People have been living and working here since at least the Iron Age, and by the 1100s, Poole was established as an important sea port. The burgeoning wool trade of the time brought prosperity to the town. By the 18th century, the town was at its peak, functioning as one of the biggest and most important ports in Britain. The large natural harbour means that the ocean here is generally peaceful and calm, perfect for tourists and visitors to enjoy from their Poole hotels. Many of the beaches here are world class and some are even Blue Flag rated. The port currently functions as a key commercial port and departure point for cross-channel ferries.
Poole lies about 180 kilometres from London and is an attractive and busy coastal town. It is a popular holiday resort which appeals to visitors with the Blue Flag beaches, big natural harbour and a rich history. The quay region is sprinkled with Poole hotels restaurants and quaint pubs. It is frequented by water sports lovers, and Sandbanks, with its superb beach, is the hub for water sports. Enjoy anything from sailing to windsurfing to power boating and jet skiing when you stay in Poole hotels. In the summer you can enjoy the frequent fireworks displays. Every Tuesday evening throughout the summer, motorcycle enthusiasts meet up in Poole, so if you have a bike, why don't you join in on the fun? Your children will likely really enjoy Monkey World which is not far outside of the city limits, and the adults can relax in Upton Country Park. While you're there, stop in for tea and cakes at Upton House.
Poole has a very balanced economy and was an important manufacturing hub which has seen a lot of expansion in the service industry lately. It is home to Sunseeker, which is the largest private builder of motor yachts in the world. Some other main employers here include Sealed Air, Hamworthy Combustion, Penske Cars Ltd and Kerry Foods. Business travellers may book hotels close to the industrial estates such as Nuffield and Mannings Heath. Tourism remains an important economy booster, employing many people. Travel to and from Poole is very easy due to its role as an important harbour. Bournemouth International Airport is around 16 kilometres away, with loads of scheduled flights to and from cities across Europe. Travel by train is one of the best ways to get to Poole. The train journey from London takes about two and a half hours. By road, you can drive down the M27 to the A31. Book good business hotels in Poole and you will have a comfortable trip.