With a rich maritime
history, the busy resort town of Poole stands
on the northern shore of Britain’s largest
natural harbour and one of its biggest shallow
water anchorages. Poole Harbour was, in fact,
a key embarkation point for allied troops on
As a port, the town enjoyed great prosperity in the Middle Ages and today offers cross-Channel sailings to France and the Channel Islands. It is also a popular destination for thousands of sailors, windsurfers, and even oil prospectors.
The birthplace of the
thriller writer John le Carre, its most famous
export is the uniquely-designed pottery ware
known as Poole Pottery whose products are now
considered highly collectable.
Tower Park is one of the largest leisure complexes in the country, but Poole has many other attractions. Brownsea Island is worth a visit to see the rare red squirrel while a local waterfront museum explains the history of the area.