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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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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Great day or half day trip. Boat trip there and back. charged at Poolr harbour. Brownsea Island is national trust. Good cafe, lovely walks and a small bugguly available for those unable to walk, this has to be booked at reception, check availability. Lots of...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

What a fabulous location for the John Lewis partnership hotel. Fantastic service, food and ambiance. All the team make your stay an absolute pleasure. Can't wait to return

Thank Mike R
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Get away from the mainland by ferry from Poole Harbour to Brownsea Island. The magic of a boat trip combined with the pleasure of such a special place as Brownsea is wonderful. Other than the national trust shop and café the only way to pass...More

Thank David T
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Reviewed yesterday

Typical National Trust property, no warning of the cost to the island at Poole. Ferry fare plus admissin to the island £23 ouch. When landing on the island accosted three times by NT volunteers trying to enroll us as members, more expense. Coffee £3 a...More

Thank Mike F
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Reviewed yesterday

Great for walking, areas for kids to explore with trees specifically designated for climbing, and the chance to see wildlife, squirrels, deer, peacocks. Open air Shakespeare in the summer has its own designated ferries and the journey home under a star filled sky is perfect.

Thank Maria B
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Reviewed 2 days ago

There is something special about crossing the water to an Island, leaving the mainland for new discoveries. Brownsea feels a world away and although there are many visitors crossing on the ferry you can quickly find yourself alone on a pottery beach or heart felt...More

Thank mindfulherts
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Had been looking forward to visiting Brownsea Island and it really exceeded my expectations. We quickly lost the crowds from the ferry and in the main felt like we had the place pretty much to ourselves. The beaches are characterful, the views sublime. Excellent play...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We had a wonderful visit today even with a rainy start to the day. The children had the best time playing on the beach area. A huge thank you to Tony, a National Trust warden who took the time to tell us all about the...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A really nice day out for the entire family. We were 3 generations of family, ranging in age from 8-65 and we all enjoyed ourselves. There was lots to see and really nice views all around. Spotting the deers and red squirrels was a highlight...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

We took our 5 year old Grandson here for a day out just before he started school. Told him it was a pirates island and so along with a picnic and a pirates treasure map, made by myself, off we set. Our Grandson thought it...More

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jamesreactive
13 August 2018|
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Response from David K | Reviewed this property |
Yes , I`m sure.. Benches all over the island ..
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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.
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