Shopping and Markets in Poole
There’s a fantastic mix of retail areas and shops in Poole. From well-known high street brands to small independent retailers selling handmade gifts, we’re sure you’ll enjoy shopping in Poole’s town centre or on the Quay.
And once you’ve worked up an appetite, take a break with something to eat or drink in the street-side cafes or patisseries. Perfect for resting your feet and people watching!
Dolphin Shopping Centre
Poole has the benefit from having both indoor and outdoor shopping areas. Head inside to the Dolphin Centre for all your big-name brands – selling everything from clothes and shoes to jewellery and chocolates. You’ll also find Beale’s Department Store, which is packed with everything you could possibly need during your holiday to Poole.
The Dolphin Shopping Centre is conveniently located next to Poole Bus Station and opposite The Lighthouse Arts Centre, so you can easily match your shopping trip with a matinee show or afternoon movie in their cinema.
Outside on Poole’s pedestrianised High Street you’ll find a mix of well-known brands and independent shops. The High Street stretches all the way from the Dolphin Centre to Poole Old Town and the Quay, and it will take approx. 15 minutes to walk from one end to the other.
Mixed in-between the shops you’ll find cafes, restaurants and pubs waiting for you to call in for some lunch or tea and cake.
Poole Old Town and Quay
As you walk from the High Street towards Poole Quay, you’ll pass through the Old Town – filled with quaint little shops, traditional pubs and modern bistros.
Buildings at this end of town date back to the 18th Century Georgian era and the charming cobble-lined streets give it a real olde-worlde feel.
On the Quay, you’ll find gift and souvenir shops alongside art galleries, leather goods emporiums and pottery studios. Perhaps you’ll grab a coffee or ice-cream and wander along the waterfront dreaming of owning one of the huge super-yachts in the marina – let’s hope you remembered to buy your lottery ticket this week!
Did you know that Poole is the home of lifestyle and all-round cool clothing brand Animal? The company was founded in 1987 in Poole and now manufactures durable clothing, wetsuits, luggage and watches which are sold all over the country. Pop into their shop in the Dolphin Shopping Centre for the latest on-trend clothing, footwear and accessories.
The story of popular clothing, footwear and accessories brand Brakeburn also began in Poole. Their team of designers draw on Poole’s beautiful surroundings as inspiration for their hand drawn prints and unique detailing.
Start planning your shopping trip to Poole today
If you need a little more information and inspiration, head over to the Poole Tourism website.