Much of the town’s rich history is visible on the Quay. The Cockle Trail, a self-guided walk takes visitors around the old town’s mix of Georgian and Medieval buildings illustrating Poole’s seafaring history with tales of smugglers, sailors, ghosts and ghouls who inhabit the town. The interactive Poole Trail, accessed by mobile phone brings Poole’s history to life whilst visitors walk around the town with archived film, recordings of local memories and old photos of Poole’s landmarks.
Learn about the work of the UK’s leading charity on a RNLI Discovery Tour. Explore the world of the lifesaving volunteer crews and lifeguards with 90 minutes behind the scenes tours of the RNLI’s Headquarters and Training College.
For more about the history of the RNLI visit the Old Life Boat Museum and Shop which was Poole’s serving lifeboat station from 1882 to 1989. The museum is home to ‘The Thomas Kirk Wright’ (1939-62) which served as one of the ‘Dunkirk Little Ships’ and was the first of 19 lifeboats to reach Dunkirk on 30 May 1940. Open daily between April and early December (subject to availability of volunteer staff) 10am-4pm and admission is free.