Something for everyone
The towns of Poole and Bournemouth are quite simply superb places to visit. If it is beautiful beaches you are looking for then there is hardly anywhere in the UK that can can compete with Sandbanks in Poole and the miles of superb beaches that the area can boast.
Poole Quay is a great place to visit and has a wide array of places to eat and drink. Attractions also include the world famous Poole Pottery.
Bournemouth has become the cosmopolitan capital of the south with superb shops a large and vibrant night life as well as many cafe bars. Bournemouth has something for everyone and while the mature visitor is still very much catered for, the young and families are now also high on the agenda.
Our Top Picks
Inspired by Lewis Carroll's world famous stories, the Alice in Wonderland Family Park is the perfect place for younger children to enjoy a unique day out.
Seven acres of landscaped park have been magically transformed and here you'll meet Alice and her extraordinary friends.Visit Website
Compton Acres invites you to escape to ten different worlds. Ten individual gardens in one, set in ten acres with spectaular views over Poole Harbour, Brownsea Island and the Purbeck Hills.
"One is nearer God's Heart in a garden than anywhere else on earth."Dorothy Frances Gurney (God's Garden, 1913)
Welcome to 1000 years of history. Corfe Castle is one of the most dramatic ruined castles in England. The leaning towers and large blocks of fallen stone give the misleading impression that the castle was destroyed deliberately over 350 years ago during the English Civil War and the remains that we see today are the result of engineers and not the ravages of time.Visit Website
Monkey World was recently voted Dorset's family attraction of the millennium. You can see the monkeys in their natural surroundings. There is a host of things to do and things to buy. If you are visiting the area, Monkey World is an absolute must.Visit Website
Portland Castle was built for Henry VIII between 1539 and 1540, to protect an important anchorage known as "Portland Roads". Along with Sandsfoot Castle, opposite on the cliffs towards Weymouth, Portland was one of a chain of artillery forts built along the Channel coast to counter a feared invasion by France & Spain.Visit Website
The Blue Pool & Tea House
The Blue Pool at Furzebrook, between Wareham and Corfe Castle on Dorset's Isle of Purbeck, has attracted and enchanted visitors for over 60 years. It's fame as a beauty spot originally came from the curious fact that the hue of the water changes from minute to minute with every variation of sunshine, cloud and rain.Visit Website
Experience for yourself the beauty and serenity of these informal and essentially English Gardens. Planting the Gardens began thirty years ago with a collection of rhododendrons and Australian plants. "Wimborne Botanic" as the garden was originally known, had a wide collection of trees and plants from around the world, and was featured on BBC TV's "Gardeners' World".Visit Website