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Review of Brownsea Island

Brownsea Island
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Owner description: 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.
Ringwood, United Kingdom
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“paradise island”
Reviewed 29 February 2012

Have visited this island many times and always enjoyed it.IT is best to go on a calm day though as the ferry from poole key can get a bit choppy if it is windy. brownsea is one of the few places left where you can still see the BROWN SQUIRELL so keep a look out 'there are lovley views from the island looking one way across to the Purbecks the other Sandbanks Peninsular and poole harbour. There is a small cafe come restaurant on the island so you do not have to lug food with u .would advise wear good walking shoes as u can walk nearly all round the island if desirerd. There is a spot on the island with a plaque where the Scout movment wasfounded worth a look. ENJOY SPEEDIAN.........

Visited August 2011
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North Somerset
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“A lovely day out!”
Reviewed 27 February 2012

We took the very quick ferry trip from Sandbanks (ferry from Poole Harbour during summer months as well), to this lovely island. Very reasonably priced (you only pay for the ferry not admittance to the Island if you're a member of the National Trust). Beautiful walks around the Island, all marked on maps with times and distances. The Island is home to the Red Squirrel and we spotted several during our visit. Lots of open spaces ideal for families and picnics but there's also a lovely cafe with seating inside and out - with spectacular views. Watch out for the very cheeky Peacocks which will try to pinch food off your table! Ferries run every half hour so it's quite flexible too.

Visited February 2012
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32 reviews
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“Lovely place to visit”
Reviewed 23 February 2012

It was great to see the red squirels running around & to see the place where the first scout camp took place. Not so great is the cost of the ferry to get you there - on a cost per mile basis, probably more expensive than Concorde.

Visited October 2011
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Poole, England, United Kingdom
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“Not particularly exciting unless want a traffic-free experience”
Reviewed 23 February 2012

Nice boat ride, but very little to do on the island apart from bird-watching (impossible if you have children with you). Red squirrels are elusive. Beaches aren't that great. Cafe is a bit pricey. Altogether a bit over-rated.

Visited September 2011
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“Great trip”
Reviewed 20 February 2012

Nice for something different to do. Ferry over to the island every half hour. You can spend hours walking round the island. If the sun is shing it is beautiful looking out through the trees across blue sea. If it rains there is a visitors centre and nice little cafe to shelter in. Costs about £12 split between ferry & entry.

Visited February 2012
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