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Brownsea Island

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Poole BH13 7EE, England
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Owned by the National Trust, Brownsea Island is dramatically located in Poole Harbour, with spectacular views across to the Purbeck Hills. Thriving natural habitats - including woodland, heathland and a lagoon - create a unique haven for wildlife, such as the rare red squirrel and a wide variety of birds, including dunlin, kingfishers, common and sandwich terns and oystercatchers. The Outdoor Centre invites you to come and follow in the footsteps of Lord Baden-Powell and the very first Scouts who camped here in 1907. Scout and Guide Groups can camp and get stuck in with activities such as archery and low ropes and we also offer Eco Adventure Camping as an opportunity for the general public to come and experience the great outdoors. The perfect day's adventure - this island wildlife sanctuary is easy to get to but feels like another world from the moment you step ashore.
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  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Poole BH13 7EE, England
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Would throughly recommend but allow more time! We left for he island at 2pm and could have spent all day there. Kids (aged 4&5) spent half the time climbing the trees which were allowed! Lol. We were lucky to spot a red squirrel and siki...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Gone here since a little kid and it was great back then! Got boring around the teenage year but now as a young adult who can appreciate nature going here with friends makes a great day out, lots of little areas to explore, animals to...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

My wife and I were staying in bournemouth and we came back again. We love nature and the location was perfect for seeing wild life. Terns avocet and red squirrels we saw. Had a lovely cuppa and cake after the walk.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Well worth the trip to see the Red Squirrels and various birds of woodland and coast. Go to the hides, take lunch and enjoy.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Get the ferry from either Poole or Sandbanks (we chose Poole as it's easier to park there). Brownsea is run by The National Trust, so if you're not a member you'll need to pay on entering the island from the ferry. A walk round the...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

My grandson and I visited for the first time. We were on the first ferry across and it was foggy. This gave the whole experince an added sense of adventure. The island is an ideal environmnet for an outdoor experience without the noise of cars...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Fun but expensive day out for the family. The ferry there is quite pricey with no family ticket discount and so it makes for an expensive family outing, for what there is there. Lovely and peaceful island. Be prepared for lots of walking (and mud...More

Thank 208libby
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My family and I went over to the island for a day trip and had a lovely time. The boat trip is 20 minutes to the island and 40 minutes return as it includes a harbour tour (and as there is a particular route for...More

1  Thank Sue L
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Sadly, the red squirrels were in hiding when we visited, but we enjoyed a couple of hours on the island, nonetheless. We followed one of the suggested trails and enjoyed learning about the natural, social and economic history of the island including its role in...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

When you factor in the cost of the ferry, this must be one of the most expensive NT properties to visit. But do not let that put you off. The island is a beautiful retreat. The forests and coastal views are stunning, the wildlife is...More

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smarsh67
14 March 2018|
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Response from ldimage1 | Reviewed this property |
No dogs allowed. You could consider Studland, great beach, parking, NT cafe etc and a favourite for Dog walkers. Either take the chain link ferry from Sandbanks, or drive the longer route via Corfe Castle.
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Ionela B
6 February 2018|
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Response from MichelleAndre N |
The entrance price was very reasonable. For us travelling from Australia there was no point in buying the National Trust membership. this is a great place to take a picnic. They have brochure's and also a shop and a cafe... More
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GeriDevon1980
23 October 2017|
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Response from Brownsea_Island_NT | Property representative |
Hi there, There is a multi story car park just by Poole Quay which is a short walk to the quayside to hop on a boat to Brownsea.
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