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City Name: POOLE
Direction from City Center to Hotel: South
Closest Convention Centre: Lighthouse Art Centre
Distance from Hotel: 1 MI/ 1.61 KM
Golf: 2.4 MI/ 3.86 KM South East
An hour's drive east of Poole, the New Forest town of Beaulieu offers sights to please both adults and children. The wide-ranging collection at the National Motor Museum includes more than 250 vehicles. Meanwhile, the castle-like Palace House uses costumed guides to give visitors a taste of what life was like long ago, and the ruins of Beaulieu Abbey beckon inquisitive explorers.
Even if you're not one for the water, it's hard to resist the sea views and energising activities at Poole Harbour, a large natural harbour. On especially nice days, you might be tempted to take a spontaneous windsurfing class, book a kayak tour, and catch a ferry to Brownsea Island, a haven for wildlife with a lagoon.
Don't Go Home Without
The Jurassic Coast lies an hour's drive from Poole and the hotel. Stretching along 95 miles of coastline from East Devon to Dorset, it offers a glimpse at many astonishing rock formations and fossils. You can see the effects of the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous ages on the English coastline, and stop off at a variety of museums dedicated to local natural phenomena.
Poole has long been known as a centre for pottery. A colourful range is on display at the Poole Pottery studio, a 15-minute walk from the hotel. In addition to learning about the history of the company, you can watch a demonstration, paint your own pot and browse a large selection of expertly made models to find your home's next big conversation piece.