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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 5 days 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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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

Thank kirkie2015
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

With free entry to members of The National Trust Brownsea Island is a true gem. The ferry crossing has its own benefits and the Island itself offers a fabulous day out. There is a nice cafe, comfort amenities, a shop and of course a wildlife...More

Thank val r
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Brownsea is the historic origin for the worldwide Scout movement and it is easy to see why Lord Baden-Powell chose it. There is a scout centre with a welcome for visitors as well as scouts and guides. The island is home to a colony of...More

Thank BuckinghamshirePaddy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A lovely place to spend part or all of a day. We joined a guided walk with one of the National Trust volunteers who pointed out various items of interest - and we saw red squirrels! There is a landing fee on the island for...More

Thank Winner2
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took our friends onto Brownsea Island. It was so peaceful. Saw Red Sqirrels which was special. We all enjoyed our time walking around and particularly liked visiting the quaint church. Tea and scones completed our day. Time to catch the boat back to Poole Quay...More

Thank CambridgeshirePetcar
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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