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Brownsea Island

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Poole BH13 7EE, England
+44 1202 707744
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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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  • Very good21%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
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“lovely island” (61 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Poole BH13 7EE, England
+44 1202 707744
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Reviewed yesterday

Its a great location, wildlife there is amazing with the squirells and waders and Terns only bd point is the docking fees after spending money for the ferry but the Trust has to get money from somewhere

Thank nonbiasedfishman
Reviewed 3 days ago

The boat trip to Brownsea Island was already a highlight for our little one and the island itself is a great place for kids to enjoy nature; climb trees, play pretend and just run around. At the picnic area there are also some peacocks which...More

Thank HtravellerDotCom
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We where lucky enough to get a tour with one of the rangers who took us around the island. So much natural beauty and a variety of areas in such a small space. Would love to go again in the summer

Thank Cally B
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We really enjoyed our visit to Brownsea Island. I have always wanted to see red squirrels and wasn't disappointed. We saw one pretty much as soon as we arrived and several more as we walked around. There are lovely walks around and a lot of...More

Thank Rachel H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went on Thursday, WOW what can I say, stunning NT destination If you haven't been it's a must !!! Perfect visit, perfect day Really enjoyed the boat trip over 😀

Thank markrN2230MR
Reviewed 1 week ago

the island itself is beautiful and full of amazing nature and animals. such great insight into the island. so big and beautiful

Thank Megan S
Reviewed 1 week ago

As NT members, we took the opportunity to visit Brownsea Island whilst in Weymouth for a couple of nights. The ferry over is a little pricey, but as NT members the Island is free, Unfortunately the Castle & it's gardens are out of bounds.. being...More

Thank CSLWolves
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fun day out catching the boat from sandbanks across to the island and doing the longer circular walking route round the brownsea. Path was relatively easy going. We even saw a red squirrel or too. Cafe was good at the end for afternoon tea too.

Thank Rob D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Granted, the visit was during mid-September on a day with showers, but it was quiet and peaceful. Leisurely 3m walk with red squirrel, dear and many birds. Could easily spend the whole day if so minded. Ferry fare is about £11, on top of the...More

Thank Peter F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Brownsea Island was an amazing place to visit. You have to get a ferry to the Island which was quite expensive but a very nice trip there and back. it's an amazing place if you are a scout, very nice country side and very quiet.

Thank Halfteck01
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18 June 2017|
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Response from Carol H | Reviewed this property |
The only hotel on the Island exclusively for employees and retired employees of the John Lewis Partnership
Bella C
25 May 2017|
Response from Nikkiandfamily | Reviewed this property |
No, dogs are definately not permitted We have two dogs and found out they are not allowed on or off the lead,
24 May 2017|
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Response from YorkshireBlue24 | Reviewed this property |
You can request one of the boats for wheelchairs.