Poole is situated on the South Western Main Line, which operates between London and Weymouth, and has four railway stations. The largest of these, Poole Station, is located about 0.5 km from the high street. It can be reached with ease by car, bicycle, bus or on foot from the town centre. Branksome Station is located in the suburb of Branksome, about 5 km from Poole's high street. Travellers arriving there can reach the town centre by bus or taxi. Parkstone Station is situated about 3km from the High Street, while Hamworthy Station is located approximately 4km from central Poole. Both stations are accessible by bus, car or taxi. All four railway stations within the town are served by South West Trains' London Waterloo to Weymouth express and stopping services. It is possible to get connecting services to London Waterloo from most major stations within the UK.
Famous for its natural harbour, the town of Poole is one of Dorset's most popular tourist destinations. One of its main attractions is the Quay, which is lined with pubs and restaurants, so you can dine in style while enjoying views of the ocean, and watch the yachts and fishing boats in the busy marina. The quayside is also home to the renowned Poole Pottery studio and the Poole Museum is just a few minutes' walk away, located on the high street. While visiting the town, you can also relax on one of its lovely sandy beaches, explore the historic Old Town area or see a production at the Lighthouse arts centre. Visitors can also take a ferry from the Quay and spend the day on Brownsea Island, a wildlife haven famous for its red squirrel population.