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Poole Museum and Scaplen's Court Museum and Herb Garden

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Trip back in time & beautiful gardens

Set back from the Quay Scaplen’s House is a hidden gem. It’s a lovely old building with some good... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Russell S
Newbury, United Kingdom
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Skylight Cafe

A wonderful place to view Old Poole and a small part of the Quay. Sit on the skylight balcony in... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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At Poole Museum discover the colourful history of this ancient port town and its people, and learn about the amazing environment of Poole Harbour, on four floors of art, archaeology and social history. The recently extended and re-displayed museum...more
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4 High Street, Poole BH15 1BW, England
+44 1202 262600
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Set back from the Quay Scaplen’s House is a hidden gem. It’s a lovely old building with some good exhibits. I was very impressed by the old kitchen, schoolroom and civil war graffiti! It also has a lovely tranquil herb and flower garden at the...More

Thank Russell S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A wonderful place to view Old Poole and a small part of the Quay. Sit on the skylight balcony in the sun or inside, either way you are at the heart of an historic area of Poole. The view is great, the service friendly and...More

Thank S W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Love looking around . I found it very interesting about Poole and the history as I'm not from around Poole originally

Thank JessicaCowing
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Set just off the High Street this is a lovely museum - tells the story of this fine port through the ages and is blessed with the lovely herb garden.

Thank Philip H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just off the main Quay is this little gem - a really nice little museum, full of interesting items and facts Great to spend an hour or two

Thank Windymiller186
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

found this local museum walking around the old town ,found it most tineresting and the dispaly's very well labeled with information it is well set out over different levels highly recommend a visit to this museum of local history

Thank Madeleine W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I am not a real local, lived here just twenty years, this Museum is so well done, perfectly laid out, interesting, well done, a must visit. And if you can visit Scaplens court a real bonus.

Thank ianmacuk1959
Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

What a great find off The Quay on the waters edge, right at The Stable bar and just a few minutes walk up the road the museum is on your left. "Tourist info in the form of leaflets on lots of local attractions available in...More

Thank debspants
Reviewed 18 June 2018

I’m a local in Poole and like most locals only visited this museum recently! It’s well laid out and has lots of items of interest. I liked the showcasing of local artists and understand that the exhibitions vary. The rooftop has a lovely view of...More

Thank Joanne M
Reviewed 16 June 2018

We have only just "discovered" the Museum, despite living nearby for some years. It's excellent. Spread over several floors in old wharfe buildings adjacent to the dockside, it's full of fascinating information and displays on local matters stretching back many decades. Well presented and worth...More

Thank 1941bigjohn
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Response from Jules453 | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure either. It seems though that Poole is dog friendly. A lot of shops have water bowls outside for our canine friends.