History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Overlooking Poole Harbour is Compton Acres, 10 acres of remarkable mixed gardens, including a Japanese, Roman, Old English, Italian, Canadian, and Spanish garden area among others. The gardens at Compton Acres are composed so that each area is seperate and can be experienced independent of the others, creating a tour of world gardening styles in miniature.
On Poole Quay is the Boathouse Museum, dedicated to telling the tale of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and the Poole RLNI station, which has been in operation since 1865.
The Poole Park Railway is a narrow gauge railway which takes daily 1/2 mile trips around Poole Lake during the summer months and on weekends during the rest of the year.
Address: Poole, Jurassic Coast, Dorset, England
Attraction Type: Town
OS: SZ014 910
Photo Credit: Joanne Paul
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Brownsea Island - 2.3 miles (Countryside)
Compton Acres - 2.6 miles (Garden)
Deans Court - 5.4 miles (Garden)
Wimborne Minster Church - 5.5 miles (Historic Church)
Studland, St Nicholas Church - 5.5 miles (Historic Church)
Priest's House Museum - 5.5 miles (Museum)
Knoll Gardens - 6.2 miles (Garden)
Corfe Castle - 6.5 miles (Castle)
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