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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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Excellent trip

Well worth the trip. We walked around the Island. Beware of the peacocks as they are very determined to get your food

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Well worth the trip. We walked around the Island. Beware of the peacocks as they are very determined to get your food

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited over the Half Term and despite it being a cold Sunday we had a great day. We caught the friendly boat servive from Sandbanks which cost £18 and took around 20mins. As National Trust members it was free once on the island. The island is a really nice walk with some scouting history to boot.... The NT staff were... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A perfect little idyll. I'd thoroughly recommend a visit - get the boat over from the harbour and spend a happy afternoon exploring our British beauty.

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Wells, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The day starts with the ferry trip to the island either from Poole Harbour or Sandbanks. This is operated by an independent company and is nothing to do with the National Trust who are guardians of the island. Therefore there is a charge for the ferry to both National Trust members and non members. The island provides an excellent day... More 

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Poole, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Lovely to walk around the island , spot the red squirrels . Feed peacocks and picnic, visit the coffee shop for a cuppa.

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Poole, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Catch a boat from either Poole Quay or Sandbanks. Plenty to do on the island, particularly if the weather is nice. Outdoor activities like various trails for the children as well as an abundance of wildlife, including the famous red squirrels. The boat trip is also interesting, including commentary on the various islands in the harbour.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A cold February day is probably not the best time to visit Brownsea, but it is so tranquil and crisp, that if you are happy to wrap up warm, it is very beautiful and with only a handful of other visitors, you could be forgiven for thinking you were alone on the island. We caught the 12.20 Ferry from Poole... More 

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Poole, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

loads of pea cocks pheasants dear and of course squirells. tea and coffee is a must and the wardens are very chatty to

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Poole, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lived in Poole for 26 years and never had the time or chance to visit Brownsea Island. Well if I had known I would have been every month what a great place to walk and learn some great history. Loved every step, never saw a red squirrel so we will be back with nuts, oh and the kids.🏕

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Poole, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A short ferry ride to Brownsea Island, home of National Trust, Dorset Wildlife Trust & John Lewis Partnership. This is the First place Baden Powell had his Scout Camp Peacocks greet you on arrival, a delightful Church awaits. A haven for Waders, birds of many 100s Red Squirrells survive & thrive here Great for all ages, not best for wheel... More 

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