Poole Museum


The building alone is worth seeing – a beautifully restored 15th-century warehouse. The star exhibit is a 2300-year-old Iron Age logboat dredged up from Poole Harbour. At almost 10m long and over 12 tonnes, it's the largest to be found in southern Britain and probably carried 18 people.

It was hand-chiselled from a single tree; millennia later you can still see the blade marks in the wood.

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Nearby Dorset attractions

1. Custom House

0.03 MILES

The impressive red-brick Custom House dates from 1813 – look out for the Union Jack and gilded coat of arms.

2. King Charles

0.03 MILES

One of Poole's oldest pubs, the building dates from around 1150.

4. Brownsea Island

1.36 MILES

On this small, wooded island in the middle of Poole Harbour, trails weave through heath and woods, past peacocks, red squirrels, red deer and a wealth of…

5. Sandbanks

2.78 MILES

A 2-mile, wafer-thin peninsula of land that curls around the expanse of Poole Harbour, Sandbanks is studded with some of the most expensive houses in the…

6. Alum Chine

4.09 MILES

Bournemouth's 1920s heyday is beautifully evoked at a subtropical enclave containing plants from the Canary Islands, New Zealand, Mexico and the Himalayas…

7. West Cliff Lift Railway

4.71 MILES

Built in 1908 to link Bournemouth's steep but relatively low cliffs to the beach, the West Cliff Lift Railway regularly trundles up and down a short…

8. Bournemouth Beach

5.02 MILES

Bournemouth's sandy shoreline regularly clocks up seaside awards. It stretches from Southbourne in the far east to Alum Chine in the west – an immense…