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Sandbanks, Dorset - - 1878689.jpg
Sandbanks viewed from Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour
Sandbanks is located in Dorset
Location within Dorset
Area0.39 sq mi (1.0 km2)
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townPOOLE
Postcode districtBH13
Dialling code01202
FireDorset and Wiltshire
AmbulanceSouth Western
UK Parliament
List of places
50°41′10″N 1°56′42″W / 50.686°N 1.945°W / 50.686; -1.945Coordinates: 50°41′10″N 1°56′42″W / 50.686°N 1.945°W / 50.686; -1.945

Sandbanks is an affluent neighbourhood of Poole, Dorset, on the south coast of England, situated on a narrow spit of around 1 km2 or 0.39 sq mi extending into the mouth of Poole Harbour.

It is known for its high property prices and for its award-winning beach.[citation needed] In 2005, Sandbanks was reported to have the fourth highest land value by area in the world.[1][needs update] The Sandbanks and Canford Cliffs Coastline area has been dubbed "Britain's Palm Beach".[2]

Sandbanks Ferry, looking towards Sandbanks
Sandbanks Peninsula, seen from the Sandbanks Ferry looking towards the Haven Hotel


Sandbanks beach

Sandbanks is connected to Studland by the Sandbanks Ferry, a chain ferry across the mouth of the harbour. The Sandbanks area of Poole Harbour (known as North Haven Lake) is used for water sports and by light marina craft. The north side is home to the Southern Headquarters of the Royal Yachting Association and a sailing school.[3]

Views to the north are across Poole Harbour and to Poole. To the south views extend across the English Channel and to the coastline of Studland and Swanage in the west.


Sandbanks is a predominantly residential area, with homes stretching east from the Harbour to The Avenue, the eastern boundary of Poole. Homes often sell for millions of pounds.


The Haven Hotel in Sandbanks, constructed in 1887, was where Guglielmo Marconi performed wireless experiments in the late 1890s while living there. Sandbanks was the third place in the world to have a permanent wireless station (1899).

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution stationed a lifeboat at Sandbanks in 1865. The crew had to travel from Poole in a horse-drawn carriage whenever it was launched so a new Poole Lifeboat Station was opened at Fisherman's Dock on Poole Quay in 1882.[4]


Sandbanks is part of the Canford Cliffs ward which elects two councillors to Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council, and also the Poole parliamentary constituency.

Notable present or former residents[edit]

Large houses at Sandbanks, seen from the Poole to Brownsea Island ferry


Sandbanks is accessible by car on two B-roads: B3369 from Parkstone and B3065 from Westbourne, or via Sandbanks Ferry from Studland. Sandbanks along with Bournemouth and Poole has easy access to the M27 motorway at Southampton via the A338 and A31 roads.

The nearest train station is Parkstone railway station, about 4 km away but there are no public transport routes connecting there. Instead, the Purbeck Breezer bus route runs daily year-round from Bournemouth railway station, the major station in the conurbation, and seasonal routes (some departures only) runs from Poole bus station, near Poole railway station.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Island on the market for £2.5 million", BBC News 13 April 2005
  2. ^ Morris, Steven. "£3m for modest bungalow needing TLC", The Guardian 2 November 2005.
  3. ^ "Home".
  4. ^ "History". Poole Lifeboat Station. Retrieved 15 December 2010.
  5. ^ "Tony Pulis' wife fighting "beyond laughable" flats plans next to £6m Poole home". Bournemouth Echo. Retrieved 7 February 2022.
  6. ^ "Tony Pulis buys in Sandbanks". This is Staffordshire.
  7. ^ Macdonald, Siobhan; MacDonald, Stuart (27 August 2021). "Graeme Souness wins battle to build luxury mansion amid neighbour complaint". Daily Record. Retrieved 7 February 2022.
  8. ^ Dixon, Hayley (8 April 2014). "Millionaires' row residents have their 'lives ruined' by raucous stag parties". The Daily Telegraph.
  9. ^ Bird, Daniel (27 June 2021). "Harry Redknapp shares real reason for leaving beachfront home after 25 years". Retrieved 24 February 2022.
  10. ^ Bird, Daniel (27 June 2021). "Harry Redknapp shares real reason for leaving beachfront home after 25 years". Retrieved 7 February 2022.
  11. ^ "Redknapp confirmed as QPR manager". BBC Sport.
  12. ^ "Jamie Redknapp Shows Off Stunning Home Where He's Set To Raise Third Child". 25 May 2021. Retrieved 7 February 2022.
  13. ^ "Dorset celebrities".
  14. ^ Silverman, Laura (28 September 2014). "My space: Celia Sawyer". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 7 March 2015.

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