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Brownsea Island

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Poole BH13 7EE, England
+44 1202 707744
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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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  • Very good21%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
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Poole BH13 7EE, England
+44 1202 707744
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Reviewed 25 July 2016

I had an excellent day at Brownsea Island at the weekend, an absolutely beautiful natural harbour and a relaxed way to spend a day. The boat ride was a fantastic introduction to the island and on the way back you can to see some of...More

Thank NMilsted
Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

We spent hours exploring the island and beach. Really lovely place. Entrance fee average for a National Trust venue. Kids loved it. Cafe prices slightly overpriced but again in line with most NT cafes. Lots of places to picnic if you want to bring your...More

Thank E N
Reviewed 25 July 2016

As long standing NT members we have never managed to visit Brownsea Island before but definitely worth a visit. Pick a nice day and you can while away quite a few hours with the boat trip from Poole Harbour and a walk round the Island,...More

Thank marmotta
Reviewed 24 July 2016

My husband and I enjoyed a lovely few hours on the Isalnd last week. We caught the ferry from sandbanks which in itself is lovely as you get to see all the lovely coastline as you travel across the the Isalnd. We are national trust...More

Thank Paula S
Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

We visited this national trust attraction because we are members and get in free of charge. The cafe is a bit over priced but we used it. Plenty of nice walks in a safe environment, all abilities are catered for. Well worth a visit because...More

Thank degman
Reviewed 24 July 2016

On several occasions we have visited Poole and joined the boat trips to Brownsea Island , previously not being NT members we stayed on board. This year now being members we got off. First visit was the cafe, although overpriced, as all NT establishments very...More

Thank Lindsey1961
Reviewed 24 July 2016

The boats are always full, but the Island is so big you feel like you are the only ones on it, many tracks to wander off to, the cafe is o.kish, about 5 staff all young, chatting about the next X.factor and Pokemon stuff, very...More

Thank Jo A
Reviewed 24 July 2016

First off, if you want free parking in the road near the Sandbanks ferry, get there well before the first 10 am sailing. Secondly, if you are crossing from Poole harbour check the time of the last boat back that does the islands tour (not...More

1  Thank SimonCurtis2014
Reviewed 24 July 2016

This visit warrants a boat trip from pole which takes about half an hour. Wandering round the well kept routes takes two hours to go around the island completely. There are some fantastic viewing points and if you are lucky enough you may see the...More

Thank Sharon H
Reviewed 21 July 2016

Plenty of woodland and pathways etc with some nice views but unless you are into that then I would say don't bother. We kept being told to look out for the red squirrels but we didn't see any at all !

Thank Steve G
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Daniel H
9 October 2017|
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
Bella C
25 May 2017|
Response from Nikkiandfamily | Reviewed this property |
No, dogs are definately not permitted We have two dogs and found out they are not allowed on or off the lead,