Trains to Poole

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Poole is a large coastal town in Dorset operating a ferry service to France. It is located on the South coast of England. The town adjoins Bournemouth to the east and is 33 kilometres (21 mi) away from Dorchester. Poole is the second largest town in Dorset.

Poole boasts beaches Holes Bay, Parkstone Bay and the Boating Lake offering train passengers a wonderful coastal and sea view. Passengers arriving in Poole will find an attractive coastal town with a theatre, concert hall, studio, cinemas and galleries. Poole railway station is located on the South Western Line, 113 miles (183.1 km) down the main line from London Waterloo. The train station is situated in the town centre next to Holes Bay and beside Poole harbour. It is one of four stations located in the Borough of Poole. It is also the terminus for the London to Poole service, while Virgin Cross Country operates a service to the North West and Scotland that starts and terminates at Bournemouth.

The Lighthouse Arts Centre is only nine minute‐walk away from the train station, it is the largest arts complex in the UK outside of the London area and home to the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. The town centre and Poole Quay are a ten‐minute walk south of the station and offer visitors an appealing mix of historic buildings and a fine variety of traditional pubs. Passengers travelling to Poole by train are advised to purchase an Advanced train tickets to benefit for large discounts that can reach up to 43% on the original train fare. Passengers arriving at Poole train station will find a ticket office and self‐service ticket machines and toilets. A foot bridge links platform one and two. A taxi rank, bus stop, bicycle racks and a large car park are available outside Poole train station.

Poole train station facilities include a seven‐day staffed ticket office and self‐service ticket vending machines. A customer help point and step‐free access are available to both platforms via an underpass. Train services are indicated by digital information displays and timetable poster boards .and customer.

There is a newsagent, a photo booth and luggage trolleys. Outside the train station is equipped with bicycle storage, car park, bus stop and a taxi rank.

Poole railway station benefits from a semi‐fast service from London Waterloo to Weymouth, trains stop at all stations. The Weymouth express service links Poole and Weymouth.
The London Waterloo to Southampton Central service has been extended to Poole. Passengers travelling to London Waterloo are warned that this train service stops for several minutes at Brockenhurst and Southampton Central. The express service to London Waterloo takes approximately 2 hours, whereas the semi‐fast service lasts 2 hours 15 minutes, while the slow service 2 hours 45 minutes. On Sundays an hourly semi‐fast service runs between Waterloo and Weymouth.

Poole family attractions include Poole Harbour with sailing opportunities and a lively marina. Sandbanks Beach, a family‐friendly beach offering water sports, play areas, mini‐golf and a café. Shell Beach is a white sandy beach with a ferry, dunes and nature are, offering ship watching and a fine dining eatery. Splashdown is a waterpark with flumes, slides and rides. Tower Park is a multi‐purpose centre offering a waterpark, swimming pool, cinema, bowling, soft play area for children, bingo and a wide range of restaurants. Whereas Compton Acres are lush gardens with a tea room and retail spaces. Nature lovers are recommended to visit Brownsea Island ideal for hiking, picnics and wildlife viewing. Book your train tickets to Poole and come and enjoy the variety of outdoor activities the town offers to its visitors!