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Brownsea Island

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Address: Brownsea Island, Poole BH13 7EE, England
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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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Peace and quite

Beautiful place to visit an a great day out. With trip across Poole Harbour and then lovely walks . Lovely place to spend a day with a picnic watching the red squirrels peacocks... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Poole, United Kingdom
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Poole, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Beautiful place to visit an a great day out. With trip across Poole Harbour and then lovely walks . Lovely place to spend a day with a picnic watching the red squirrels peacocks and deer. Great place for children to be children, don't take their iPads let them have an explore

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Morpeth
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Well worth the trip but make the effort to wander round the island and stop to absorb the atmosphere

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Poole, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Fantastic to be able to walk around the island and see the wildlife - red squirrels, peacocks and deer. A great place for children to run around - nice trip over on the ferry as long as it is not too choppy!!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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 3 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 4 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 4 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 14 December 2016

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 9 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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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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