Dorset Harbours and Quays

The Harbour and Quay General Information

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Explore the treasures of Poole’s historic quayside, delve deep into the heart of the Old Town where sea captains and pirates once stood and immerse yourself in Poole’s fascinating history.

Poole Museum (free entry), the Cockle Trail guided walk, treasure hunt and Poole Trail interpretation panels will help unravel Poole’s past for explorers young and old!

Along the quayside look out for tall ships, fishing vessels and luxury Sunseeker powerboats, manufactured just across the water, or head out on one of the many harbour cruises or take a boat trip further afield to Swanage or Old Harry.    Or sit with Lord Baden-Powell and look out to Brownsea Island.

A visit to the popular Poole Pottery is a must for exclusive designs and studio pieces, giftware and seconds.   Watch the master potter at work or paint your own masterpiece to take home.

Further along the quay visit Purbeck Pottery, Poole Welcome Centre and the Old Town for beautiful gifts and small local shops.

Crabbing on Poole Quay is a must, as is sampling the delicious food and drink on offer in one of the many restaurants, cafe bars or traditional pubs whilst enjoying the splendid views across the harbour towards the National Trust’s Brownsea Island.

With its bustling atmosphere Poole Quay offers a great day out to suit all tastes.  In the evenings there are plenty of bars and restaurants plus a packed summer events programme.

If you need a break just a short walk away is the peace and quiet of Poole Park, with sailing/boating,  The Ark with its ice rink and children’s play areas, minature train ride, crazy golf and a green gym for the fit!