We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Brownsea Island

#1 of 65 things to do in Poole Features Animals
Brownsea Castle Brownsea Island, Poole BH13 7EE, England
+44 1202 707744
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Return Jurassic Coast Cruise to Swanage from Poole
More Info
and up
Steam Train and Sea Cruise Adventure Including the Jurassic Coast from Poole
More Info
and up
Poole Harbour and Island Cruise from Poole
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
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.
  • Excellent73%
  • Very good21%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
Brownsea Castle Brownsea Island, Poole BH13 7EE, England
+44 1202 707744
Write a Review
Reviews (1,693)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

541 - 550 of 1,680 reviews

Reviewed 15 April 2016

love brownsea and we visit on a regular basis. it is lovely just to walk and to see red squirrels just love it

Thank eileentoby
Reviewed 11 April 2016

We just went for a short visit, but loved the views of the harbour. Will do the walk when we return on a warmer day!

Thank RPH1962
Reviewed 11 April 2016

Taking the ferry from Sandbanks to the Island made it feel special. No cars as there are no roads means it was safe to wander at will. Cake in the café was dried out, and the waitress straightened up the Victoria sponge with her bare...More

2  Thank spc1
Reviewed 11 April 2016

As ever a lovely relaxing walk around the island trying to spot the elusive red squirrels! Super addition of kids play area which is fantastic and allows kids to take a few risks rather than wrapping them in cotton wool!

Thank moneymatters2010
Reviewed 11 April 2016

Please remember they don't allow dogs on the island for obvious reasons. Go from sandbanks as parking is free on the roads

Thank Rob M
Reviewed 10 April 2016 via mobile

Overpriced. Good for a trip but when you need to pay for a ferry then there to get to the island is so expensive, that put off.

1  Thank Fghj H
Reviewed 8 April 2016 via mobile

My husband and i took our daughter (14yr old) over on a ferry we caught from poole harbour the price to get on the boat was over £10 each though which we thought was a bit pricey. Took about 15 mins to get over to...More

Thank Gemma K
Reviewed 7 April 2016 via mobile

Visited three times now. A great place to see red squirrels, they are usually about early as they prefer it when it is quieter. It is also a great place for birding with Avocets, Spoonbills, Spotted redshanks being quite regular visitors to the island. Only...More

Thank Lizzie S
Reviewed 6 April 2016 via mobile

So peaceful over on the Island, just love this place . Went from sandbanks this time but the ferry does close for lunch time. Lucky there's a Haven ferry cafe over the Rd with a great choice of eat in or takeaway food and drinks.

Thank bigwinger39
Reviewed 6 April 2016 via mobile

Beautiful island with plenty to do for all the family. Walking routes planned for various abilities including borrowing pushchair and wheelchair suitable for rough terrain. Tree climbing trails, stunning scenery and a fantastic little beach tucked away. Amazing place.

Thank Sarah B
Nearby Restaurants
Shell Bay Seafood Restaurant
716 reviews
.50 miles away
Rick Stein
1,469 reviews
.37 miles away
Le Cafe
63 reviews
.37 miles away
Haven Ferry Cafe and Takeaway
154 reviews
.11 miles away
Nearby Attractions
Shell Bay
181 reviews
.35 miles away
1,216 reviews
.43 miles away
Sandbanks Ferry
961 reviews
.19 miles away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
18 June 2017|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from Beverley H | Reviewed this property |
Contact National Trust for facilities, since the only hotel otherwise is through John Lewis, for employees/partners.
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,
24 May 2017|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from YorkshireBlue24 | Reviewed this property |
You can request one of the boats for wheelchairs.