for quite a way to an area called Baiter which is big recreation ground bordering the sea. You can catch a ferry to France from the harbour from the far side of the quay. There are many marinas and it has a general air of "boatiness" about the quay and the harbour. There are also several museums. Sandbanks – has as the name implies – lots of sand and a lovely beach that goes all the way round to Hengistbury Head on the far side of Bournemouth. You can walk all the way along on the promenade, but it will take you a few hours. It is a lovely level walk that is very suitable for the disabled in wheelchairs. Poole is a good area for a holiday as you have Bournemouth about 4 miles away for a bit more shopping etc and then you can go the other way towards Swanage and Corfe Castle for a more rural area. The New Forest National Park is not very far away for a more dedicated walker. All in all it has something for everyone I would say, but then I am biased!

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