Coordinates: 50°43′N 1°59′W / 50.717°N 1.983°W / 50.717; -1.983
Poole (/puːl/ (listen)) is a large coastal town and seaport in Dorset, on the south coast of England. The town is 33 kilometres (21 mi) east of Dorchester, and adjoins Bournemouth to the east. Since 1 April 2019 the local authority is Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council which is a unitary authority. Poole had an estimated population of 151,500 (mid 2016 census estimates) making it the second largest town in the ceremonial county of Dorset. Together afterward Bournemouth and Christchurch, Poole has a total population of greater than 465,000.
Human agreement in the area dates encourage to before the Iron Age. The prehistoric recorded use of the town’s declare was in the 12th century considering the town began to emerge as an important port, prospering behind the initiation of the wool trade. Later, the town had important trade contacts with North America and, at its top during the 18th century, it was one of the busiest ports in Britain. In the Second World War, Poole was one of the main departing points for the Normandy landings.
Poole is a tourist resort, attracting visitors in the expose of its large natural harbour, history, the Lighthouse arts middle and Blue Flag beaches. The town has a commercial port with cross-Channel freight and passenger ferry services. The headquarters of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) are in Poole, and the Royal Marines have a base in the town’s harbour. Despite their names, Poole is the home of The Arts University Bournemouth, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and a significant portion of Bournemouth University.