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Brownsea Island

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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...more
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Poole BH13 7EE, England
+44 1202 707744
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I've wanted to see these little creatures for many years. A beautiful island approached by a small ferry. We have a disabled friend who uses a wheelchair but this was no problem on the ferry although he can walk a little bit which was needed...More

Thank LandSd
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place, when here for the Fungi Foray tour! Will highly recommend it, even just for a day trip this place is amazing.

Thank Tonje N
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A lovely trip by ferry across Poole Harbour to reach Brownsea Island. With my NT membership I didn't have to pay to access. Then time to stroll around the island stopping at the Baden Powell stone commemorating the scouting and scout camps. Then walking through...More

Thank SaraK1555
Reviewed 1 week ago

Brownsea is a delightful plase to visit both as a couple and as a family. It has many interesting views and places to go.

Thank Pat R
Reviewed 1 week ago

The whole of Brownsea Island is a Nature Reserve and it is like stepping back in time to a far distant childhood. You will be in one of the most spectacular nature reserves in Britain with a varied range of habitats and wildlife. The large...More

Thank Ashsaw
Reviewed 1 week ago

A really great day out. We went over on the first ferry and came back on the second to last one. Could have stayed longer but we were all a bit cold as it was a chilly day. We were very lucky to see quite...More

Thank windy1587
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited on a beautiful Autumn day so probably saw the island at its best. Beautiful walks right round the island. The trees were an amazing assortment and beautiful colours. We saw red squirrels and Sika deer. Really peaceful and well worth a visit.

Thank Jollypop14
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Access to the Island is by ferry which is not part of the entrance fee. The Island is run by the National Trust and if not a member there is a small fee of approx £7 per person. We had perfect weather when travelling across...More

Thank Al-Shumba
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This island was probably the most stunning island to visit . From Red Squirrels to stunning scenery I was just mesmerised by the trees ,church .We just walked for miles and miles

Thank Jean G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our fourth time visiting the island as a family (two of my sons were lucky enough to camp on the island with their scout group when they were younger) and we managed to find a part of the island we hadn't seen before....More

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Geoff H
13 August 2018|
Response from Brownsea_Island_NT | Property representative |
Hi there. There is a National Trust car park at Shell Bay on Studland if you are an NT Member, it is free to park there. Alternatively, there are pay and display car parks at Sandbanks and at Poole which are a 5 or 10... More
13 August 2018|
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Response from David K | Reviewed this property |
Yes , I`m sure.. Benches all over the island ..
Kelly B
26 July 2018|
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Response from Brownsea_Island_NT | Property representative |
Hi there. Unfortunately there are no public cars allowed on the island and no facility to get them over here. The public car ferry operates between Shell bay on Studland and Sandbanks.