What to do and see in Poole, England: The Best Free Things to do

July 16, 2021 Nobuko Falco

Coordinates: 50°43′N 1°59′W / 50.717°N 1.983°W / 50.717; -1.983
Restaurants in Poole

1. Rock It Poole

58 High Street, Poole BH15 1DA England [email protected] http://www.rockitpoole.com
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5.0 based on 9 reviews

Rock It Poole

Official band T’s and music memorabilia including a selection of new vinyl, hats, hoodies, patches and Jewellery.

2. Poole Museum and Scaplen's Court Museum and Herb Garden

4 High Street, Poole BH15 1BW England +44 1202 262600 [email protected] http://www.poolemuseum.co.uk/plan-your-visit/about-us/
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4.5 based on 354 reviews

Poole Museum and Scaplen's Court Museum and Herb Garden

At Poole Museum discover the colourful history of this ancient port town and its people, and learn about the amazing environment of Poole Harbour, on four floors of art, archaeology and social history. The recently extended and re-displayed museum (all year, except Mons in Winter)has a terrace with stunning harbour views, and activities for all. Medieval Scaplen's Court Museum is open Aug and its tranquil herb garden May - Sept afternoons. ALL FREE.

Reviewed By 851LauraG - Hastings, United Kingdom

Very interesting visit to this museum on a rainy day. Entry is free but donations are welcome - they even have a nifty contactless donation point. It was a very rainy day in the town and this offered shelter and some lovely displays on local life, from home life to industry, trade, and wildlife. Some lovely interactive displays, including a pirate story and the magnetic tiles.

3. Sandbanks Beach

Banks Road, Poole BH13 7QQ England https://new.poole.gov.uk/sports-and-leisure/beaches/our-beaches/sandbanks-beach/
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4.5 based on 1,813 reviews

Sandbanks Beach

Naturally beautiful, with its golden sand, Sandbanks Beach has been designated by the European Commission as one of the few areas in the United Kingdom which has achieved the highest standard of cleanliness. Sandbanks has held the highly coveted international Blue Flag for the past 30 years and offers a designed area for barbeques and swimmers. New slacklining posts have been installed. Equipment is available to hire from the beach office. Activities at Sandbanks include crazy golf, a children's play area and the Sandbanks Beach Cafe. The number 50 Wilts and Dorset bus from Bournemouth Station to Swanage stops near to the beach (generally every half hour in the summer). There is a car park next to the beach that holds 550 cars, 5 for disabled use.

Reviewed By charmainef308

Stunning come visit!!! Amazing blue flag beach, calm, quiet and wonderful views in all directions. Lovely to watch the sail boats go Past and watch the day go by.

4. Smugglers Run

184 Ashley Road, Poole BH14 9BY England +44 1202 385399 http://www.smugglerspubs.co.uk
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4.5 based on 16 reviews

Smugglers Run

5. Poole Harbour

Poole England +44 1202 709971 http://www.pooletourism.com/go.php?structureID=thingstodo&ref=&category=C4B911A13C5379&x=32&y=10
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4.5 based on 1,987 reviews

Poole Harbour

Reviewed By 512joannea - Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom

Well we’re away we like to visit all the different harbours.. So we thought we’d take a walk on this one.. Beautiful harbour lots of lovely boats to see.. Plenty of benches to sit and relax on to watch the world go by.. Must see if your in Poole..

6. Quayside Emporium Ltd.

Hennings Wharf, The Quay, Poole BH15 1GZ England +44 1202 679333 [email protected] http://www.quayside-emporium.com/
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4.5 based on 23 reviews

Quayside Emporium Ltd.

7. RNLI Memorial Sculpture

West Quay Road, Poole BH15 1HZ England +44 845 122 6999 http://www.rnli.org.uk/memorial
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4.5 based on 150 reviews

RNLI Memorial Sculpture

Remembering past sacrifice to inspire future generations. Many brave and selfless RNLI volunteers are remembered proudly in their local communities. However, the RNLI memorial sculpture in Poole is the only place where each and every one of them is named together. The RNLI hopes that future generations of lifeboat crew, lifeguards, supporters and fundraisers will find it a source of inspiration. Ultimately, the memorial reminds us all that there are still people who volunteer to carry out selfless acts of heroism to help others - we will always remember their sacrifice.

Reviewed By lynnej1908

Beautiful up-to-date training facilities within Poole harbour. The sculpture is a modern and beautiful addition. Stayed at the RNLI on a previous visit to Poole in 2017. Highly recommneded

8. Upton Country Park

Upton, Poole BH17 7BJ England +44 1202 262753 [email protected] http://www.uptoncountrypark.com/
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4.5 based on 691 reviews

Upton Country Park

120 acres of open Parkland, shoreline, woodlands and formal gardens. Tea Rooms, Woodland PlayTrail, Splash Fountain, Plant Centre and year round events. Beautiful grade II* listed Georgian style Upton House is also available for weddings and private hire.

Reviewed By martinimagik

The Upton County Park was absolutely wonderful to see and walk around got absolutely soaking wet from the rain but that didn't put me off as I was having such a lovely day there, of finding, taking pictures of so many different mushrooms, walking my lil feet off to all the beautiful views this place has to offer... ???????????? On arrival there's a large car park and toilets at the entry way.. Everything is sign posted, so you won't get lost, plus there's a tea room, toilets next to the children's play area, and also a park refreshment pod serving tea and coffee... There's lots to see here at the Upton County Park, from the lovely House to a walled garden and the many walks off into different directions leading you into the woodlands lake and sea views... Also there's a path that leads you straight back to the city centre, it was long but well worth it as the views and wildlife were fantastic ????????????????????????????????

9. Poole Old Lifeboat Museum and Shop

Fisherman_s Dock, Poole BH15 1RA England +44 1202 666046 [email protected] http://www.poole-lifeboats.org.uk/museum_shop.shtm
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4.5 based on 126 reviews

Poole Old Lifeboat Museum and Shop

Reviewed By sesbreezeknees

The pinky red building I have passed and never been in until the past weekend , its full of history and very friendly ladies working in there, who made us very welcome It is well worth the visit to see a building that has not really changed much and guess how many wellys make up welliam the dog... Buildings and boats like this are special as is the RNLI go and visit and put some money in the box as they deserve it.

10. Truly Scrumptious

5 High Street, Poole BH15 1AB England +44 1202 674117 [email protected] http://www.thepinksugarmouse.com
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4.5 based on 106 reviews

Truly Scrumptious

An old fashion/retro sweet shop just off Poole Quay, once you visit I guarantee you will call again. Pop along and experience our friendly shop. We sell Fudge made in our shop - why not ask for a sample from our range of over 15 different types!, choose from over 220 jars of sweets, relive you childhood memories from our selection. Have a look in our mouthwatering chocolate cabinet over 50 different filling.Or spoil yourself with a luscious Lovingtons ice cream - follow the bubbles

Reviewed By samhuntz64

Visited this week with a friend I felt like I had gone back in time it was amazing both the staff were very helpful even when I couldn’t remember what the sweets that I wanted were called they found them the shop is packed with treasures from my childhood defo going again

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