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Visiting Poole

Travelers to Poole give high marks for the bustling port, top-notch restaurants, and lively bar scene. This welcoming city also attracts tourists with its spas. Top sights in the city include Poole Harbour and Brownsea Island.

  • There are 65 hotels and other accommodations in Poole
  • The closest major airport is in Bournemouth (BOH-Bournemouth Intl.), 8.3 mi (13.3 km) from the city center
  • The next closest is in Southampton (SOU), 32 mi (51.5 km) away

Sightseeing and Staying in Poole

The city's natural setting is picturesque, including the seaside and these places to visit: Brownsea Island, Poole Park, and Compton Acres. Exploring the waterfront is one of the top activities, while Poole Harbour, Poole Quay, and Sandbanks Ferry Terminal are favorite sights to visit. A couple of additional sights to add to your agenda are Poole Twin Sails Bridge and RNLI College.

In Poole, there are 65 hotels and other lodging options so you'll have ample places to choose from for a perfect holiday retreat. Here are highly ranked ones based on Expedia user reviews:

  • Honey Lodge - Amenities at this 4-star bed & breakfast include free parking and a bar. It's a favorite with Expedia travelers for its breakfast and comfortable beds.
  • The Plantation - Our customers like the breakfast and beach locale at this inn. This 4-star inn features a restaurant, free WiFi, and free parking.
  • Quay Holidays - Dolphin Quays - Amenities at this 4-star apartment include free WiFi and free parking. Expedia customers love its walkable location.

Popular places to see around the area include Bournemouth International Centre, 5.7 mi/9.1 km from the city center, and Bournemouth Beach, which is 5.9 mi (9.5 km) away.

Getting Around Poole

With so many choices for transportation, seeing all of Poole is a breeze. If you want to journey outside of the area, hop aboard a train from Poole Hamworthy Station, Poole Station, or Poole Parkstone Station. You can cross the water on a ferry from the port.

Dressing for Poole

  • Between January and March, you can expect average temperatures of 52°F during the day and 38°F at night
  • From April to June, the average during the day is 65°F, while the average at night is 42°F
  • July through September has daytime averages of 67°F with nighttime averages of 51°F
  • In October-December, you can expect daytime averages of 61°F and nighttime averages of 40°F
  • Average annual rainfall for Poole is 1.06 inches
  • Usually August and July are the hottest months with an average of 66°F, whereas February and January are often coldest, averaging 39°F

Frequently asked questions

Where is the best place for a stay in Poole?
South Rising Guest House is a favorite property for Expedia customers. This 3-star guesthouse offers free breakfast and free WiFi. Other top choices based on reviews include The Merchant House and Hotel du Vin & Bistro Poole.
If I need to cancel my hotel reservation in Poole, will I receive a refund?
Yes! The majority of hotel reservations are fully refundable as long as you cancel before the accommodation’s cancellation deadline, which is often 24 or 48 hours before your arrival date. If your reservation is non-refundable, you might be able to still cancel and get a refund within a 24-hour period of your booking. Put your dates in and click on “Search”, then use the filter option “free cancellation” to view the best deals in Poole.
Where can I learn more about changing or cancelling my trip to Poole?
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What's the best budget-friendly hotel in Poole?
Based on reviews, Holiday Inn Express Poole is a popular 3-star hotel for our travelers looking for an economical choice, and features free breakfast and free WiFi. Other good choices for your budget-friendly stay include Haven Hotel and Sandbanks Hotel.
What's the best accommodation for a family vacation to Poole?
Sandbanks Hotel is a top 4-star hotel on Expedia for families, and features an indoor pool and a free kids’ club. Other options for your family trip include Harbour Heights Hotel and Haven Hotel. Attractions like Sandbanks Beach and Splashdown Waterpark are also fun for kids of all ages.
What's the best place to stay for a couple going to Poole?
Holiday Inn Express Poole is a favorite 3-star hotel for couples, and features satellite TV and a restaurant. Other good choices for your romantic getaway include Hotel du Vin & Bistro Poole and Sandbanks Hotel.
What's the best pet-friendly place to stay in Poole?
Hotel du Vin & Bistro Poole is a top hotel for people traveling with their pets, and offers a restaurant and a bar/lounge for its human guests. Other good options for you and your pet include Thistle Poole and Salterns Harbourside Hotel.
Where is the best hotel to stay with easy access to Poole Harbour?
Adjacent to Poole Harbour, Thistle Poole is one of the top choices for your stay based on our traveler data, and this 3-star hotel offers a restaurant and free WiFi. Other good choices within a short distance include Holiday Inn Express Poole and Hotel du Vin & Bistro Poole.
What about the best place to stay near Brownsea Island?
One of the top choices for your stay is Haven Hotel, located 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Brownsea Island, and this 4-star hotel offers a full-service spa and free breakfast. Sandbanks Hotel and Holiday Inn Express Poole are two other good options within 5 miles.
What's the best accommodation for a beach vacation in Poole?
The Merchant House is a top 3.5-star beach inn with a restaurant and free WiFi. Ox Hotel Bar & Grill is another good choice for your beach trip. To enjoy some time by the water, head to Sandbanks Beach or Shell Bay Beach.
What's the best luxury accommodation in Poole?
The Canford is a 4-star inn with a restaurant and a bar, and it’s a popular choice for Expedia travelers looking for an elegant place to stay. Grovefield Manor and Sandbanks Hotel are other upscale choices for your vacation.
What's the best boutique hotel in Poole?
Grovefield Manor is a favorite 4-star guesthouse with Expedia travelers looking for a stylish accommodation, featuring a bar and free breakfast. If you want to stay at a boutique hotel, you might also want to look at The Canford.

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