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Brownsea Island

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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...more
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Poole BH13 7EE, England
+44 1202 707744
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Reviewed yesterday

Brownsea Island is always worth a visit. Red squirrels and deer are in abundance this month. Lovely place to go, either for the day or longer if you are able.

Thank Caz B
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I really enjoyed brownsea island. There was some lovely walking, plenty of history to find out about its past and great sea views! Would visit again but not for a while as the ferry fares are a bit on the steep side. It would be...More

Thank Claire B
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I wish we’d visited here before. The island is so much larger and varied than expected. Lots of other visitors on the boat over but hardly saw anyone else when we walked round the island. Great refreshments in the Villano cafe. Saw red squirrels, peacocks...More

Thank JAC-B-321
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Enjoyed wandering around and finally seeing a red squirrel. A bit expensive with the ferry fare and National Trust admission fee. Australian visitors who are staying for any length of time should join the National Trust before leaving as you will save "heaps" on free...More

Thank helloAdelaide
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Really enjoyed my visit here. It’s a nice boat trip to get there. The facilities are good and the cafe nice. Great place to walk around and explore. Super for wildlife and especially those little red squirrels.

Thank saundersmb
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Beautiful island. Perfect day out. Thanks to the National Trust for conserving the beautiful landscape.

Thank Jan_Ke_UK
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Really enjoyed the boat trip and our family time spent on brown sea island, we took a lovely picnic, beautiful scenery, lovely tame animals, nice cafe. All round, a lovely day out.

Thank Samantha S
Reviewed 3 days ago

An expensive visit by the time you have paid the ferry fair and the National trust fees, but a lovely island to visit and see the red squirrels and explore, you can visit the site of the first trial scout camp. There is lots of...More

Thank Paul B
Reviewed 3 days ago

Nice place, worth a visit, saw loads of red squirrels, we walked pretty much the whole island, take something to eat as the cafe does get busy.

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Thank k_j_griggs
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Lovely boat ride across. It was lovely to see so many red squirrels running about. Lovely walk right around the island. I have a big love of trees so was great to see so many lovely English trees.

Thank Joy R
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Geoff H
13 August 2018|
Response from Brownsea_Island_NT | Property representative |
Hi there. There is a National Trust car park at Shell Bay on Studland if you are an NT Member, it is free to park there. Alternatively, there are pay and display car parks at Sandbanks and at Poole which are a 5 or 10... More
13 August 2018|
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Response from David K | Reviewed this property |
Yes , I`m sure.. Benches all over the island ..
Kelly B
26 July 2018|
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Response from Brownsea_Island_NT | Property representative |
Hi there. Unfortunately there are no public cars allowed on the island and no facility to get them over here. The public car ferry operates between Shell bay on Studland and Sandbanks.