Guidebook for Poole

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Guidebook for Poole

Food Scene

Glorious harbour views – breakfasts, bar meals, lunch, drinks and dinner (6 mins).
Salterns Harbourside Hotel
38 Salterns Way
Glorious harbour views – breakfasts, bar meals, lunch, drinks and dinner (6 mins).
Stunning waterside café and restaurant. Great for refreshment at the end of the day or for fine dining (to watch the sunset) in the evening.
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Shell Bay Seafood Restaurant
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Stunning waterside café and restaurant. Great for refreshment at the end of the day or for fine dining (to watch the sunset) in the evening.
Wonderful for dining with views over Sandbanks and Poole Bay.
Haven Hotel
161 Banks Rd
Wonderful for dining with views over Sandbanks and Poole Bay.
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Jazz Cafe
28 Shore Rd
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Sandbanks Beach Cafe
Dine with views over Sandbanks and Poole Bay.
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Sandbanks Hotel
15 Banks Rd
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Dine with views over Sandbanks and Poole Bay.
Thai tapas bar and restaurant (lunches and dinners).
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Koh Noi
292 Sandbanks Rd
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Thai tapas bar and restaurant (lunches and dinners).
Early opening café (breakfast, lunches, nice cakes!). Alongside a bike shop and it has a cyclist vibe - but if you don't cycle, don't be put off. The food is healthy - and some very naughty and non-bikers love it too. (5 mins)
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Rockets and Rascals
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Early opening café (breakfast, lunches, nice cakes!). Alongside a bike shop and it has a cyclist vibe - but if you don't cycle, don't be put off. The food is healthy - and some very naughty and non-bikers love it too. (5 mins)
Early opening patisserie, bakery and café (4 mins)
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Artisan Mark Bennett
256 Sandbanks Rd
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Early opening patisserie, bakery and café (4 mins)
Fantastic seafood restaurant. There are lots of other restaurants along this Old High Street.
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Storm Fish
16 High St
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Fantastic seafood restaurant. There are lots of other restaurants along this Old High Street.
A locals favourite near Parkstone Bay Marina, adjacent to Harbourside Park. Nice for late afternoon, early evening sun and sunsets. Soak up the waterside atmospere, have a chilled drink and delicious food or evening meal. (10 mins)
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South Deep
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A locals favourite near Parkstone Bay Marina, adjacent to Harbourside Park. Nice for late afternoon, early evening sun and sunsets. Soak up the waterside atmospere, have a chilled drink and delicious food or evening meal. (10 mins)
2 miles, 45mins.
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Rick Stein, Sandbanks
10-14 Banks Rd
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2 miles, 45mins.
Cafe and restaurant (lunch and dinner) overlooking the beach and Poole Bay. You can even cycle to it in the evening.
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Branksome Beach Restaurant
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Cafe and restaurant (lunch and dinner) overlooking the beach and Poole Bay. You can even cycle to it in the evening.
Restaurant (lunch and dinner) overlooking Poole Harbour.
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Harbour Heights Hotel
73 Haven Rd
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Restaurant (lunch and dinner) overlooking Poole Harbour.
Cafe and restaurant (lunch and dinner) overlooking the beach and Poole Bay. You can even cycle to it in the evening.
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Vesuvio
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Cafe and restaurant (lunch and dinner) overlooking the beach and Poole Bay. You can even cycle to it in the evening.

