The coastal town of Poole dates back to before the Iron Age. Once known for its seaport and wool trade, Poole is now a tourist destination. Today people come for the beaches, the natural harbor and the history.
When you come to Poole most likely the first place you are going to head is the beach, and why not? Poole is home to Britain's Best Beach, Sandbanks which has held the Blue Flag standard for twenty-two years and counting, much longer than any beach elsewhere in the United Kingdom. The three mile stretch of clean golden sand is of set by the crystal clear waters.
Poole is also home to four other sheltered beaches that also hold to the high standards of sanitation. Canford Cliffs Beach is situated on a steep sandy cliff face. It is a wonderful haven for wildlife and you might be surprised at what you see.
Branksome Chine beach has gradual sloping sands. This beach is considered extremely safe and is ideal for a place to take the kids.
Those that want to take their dogs to the beach should visit Branksome Dene. This beach is open to dog walking year round and has wonderful views of the bay.
If you are looking for a beach away from the hustle and bustle then go to Hamworthy Park Beach. Located on the northern end of Poole Harbor it's away from all the hustle and bustle of the town center.
Beaches aren't the only way to enjoy the harbor. There are several ferries that you can enjoy. If you are looking for a ferry to get you out to Brownsea Island then just take anyone of the half hour daily ferries. Leaving from either Sandbanks r Poole Quay there is a ferry every half hour starting at 10am.
Those that want to take a tour of the harbor can also find ferries leaving every half an hour and giving you a complete view of the harbor and the five islands.
Brownsea Island is just a twenty minute boat ride from Poole Quay and is a great way to spend the day. This island is full of wildlife to observe and history to discover. There are tranquil walks, adventure trails for the children and spectacular views. Take a picnic and spend the day exploring the beautiful island.
Kids and military enthusiasts alike will enjoy the Tank Museum. Here you can see the best collection of tanks in the world. There are six halls filled with over 200 tanks including the world's first tank, the German tiger tank, and the modern Challenger 2. During school holidays there are even action displays that take place.
While in Poole be sure to stop by the Lulworth Castle. This 17th century castle gives families a feel for what it was like to be a King or Queen. There are many special events scheduled throughout the year. The castle and park also include an 18th century chapel, play area and animal farm for the whole family to enjoy.
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