The Dorset seaside town of Poole has a population of just under 140,000. Its many attractions for visitors include the natural harbour and the town's noted beaches. The Romans as they invaded Britain landed at Poole, and the area was even later overrun by the Vikings. A trading link with Newfoundland in the 16th century helped underpin the town's more recent prosperity, but after the Napoleonic wars that trade declined but tourism began to take its place from the 19th century on to be an important part of the local economy today.
The harbour is an important habitat for birds and is a site of special scientific interest. But do visit, as well as the harbour area, the nearby Jurassic Coast. Buildings of interest in the town itself include the 18th century Guildhall, and well known people associated with Poole include Greg Lake of 1970s supergroup ELP who was born in the town.