Local area guide

Living in Poole

Thinking about moving to Poole? Discover why it's a great place to live, fun things to do here, what the local schools and transport connections are like - and of course the most important thing of all: how much houses cost to buy.

Your guide to moving to Poole

Why Poole is a good place to live

Living in Poole is a bit like being on a full-time holiday. This charming coastal town is known for its natural beauty, offering an outdoors lifestyle that's hard to resist.

Poole is host to some of the UK's most beautiful beaches, all just three miles from the main town. Poole Harbour is a key attraction, being the second largest natural harbour in the world and perfect for water sports or simply taking in the view.

With reputable schools, good health services and top transport connections, there's a lot to love about living in Poole. Moving to Poole means embracing a blend of waterfront living and vibrant town life without compromising on conveniences.

What's Poole famous for?

Poole is famous for its natural harbour, which is the second largest in the world. This thriving hub is not only beautiful but also serves as a hotspot for water sports such as windsurfing and paddle-boarding.

Poole is known for its rich maritime history, its Old Town's historic houses and its bustling Quayside with plenty of shops, restaurants, and pubs. And if the arts tickles your fancy, you'll be pleased to know that Poole houses The Lighthouse - a large arts venue home to the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

Things to do in Poole

Poole's wide variety of attractions ensures there's never a dull moment. See brown squirrels on Brownsea Island, a popular tourist destination owned by the National Trust, or explore Poole's rich maritime history and stunning architecture in the Old Town and Quayside. The Quay also provides a range of top-class dining options.

To enjoy the outdoors, take a leisurely stroll through Poole Park's 110 acres of parkland, or visit Sandbanks's luxurious beaches. For those looking for more thrilling activities, try water sports at the harbour or catch a performance at The Lighthouse, the South Coast's largest arts centre. From history to adventure, you'll find it all in Poole.

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Transport in Poole

Find the nearest train stations and other transport links in Poole.

Local connections

National Rail
0.1 miles / 0.2 km
Poole Quay Ferry Landing
Ferry Port
0.4 miles / 0.6 km
Poole Ferry Terminal
Ferry Port
0.8 miles / 1.3 km
Parkstone (Dorset)
National Rail
1.5 miles / 2.4 km
National Rail
1.7 miles / 2.7 km
Brownsea Island Ferry Landing
Ferry Port
2.3 miles / 3.7 km

Schools in Poole

Discover local primary schools, secondary schools and sixth form colleges in Poole.

Education in Poole

Old Town Infant School and Nursery
Ages: 3 - 7 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2019)
Poole High School
Ages: 11 - 18 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2022)
Longfleet Church of England Primary School
Ages: 4 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2019)
Oakdale Junior School
Ages: 7 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2019)
St Mary's Catholic Primary School, Poole
Ages: 4 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2019)
The Cornerstone Academy
Ages: 11 - 16 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2022)

Local pubs in Poole

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  • Butler & Hops

    Poole, Dorset, BH15

    No matter the occasion, it’s always better when good food and drink is involved. That’s where we step in. Our knowledgeable, friendly and down-to earth team are always on hand to make sure you get the most from your visit.

  • Angel

    Poole, Dorset, BH15

    A traditional pub serving homemade pizzas along with a wide selection of beers, wines and spirits