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Brownsea Island

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Address: Brownsea Island, Poole BH13 7EE, England
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+44 1202 707744
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Former private island complete with castle built by Henry VIII is now a...

Former private island complete with castle built by Henry VIII is now a wildlife sanctuary containing one of the last red squirrel colonies in Britain.

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Saw some wildlife.

We enjoyed our visit to this island apart from the parking difficulties at Sandbanks which will be reviewed under Brownsea Island Ferries later. There was a good map of the island... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Sevenoaks
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Sevenoaks
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512 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed our visit to this island apart from the parking difficulties at Sandbanks which will be reviewed under Brownsea Island Ferries later. There was a good map of the island with intersecting routes which meant you could vary your chosen route, however there were insufficient map boards en route so you could check exactly where you were especially if... More 

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Bridport, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Three adults, two children took a day trip from Poole to see the wildlife. We looked for squirrels but they were all in the tree tops, dozing in the summer sun. So we picnicked on the short grass, looked at the peacocks, and the children played in the trees and ambushed us from behind bushes. Down to the shore to... More 

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Fleetwood, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I usually visit brown sea island once or twice a year but it never fails to amaze lots of wildlife especially the red squirrel it's nice and peaceful too and relaxing.

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Poole, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A fantastic place to have a good walk and to hopefully seem some red squirrels, deer and various birds that are on the Island. There is a lovely gift shop and cafe (with seating outside) and you have the opportunity to go on a guided tour if you so wish or walk around yourself. A lovely peaceful part of this... More 

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Ascot, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The island is worth a visit any time of the year. The trees are a lovely colour in the autumn, plus you might just spot a red squirrel. It is a National Trust place of interest, with a Cafe. The ferry from Sandbanks is very efficient and runs basically every day.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

travel there by ferry at Poole quay which is very enjoyable with lovely scenery people from children come with their families iwent there when i was small as well as i got older give it ten out of ten

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Thank Yvonne B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

The best day out of the year. It's a little expensive once you've paid for the ferry and the landing fee but worth it. Brownsea is a beautiful place with lots to explore and enjoy. It's also great if you love wildlife like me- the Dorset Wildlife Trust reserve is perhaps the best nature reserve I've ever been to. Then... More 

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

The boat trip across is jolly, the bird reserve is fascinating, the peacocks strutting and giving voice will make you smile.

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Poole
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

Brownsea island is a fantastic place to take young children,we took our granddaughter & she loved every minute we were there from the ferry from the quay,to the chicken's & Peacocks when we had our picnic magical

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

I love Brownsea Island, the views of Poole Harbour and port is outstanding. It's one of the few places you can see red squirrels in their natural habitat, the island protected under the National Trust, so you will have to pay to get in however it's worth it even just to see the red squirrels. Visit the tea rooms which... More 

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