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Brownsea Island

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Poole BH13 7EE, England
+44 1202 707744
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Poole Harbour and Island Cruise from Poole
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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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  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Poole BH13 7EE, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a lovely place to go, especially if you can get the day off work on a sunny day when the island hasn't got too many people on it. There's so much nature, history and freshness. Coming back would certianly be most enjoyable!

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Reviewed 2 days ago

We went for a day trip to Brownsea Island. Unfortunately we didn't see any Red Squirrels as we hoped for. It's a very peaceful place and we walked most of the length of the island. The cafe was very good and the views outside were...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

A unique island in what is “claimed” to be the world’s second largest natural harbour. I would recommend joining the regular guided walk around the part of the island nearest the boat dock, then heading off on your own on this rather large island –...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

On a sunny day (and we got lucky) this makes for a lovely day out with the ferry trip making it a little bit special. The island has a quirky history with a random list of private owners and a failed pottery, industrial daffodil growing,...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

OK so the setting is stunning, beautiful views across the harbour. But as a local girl I felt let down by the cafe. Sunday lunch time they had run out of most things. We managed the cobble together some sandwiches (poor selection) and left over...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Went there for a birthday celebration as we have visited Brownsea Island before but some years ago and it has changed for the better a day isn't long enough.

1  Thank Jean C
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A little disappointing. You can't go into the castle as it is owned by John Lewis as a retreat for it's employees. Predominantly woodland. Quite an expensive visit. The boat across is £7.00 plus per person. There is then a fee to access the island...More

Thank Lesley B
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have wanted to visit Brownsea Island for as long as I can remember. We parked at Sandbanks (pricey), got the ferry after a 10 minute walk (note it was not well sign posted) and fortunately had enough cash for a return journey as they...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A visit to Brownsea Island is a must, a National Trust site well worth a visit. The gardens are amazing and great fun for children.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a wonderful place! We arrived by the little ferry and spent 3 hours exploring - it wasn't long enough. The views are absolutely stunning. Only downside £4 for 2 teabags and a pot of water!

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malcolm l
May 10, 2018|
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Response from Brownsea_Island_NT | Property representative |
Yes, we have an electric golf buggy which is run by volunteers and run on an hourly basis from 11 - 3pm usually.
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smarsh67
March 13, 2018|
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Response from ldimage1 | Reviewed this property |
No dogs allowed. You could consider Studland, great beach, parking, NT cafe etc and a favourite for Dog walkers. Either take the chain link ferry from Sandbanks, or drive the longer route via Corfe Castle.
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Ionela B
February 6, 2018|
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Response from Steve E | Reviewed this property |
Google national trust - Brownsea, prices page is there. You will also need ferry prices - the link is: brownseaislandferries (all one word) - check opening days though.
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