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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Poole BH13 7EE, England
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We parked the car in poole and you need at the least a 5 hour stay. We walked down to the harbor to pick up the boat for Brownsea. A great boat trip and not too expensive. You get to see a lot of the...More

Thank minx59
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Great day spent wandering the island. A little quite haven in the middle of he harbour, with plenty of short or long walk options. And a lovely cafe to relax with a coffee in while you wait for the return ferry.

Thank Yvonne F
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Reviewed 2 days ago

this is only 20 minutes away from Poole by boat , well worth a visit , plenty of walking to do , keep to the tracks that are around the island , you might even see red squirrels , peacocks .

Thank peter c
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Went over on the ferry on a very hot day. Ferry was £20. Please remember you have to also pay admission to the island. I believe this was £7 odd each for an adult. It is worth considering joining the National Trust on the island....More

Thank Gossipmonkey
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Reviewed 3 days ago

rather expensive for both ferry and admission. Went with a group of friends for picnic. Saw the peacocks, deer, red squirrels, rabbit and lots of birds. One lady in the visitor's center was very friendly and polite...rest a bit snobbish. The views from the island...More

Thank BlueFalconRidge
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Although entry was free on the Island as we are National Trust members it cost £11.50 each for the return trip on the ferry. It was a good trip out there, however I had a lot of trouble hearing what was being said on the...More

Thank juliaelizabethann
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Great to get a small child outside and point out different aspects of nature. He really enjoyed it, particularly when he was the one who spotted a dear! There was enough access/help if we needed it. Areas were safe and it was easy to get...More

Thank dillydyas
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I consider that this was a day when dad got what he wanted rather than the kids. It was a day of exploring and walking. It was fab. We walked interesting trails with stunning views through woods. On cliffs. Beaches. Nature preserves, etc. We saw...More

Thank kesterflora
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Reviewed 5 days ago

I love Brownsea Island and have visited many times. It is a great day out for everyone - young and old - and once there, you really feel like you have escaped the hustle and bustle of town life. If you walk to the other...More

Thank IntrepidJo
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Reviewed 5 days ago

A good place to visit in good weather as the sea can be rough at times. A peaceful and relaxing walk looking for the elusive Red Squirrels. Interesting shoreline and some good views.

Thank Kevin R
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HelenInML
21 June 2018|
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Response from Richardkatie | Reviewed this property |
We found behind the church is the best place to see them although this time we only saw one. However the last time we we went we saw around 10.
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malcolm l
10 May 2018|
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Response from Brownsea_Island_NT | Property representative |
Yes, we have an electric golf buggy which is run by volunteers and run on an hourly basis from 11 - 3pm usually.
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smarsh67
13 March 2018|
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Response from BuckinghamshirePaddy | Reviewed this property |
I’m sorry, I don’t know. I didn’t notice any dogs on the ferry at the time of our visit. Best regards
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