Parks & Nature

Evening Hill picnic area & viewpoint – 12 mins, stunning views to Sandbanks and Brownsea Island. At its base the harbourside prom that goes to Sandbanks starts.
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Evening Hill
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Evening Hill picnic area & viewpoint – 12 mins, stunning views to Sandbanks and Brownsea Island. At its base the harbourside prom that goes to Sandbanks starts.
Harbourside Park (0.6 miles, 10 mins) runs alongside Parkstone Bay, with views over to Brownsea and a prom going all the way to Poole Quay (2 ¼ miles, 45mins).
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Whitecliff Harbourside Park
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Harbourside Park (0.6 miles, 10 mins) runs alongside Parkstone Bay, with views over to Brownsea and a prom going all the way to Poole Quay (2 ¼ miles, 45mins).
Baiter park (30 mins) continues on from Whitecliff park and runs alongside Parkstone Bay, with views over to Brownsea and a prom going all the way to Poole Quay (2 ¼ miles, 45mins). Public slipway for boat and water craft launches.
Baiter Park
Baiter park (30 mins) continues on from Whitecliff park and runs alongside Parkstone Bay, with views over to Brownsea and a prom going all the way to Poole Quay (2 ¼ miles, 45mins). Public slipway for boat and water craft launches.
Poole Park (1 mile, 22 mins) – with its model boating and larger lakes and wildlife, watersports, restaurants and cafes, tennis courts, miniature golf, bowling green and of course, beautiful gardens (and 2nd cricket ground!).
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Poole Park
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Poole Park (1 mile, 22 mins) – with its model boating and larger lakes and wildlife, watersports, restaurants and cafes, tennis courts, miniature golf, bowling green and of course, beautiful gardens (and 2nd cricket ground!).
Waterside park with a beach and huts and cafe. Nice to sit and relax. Other board sports launch from here.
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Hamworthy Park
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Waterside park with a beach and huts and cafe. Nice to sit and relax. Other board sports launch from here.
Lake Pier Beach (popular for kayak launching) and Ham Common Nature Reserve. Very scenic, particularly if you walk the undulating circular walk (takes about 30mis) up to the view point at the top car park.
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Lake Pier
99 Lake Dr
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Lake Pier Beach (popular for kayak launching) and Ham Common Nature Reserve. Very scenic, particularly if you walk the undulating circular walk (takes about 30mis) up to the view point at the top car park.
Further on from the holiday park, at the end of the road is Rockley Sands beach (with café) and Rockley Sailing School.
Haven Rockley Park Holiday Park
Further on from the holiday park, at the end of the road is Rockley Sands beach (with café) and Rockley Sailing School.
Studland beach - a 2.5 mile stretch of National Trust sandy beach with great paddling and swimming. It's actually 3 beachs - the Naturist beach !, Knoll and Middle beach. Which join to Studlands South beach at low tide.
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Studland Beach
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Studland beach - a 2.5 mile stretch of National Trust sandy beach with great paddling and swimming. It's actually 3 beachs - the Naturist beach !, Knoll and Middle beach. Which join to Studlands South beach at low tide.
Scenic walks, castle and nature reserve.
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Brownsea
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Scenic walks, castle and nature reserve.
Compton Acres Gardens and Plant Sales (30 min walk or the No 60 bus which stops near me can take you there).
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Compton Acres
164 Canford Cliffs Rd
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Compton Acres Gardens and Plant Sales (30 min walk or the No 60 bus which stops near me can take you there).
The harbourside prom to Sandbanks (It actually starts at base of Evening Hill, 12 mins from me). You see all kinds of watersports.
Banks Road
The harbourside prom to Sandbanks (It actually starts at base of Evening Hill, 12 mins from me). You see all kinds of watersports.

Sightseeing

Poole Quay (2 miles, 45mins). Cafes, restaurants, pubs, food stalls. Bustling marina and quayside. Boat trips. Old Town a few streets behind. Evening outdoor entertainments and fireworks.
The Quay
Poole Quay (2 miles, 45mins). Cafes, restaurants, pubs, food stalls. Bustling marina and quayside. Boat trips. Old Town a few streets behind. Evening outdoor entertainments and fireworks.

