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Poole is a large coastal town, seaport and tourist resort in Dorset, south England. Lying on the shores of the English Channel on the northern and eastern sides of Poole Harbour, the town is also Dorset’s second largest settlement.

Since the 1970s Poole has become one of Britain’s busiest ports, with cross-Channel freight and passenger ferry services.

Tourism is a major part of Poole’s economy, with the town’s large natural harbour, quay, history, and award-winning beaches being some of the main draws for visitors. Cruises are available from the quay during the summer, and Poole Harbour and Poole Bay are popular for water sports.

Poole has attracted a number of businesses, with the headquarters of Sunseeker, Merlin Entertainments and the RNLI located in the town. There is also a Royal Marines base in the harbour.

The Guildhall is an iconic building, and The Lighthouse is the UK’s largest arts centre complex outside London. Poole also has several urban parks.

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