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Poole Travel Guide

Brownsea Island is perhaps the jewel in Poole’s crown, 500 acres of National Trust managed land, a short ferry journey ride from Poole Quay is a step back in time to peace and tranquillity. About a third of the island is taken up by the nature reserve superbly run by the Dorset Wildlife Trust. Here the visitor will find proud peacocks strutting their stuff, a variety of other birds and possibly a rare glimpse of a red squirrel, one of the few remaining places in Britain to see this shy animal.

Back on dry land Poole Pottery and the Waterfront museum provide interesting quayside entertainment. Poole Arts Centre is at the centre of the town’s cultural focus; recently refurbished the centre has a packed and ambitious programme of events to suit all tastes. On the edge of the town is the world famous Compton Acres Gardens, a beautifully constructed series of gardens representing many countries. The Japanese and Italian gardens are particularly notable.

Nightlife is not Poole’s strong point but with Bournemouth only ten minutes away the burghers of Poole may well feel that’s a blessing in disguise! There are however numerous good pubs many selling ‘real ale’ and a surprising number of good restaurants.

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