In Poole there are lots of things to see and do, whether you want entertainment, history, leisure attractions or shopping, and the town has an abundance of surrounding countryside, situated not far from the beautiful New Forest, and also has miles of golden sandy beaches. For an evening of entertainment, you can make a visit to the Lighthouse for drama, music, comedy and family shows, or for a range of live music you can go to Mr Kyps. If you’re having a meal out, there are plenty of options, with lots of different styles of restaurants, and nightlife is fun with a good selection of pubs and bars in the town.
If you’re planning a shopping trip, the you’ll have a great choice which includes the Dolphin Shopping Centre, which caters for all shopping requirements with its huge range of shops. The town is home to a number of conference centres for business, such as the Lighthouse and the Thistle Poole Hotel, and the close airport for international flights is Bournemouth Airport
Poole Car Hire
Wherever you are in Poole, it’s guaranteed that you’ll to get a car from one of the leading suppliers who provide Poole car hire services, you can choose from many of the suppliers including Avis, Enterprise, Europcar, Firefly, Hertz, InterRent, Sixt and others.
While you’re in Poole, some places to visit could include the following:
Not far from Poole is Beaulieu, with its many attractions, and is a must visit for anyone visiting this area. The National Motor Museum is here and shows the history of motor vehicles from their beginnings right up to present, with exhibits including vintage cars and motor cycles, Jaguars, Ferrari and the Land Speed record breaking Bluebird. You can also see the World of Top Gear which includes what’s left of the challenge cars from the TV series. Palace House is a beautiful Victorian house with Gothic architecture and situated by the forest and river making an enchanting scene, and you can have a guided tour to learn the House’s history and view the grand features and art works. Visitors can also take a relaxing walk through the lovely gardens, and see the remains of Beaulieu Abbey, where there’s an exhibition about the monks who previously lived here.
Consisting of several buildings, this Museum displays lots of collections about the area’s past, including a fascinating Iron Age Logboat, Roman glass, medieval jewellery, a large pottery collection and objects found from a shipwreck in Poole in the early 16th century, as well a 1950’s style kitchen.
Here you can stroll around the beautiful collection of gardens of different styles, which include a Japanese garden with a Tea House and pond, along with sculptures and Japanese Wisteria. The Italian garden features fountains, topiary, a villa and mythical sculptures, and the woodland garden has waterfalls, pools, bridges and flowers such as rhododendrons.
Tower Park Leisure Complex
Here you find a large range of leisure facilities for all ages, which includes ten pin bowling at Bowlplex, Splashdown Water Park and its leisure pool with many fun flumes, cinema, gym, amusement arcade, soft play area and many places to eat.
New Forest Activities
Located at several locations around the lovely scenery of the New Forest, New Forest Activities offers a range of different fun activities for all ages to enjoy, and includes kayaking and canoeing tours, courses on bushcraft, archery, combat games, ropes course and the activities would suit any outing, whether its with the family or for corporate team building.
Upton Country Park
There are lots of things to enjoy at this Country Park with its beautiful scenery of parkland, woods, coast and gardens. You can relax in the attractive walled garden and enjoy the fun summer splash fountain, and there’s a tea room and gallery with regular exhibitions. The Park also has a play trail through the woods, segway tours and nature trail through the Park, and the Park is host to lots of extra activities during the summer.
For a fun evening out, you could visit the Poole Greyhound Stadium, enjoying the exciting races and having a flutter. While you’re here you can have a meal and a drink and watch the races in a comfortable and lively atmosphere.
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