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There are plenty of places to see and visit around Poole. Whether you love hiking or cycling, Poole is a region where 20 hidden gems are waiting to be explored and visited. Check the top places to visit in the region and plan your next adventure today.

The top 20 Attractions around Poole

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    1

    Corfe Castle

    Road Cycling Highlight

    Arguably the UK's most beautiful medieval castle ruins, Corfe Castle's history goes back over a millennia and it has long benefitted from its dominant position on the steep-sided chalk hill. …

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    Old Harry Rocks

    Mountain Biking Highlight

    The bridleway that circumnavigates Handfast Point gives you the perfect opportunity to marvel at these three huge chalk formations. From hereto can also soak up one of the most iconic …

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    Corfe Castle

    Hiking Highlight

    This fantastic ruin dates back to the 11th century and was built by William the Conqueror. It occupies a gap in the chalk hills and dominates the landscape. It underwent …

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    Kit P
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    4

    Christchurch Priory

    Hiking Highlight

    At 311 feet (91 m) long, Christchurch Priory is an unusually long parish church and is longer than plenty of cathedrals. It’s mentioned in the Domesday Book in 1086 but …

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    Kit P
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    5

    Old Harry Rocks

    Hiking Highlight

    These chalk formations are said to have received their name either as a reference to pirate Harry Poole, or because the Devil ("Old Harry") took a nap on them once. …

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    Daniela
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    6

    Swanage Beach

    Hiking Highlight

    Swanage beach stretches along the town's entire seafront and is mostly sandy with some pebble sections. There's plenty to do here, and the beach has lifeguards at the swimming section …

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    Kit P
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    7

    Arne

    Bike Touring Highlight

    RSPB Nature Reserve and it has a cafe.
    Great views, beautiful walks. Cafe excellent and staff very friendly.
    Obviously pretty good for birders and there were some very excited 'twitcher' …

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    Paul
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    8

    Moors Valley

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Great loop through the forest all well maintained with some rocks and duckboards. Good for CX practice or a fun ride with the kids. Go to the reception/cafe from the …

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    Tom
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    9

    Sandbanks

    Bike Touring Highlight

    With some of the most expensive real estate in the world (yes, really), riding through Sandbanks is a cool way for passing from the more metropolitan Dorset to the more …

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    emmie c
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    10

    The Old Town Hall at Corfe Castle was passed to the Town Trust in 1888 and at that time was already more than 200 years old. The ground floor was …

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    Edvard
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    11

    Studland Ferry

    Road Cycling Highlight

    Sandbanks Ferry carries passengers and vehicles between Sandbanks and Studland. You can travel with your bike for just £1. Boats leave from Sandbanks every 20 minutes from 7am until 11pm. Check if the service is running beforehand though: sandbanksferry.co.uk

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    Amy
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    12

    Lower Gardens

    Hiking Highlight

    Despite being a large, sprawling town, Bournemouth has plenty of wonderful outdoor spaces and the Lower Gardens is one such spot. The town's gardens link together and are in three …

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    Kit P
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    13

    Flaghead Chine

    Hiking Highlight

    While neighbouring Sandbanks is famous for its jaw-droppingly expensive properties, celebrity residents and golden sand, Flaghead Chine Beach is really just as wonderful, only quieter.

    Exquisite, fine sand and wonderful …

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    Kit P
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    14

    Arne RSPB

    Road Cycling Highlight

    A fantastic nature reserve, made very popular by an appearance on BBC Springwatch. It has variable habitats including deciduous and coniferoues woodlands, heath and a small stretch of beach in …

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    15

    Keynestone Mill

    Road Cycling Highlight

    Worth stopping here for a coffee as this high-end perfume shop actually serves some of the best coffee around and has a beautiful garden to sit in.

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    emmie c
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    16

    The earliest known incumbent is recorded in 1280. It was named after St Edward the Martyr who was murdered on 18th March 978 on the orders of Queen Alfthryth, his …

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    Edvard
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    17

    Well over a hundred years old, this narrow suspension bridge lies just outside the grounds of Canford School and crosses the Stour. Only wide enough for one person at a …

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    Kit P
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    18

    This church has all manner of interesting features and is well worth visiting. For a start the King of Wessex is buried here; he ruled from 865 to 871, which …

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    Kit P
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    19

    Sandbanks Chainlink Ferry

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Only £1 to cross by bike. The ferry runs from 7am until 11pm, typically every 20 minutes.

    Check out more at sandbanksferry.co.uk/timetable.php

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    Tony
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    20

    The Obelisk

    Hiking Highlight

    An impressive obelisk towering above Swanage, this monument was erected in 1892 to commemorate the town's new water supply. During the Second World War, it was briefly taken down so …

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    Kit P

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