Getting Around

Sandbanks peninsula (2.7 miles, 54 mins). Passenger ferry to Brownsea Island. Sandbanks Chain ferry to Shell Bay every 20 mins.
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Sandbanks
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Sandbanks peninsula (2.7 miles, 54 mins). Passenger ferry to Brownsea Island. Sandbanks Chain ferry to Shell Bay every 20 mins.
Parkstone train station (1.67 miles, 25 mins) and the Coach stops not far away. This is ok if you are walking, cycling or taking a taxi, but the local bus route would be more complex.
Station Road
Parkstone train station (1.67 miles, 25 mins) and the Coach stops not far away. This is ok if you are walking, cycling or taking a taxi, but the local bus route would be more complex.
National Coach Station (1.75 miles, 40 mins). Only 5 mins to the local bus station (from where the No 60 can drop you at the end of my road, but beware the bus may stop running early evening).
Seldown Coach Station
National Coach Station (1.75 miles, 40 mins). Only 5 mins to the local bus station (from where the No 60 can drop you at the end of my road, but beware the bus may stop running early evening).
Poole Railway Station (2 miles, 45 mins). Only 5 mins to the local bus station (from where the No 60 can drop you at the end of my road, but beware the bus may stop running early evening).
Poole Railway Station
Poole Railway Station (2 miles, 45 mins). Only 5 mins to the local bus station (from where the No 60 can drop you at the end of my road, but beware the bus may stop running early evening).
No 60 (Poole/Sandbanks) bus stop - Conifer Avenue (5 mins)
Conifer Avenue
No 60 (Poole/Sandbanks) bus stop - Conifer Avenue (5 mins)
No 60 (Poole/Sandbanks) bus stop - Parkstone Cemetery (7 mins)
Parkstone Cemetery
No 60 (Poole/Sandbanks) bus stop - Parkstone Cemetery (7 mins)
Poole local bus station (1.75 miles, 40 mins)
Poole Bus Station
Poole local bus station (1.75 miles, 40 mins)
No 60 bus stop - Blake Dene Rd / Sandbanks Rd (5mins)
Blake Dene Road
No 60 bus stop - Blake Dene Rd / Sandbanks Rd (5mins)
No 50 scenic Bournemouth/Ferry/Swanage bus stop (30 mins walk from me or the No 60 connects with it in Canford Cliffs).
Shore Road
No 50 scenic Bournemouth/Ferry/Swanage bus stop (30 mins walk from me or the No 60 connects with it in Canford Cliffs).

Essentials

5 mins.
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Tesco Express
260-262 Sandbanks Rd
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5 mins.
Petrol station and min supermarket (5 mins)
The Co-operative Food
291 Sandbanks Rd
Petrol station and min supermarket (5 mins)
Off licence (5 mins). Friendly staff give advice on what to have with what!
Oddbins
319 Sandbanks Rd
Off licence (5 mins). Friendly staff give advice on what to have with what!
Tesco Express
Tesco Express

Everything Else

Parkstone Yacht Club
Lilliput Sailing Club
200A Sandbanks Rd
North Haven Yacht Club
2 Banks Rd
This is just one of the many watersports tuition and kit hire shops dotted along this part of the harbour. Although there are many vans representing other companies, they will sometimes not book roadside and require you to ring the shop elsewhere inland.
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The Watersports Academy
19 Banks Rd
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This is just one of the many watersports tuition and kit hire shops dotted along this part of the harbour. Although there are many vans representing other companies, they will sometimes not book roadside and require you to ring the shop elsewhere inland.
Salterns Marina
40 Salterns Way
Watersports tuition and sales - SUP, windsurf, kitesurf, kayak, wakeboard and waterski.
H20 Sports
91 Salterns Rd
Watersports tuition and sales - SUP, windsurf, kitesurf, kayak, wakeboard and waterski.
Shop offers tuition, hire, kayak tours - SUP, windsurfing, kitesurf, kayaks
Poole Harbour Watersports
284 Sandbanks Rd
Shop offers tuition, hire, kayak tours - SUP, windsurfing, kitesurf, kayaks
Parkstone Golf Club
49 Links Rd
Parkstone Bay Marina

Entertainment & Activities

Theatre, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra concert hall and cinema and exhibitions (and café and bar)
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Lighthouse
21 Kingland Road
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Theatre, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra concert hall and cinema and exhibitions (and café and bar)