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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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Poole BH13 7EE, England
+44 1202 707744

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Reviewed 4 days ago 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 1 week ago 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 1 week ago 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
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful feeling of getting a way from it all, the boat trip to get there helps with the feeling, no cars and wandering through the trees, stopping on the coast and looking across the hopefully blue sea to the countryside. If you get there early...More

Thank Beachboy42
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Situated in Poole Harbour Brownsea Island (90% National Trust owned) is well worth a visit. Access by boat from Sandbanks, the short crossing. However car parking at Sandbanks can be limited if you arrive later in the day especially in summer months. All parking in...More

Thank Nick H
Reviewed 8 November 2017

We went early took a picnic and spent a lovely day walking around the island. The National Trust Rangers are on hand to take those interested in particular walks around the island pointing out interesting information you would otherwise miss. So well worth taking in...More

Thank Jo H
Reviewed 7 November 2017

Beautiful Island with amazing views a slice of Paradise. Try to get here once a year. Fab walks with sea views.

Thank kirkie2015
Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

Such a good day out for a large group of us with adults, teenagers and young children. A wonderful day for everyone and so enjoyable exploring the island.

Thank mollym9500
Reviewed 7 November 2017

We had a lovely trip over on the ferry, and an enjoyable walk around spotting red squirrels and taking photos followed by cake and tea in the cafe. Day out I would recommend to anyone :)

Thank Jesca84
Reviewed 4 November 2017

I had never visited & was delighted to see such excellent views of red squirrels (think this is a good time of year to visit) in the Dorset Wildlife Trust area. We were mainly bird watching & the lagoon area is great for this -...More

Thank KathrynBW1994
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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