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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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Poole BH13 7EE, England
Poole BH13 7EE, England
+44 1202 707744

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I live close by to this island and regularly kayak over to it, the home of scouting is a must see attraction if your in the area. Quiet and peacefull, lovely scenery and wild life. If you don't visit you will miss out

Thank paul p
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As a NT member, we gave this a go on a recent holiday to Poole. Stunning scenery, good walks with variations for families or couples - get your walking boots on and enjoy the whole island!

1  Thank JDev89
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As a local girl I would always recommend visitors to pop over to Brownsea on a nice day! The ferry ride is short and once you’re on the island there’s plenty to explore and a nice cafe for afternoon tea! Great place to explore as...More

1  Thank Jess F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I wouldn’t go here on a wet and windy day. Better in the summer and you can take your own picnic with you.

1  Thank surfer_downunder
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Incredible sanctuary in the middle of the world’s largest natural harbour. Origin of the Scout Movement and home to many squirrels! They also host an annual outdoor Shakespeare theatre with picnicking on the lawns. Catch a boat from Poole Quay.

Thank Ang3R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of the many islands which make up Poole Harbour, Brownsea is one of its treasures. A short ferry ride from Poole Quay to a little bit of idyllic Dorset coast. Great walks and nice cafe. Peacocks and red squirrels a plenty. Check out the...More

Thank 6WJL6
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A very interesting walk round the island, maybe see a red squirrel and if you go out early in the morning you see lots of deer who travel from island to island.

Thank Anthony G
Reviewed 10 December 2017 via mobile

A 20min crossing on a still, cold and sunny morning. We were met by a guide with maps who offered a group walk. We went by ourselves to visit the hides where there are knowledgable volunteers pointing out various seabirds in the lagoon. 2hrs later...More

Thank pottrekkers
Reviewed 6 December 2017 via mobile

Ferry and entry fee for Natural Trust a bit of a surprise, very popular but if prepared to walk far enough can get away from crowds. If patient and prepared to stay still can see “famous” Red Squirrels in Woods. Nice on a warm day,...More

Thank rachgilbert
Reviewed 6 December 2017 via mobile

I have wanted to visit Brownsea since we moved to Dorset fourteen years ago! We finally got here - the ferry crossing was good fun. The captain was very informative and amusing, telling us about the millionaires’ homes and the wildlife - and it is...More

Thank Patricia G
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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.
Daniel H
9 October 2017|
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Response from kirstyd5 | Reviewed this property |
Don’t steal a squirrel they get really angry about that A rock A Conker A acorn
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