The Main Harbour in Poole, Dorset, Southern England, Showcasing it's Natural Beaches and Blue Waters (Photo: Steven Mckell/Shutterstock)
The Main Harbour in Poole, Dorset, Southern England, Showcasing it's Natural Beaches and Blue Waters (Photo: Steven Mckell/Shutterstock)

Caroline Costello
Cruise Critic Contributor

Port of Poole

This East Dorset resort town in the United Kingdom features boatloads of family fun, with a water park, large beaches and several appealing museums. The harbor itself is gorgeous; it's one of the biggest natural harbors on earth. Poole cruises dock in the city's South Quay terminal.

Head to Hartland Moor National Nature Reserve, a protected area outside of Poole that hosts an array of indigenous animals in its misty bogs -- it's well worth a day trip. The reserve is also home to the spectacular ruins of Corfe Castle, more than a thousand years old.

Shore Excursions

About Poole


Pro

Shielded from the sea, the Poole Harbor is a haven for water sports.

Con

Poole can be crowded during the UK summer holiday.

Bottom Line

Centuries of history line Poole's pristine beaches with sweeping sea views.


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