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The Ark, Poole Park, Poole, Dorset, BH15 2SF

Telephone 01202 717197


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We want to make your visit to The Ark an enjoyable and memorable one from start to finish.  While you are here make sure you make the most of everything we have on offer.  Why not sample our cafe or Ice Cream Parlour, enjoy creating some special memories on the Ice Rink or in the Soft Play area? 

By Road

We are two hours away from London (M3, M27), 40 minutes from Southampton (M27) and 10 minutes from Bournemouth.  Travelling west on the M27 the road becomes the A31 to bypass Ringwood, Ferndown and Wimborne Minster. Remain on the bypass until reaching the roundabout junction signposted the A349 Poole town centre and ferry port. 

Follow the A349 and ferry signs until reaching the roundabout signposted the A350 Poole town centre. This roundabout has the Poole Fairway marker buoy in the centre of it.

Turn left here onto the A350 (Holes Bay Road). Follow the dual carriageway which skirts the bay. At the next roundabout at the end of Holes Bay road turn left onto the flyover and move to the right hand lane.

At the next roundabout turn right and within a minute you will see the Lighthouse art centre, keep going to the next roundabout, take the second right turn and you will enter Poole Park. 

Carefully does it over the speed humps and watch out for the ducks! Keep going along the park road and within a few minutes you will see The Ark.

From London 2 hours
From Bristol 1 hours 45 minutes
From Southampton 40 minutes
From Bournemouth 10 minutes

Car parks

There is plenty of free car parking space in Poole Park and at the The Ark.

Disabled parking is available directly outside The Ark.

Parking is also available at The Dolphin shopping centre multi-storey car park, a short walk from Poole Park and The Ark. There is also a car park located at the Dolphin Swimming Centre on Kingland Road, only a five minute walk away.


The Ark is a short walk from Poole bus station, Poole Park is signposted. Please contact Yellow Buses for information.


Poole Rail Station is in the town centre a 10 minute walk from The Ark. Follow signs to ‘Arts Centre’ which take you through the shopping centre to the bus station.

The Lighthouse is opposite the bus station, turn left and walk past the Lighthouse, following signs for Poole Park.  The Ark is in the centre of Poole Park.  Daily services from all major cities including London Waterloo, Edinburgh, York, Birmingham, Manchester and Southampton.

South West Trains run a half hourly train service to Poole station from London Waterloo with a journey time of around 2 hours.

You can buy your South West Trains tickets online, at your nearest station or simply call 0845 6000 650.

We look forward to seeing you!

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