Destination guide

Spot local wildlife from a Poole bed & breakfast

Poole is home to a stunning natural harbour, teeming with wildlife and water sports. The beaches in Poole, particularly Sandbanks, are unspoilt and highly rated. Also highly rated are the bed and breakfast accommodations in Poole as owners work hard to make your stay exemplary. You’ll find delicious breakfasts and local knowledge to give you insight into the area when you stay at a cosy B & B near Bournemouth in Poole. When you head out for the day, explore Compton Acres and its themed gardens, or check out one of the fascinating museums in the area. The picturesque Fisherman’s Dock is a wonderful place to learn about Poole’s maritime history.<

Things to do

Must-see things when staying in Poole holiday cottages

It's no secret that the beautiful surroundings of Poole are the town's main draws. The seascape here spreads out with the wide waters and wetlands of Poole Harbour, and is home to the protected National Trust site of Brownsea Island. It's criss-crossed by walking paths that weave through woods and green fields. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the curious red squirrels that call the island home. The Brownsea Island Scout camp is also there, a replica of the first ever outdoors camp set up by Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Scout movement. Rainy days with the family might be best spent at the Splashdown Waterpark, whizzing down the speedy tube slides, while Compton Acres has manicured Japanese gardens and tearooms, for more refined pursuits.


All aboard in Poole

Summertime boating outings are all the rage in Poole. There are loads to choose from. You could just hop on one of the classic trawlers and purr around Poole Harbour to get a better view of the city and its surroundings. Or, you can whiz into the Solent to spy out the white faces of the famous Old Harry Rocks cascading into the English Channel. Other trips offer a stop in pretty Swanage, where vintage steam railways or traditional cream teas are the order of the day.

Outdoor activities

Hoisting the sail from your Poole holiday let

Poole has been a sailing Mecca ever since boaters first discovered its irresistible waters. The marine location is bolstered by excellent natural harbours and plenty of quaysides. The town is home to more than 8 individual yacht clubs, with countless more sailing schools to boot. The upshot? It's a great place to up anchor and explore the south coast or hone your skills at the rudder, come summer. And the water sports don't end there, either. Windsurfers and kayakers are bound to love the brackish ponds of Poole Park, while coasteering adventures are possible all along the rock-ribbed cliffs of the Jurassic Coast.


Pack an umbrella and swimming shorts for Poole

Summers in Poole see 1000s of visitors make for Sandbanks and Bournemouth – they are some of the most popular places to lay the towel in all of Dorset. Between June and August, there tends to be plenty of sun to do that, while temperatures can sit in the low 20s. To dodge the main crowds, you might consider a trip in spring's May or autumn's September, when not only are there fewer people on the harboursides, but Poole holiday rentals can leave you with more pounds in the wallet. Just be sure to pack a brolly.

Natural features

Poole – hidden on the South Coast

Poole is sheltered from the main waves of the English Channel by the big bay of Poole Harbour. That extends back from the powdery beach of Sandbanks and its dunes, into the heaths and wetlands of Dorset. The Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty begins right on the doorstep of Poole holiday rentals, which is great news if you're a fan of fossil-speckled coasts and dramatic cliff vistas that crash into the sea. Other highlights of that reserve include the green hills around Corfe Castle and the seaside meadows and rocks of the Durlston Country Park.

How to get there

Transport options to and around Poole

Fly into Bournemouth (BOH-Bournemouth Intl.), the closest airport, located 8.3 mi (13.3 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Southampton (SOU), which is 32 mi (51.5 km) away.

If you're travelling by train, Poole Hamworthy Station, Poole Station and Poole Parkstone Station are the main stations in the area.

How to get around

Public transport around your Poole holiday let

A whole range of bus routes weave along this corner of the south coast, and even pass across to nearby cities and towns, like Bournemouth and Sandbanks. You can bag yourself a daily ticket that covers all the separate operators in the region, so you won't have to worry about paying a fare for every ride. Ferries depart regularly out of Poole's docks to take passengers across to Brownsea Island, while larger boats even link to the Channel Islands. You're not likely to need a car unless you're looking for Poole holiday cottages in the surrounding Dorset countryside or want the freedom to find more secluded beaches along the coast.

Essential info

Poole holiday let facts

  • Poole has a population of just under 150,000
  • Poole is a popular summertime destination for UK travellers, so consider booking your Poole holiday let early if you're coming between June and August
  • Waterproofs are a good idea if you want to take boat trips from Poole or hike the nearby coast
  • Use 999 to contact the coastguard in case of an emergency at sea or along the Dorset shores
  • Average highs of 22 degrees can be expected in the summer months

How many holiday rentals are available around Poole?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,011 holiday lettings around Poole. From 281 houses to 361 flats & apartments, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Poole?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Poole. From travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Sandbanks: 713 holiday homes
  • Poole Harbour: 1,402 holiday homes
  • Poole Hamworthy Station: 1,285 holiday homes
  • Poole Branksome Station: 1,481 holiday homes
  • Bournemouth University: 1,629 holiday homes offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Poole! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Poole?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Poole with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Bournemouth: 1,162 holiday lettings
  • Swanage: 690 holiday lettings
  • Lymington: 1,086 holiday lettings
  • Christchurch: 907 holiday lettings
  • Brockenhurst: 1,146 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to Poole?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of self catering accommodations near to airports. Airports with a large selection of self catering accommodations in Poole are:

  • Poole (POQ-Poole Bus Station): 1,447 self catering accommodations
  • Bournemouth Airport (BOH): 1,476 self catering accommodations
  • Ringwood (RNW-Ringwood Bus Station): 1,755 self catering accommodations

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in Poole? offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in Poole. From travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Poole Harbour: 1,402 holiday rentals
  • Poole Hamworthy Station: 1,285 holiday rentals
  • Poole Branksome Station: 1,481 holiday rentals
  • Bournemouth University: 1,629 holiday rentals
  • Sandbanks Ferry Terminal: 1,431 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Poole listed on where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.