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Brownsea Island Ferries

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Address: Poole Quay, Poole BH15 1HE, England
Phone Number: 01929 462383
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I love boats!

Visited September 2014 I love the water and I love boats. This will be a fairly biased review because they could have put me in a row boat and I’d have been happy. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
Malcolm H
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
22 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

Visited September 2014 I love the water and I love boats. This will be a fairly biased review because they could have put me in a row boat and I’d have been happy. The trip from Poole Harbour to Brownsea Island takes about 20 minutes and, in the good weather we got, was uneventful. The boat is nice and clean... More 

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Poole, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Brownsea 'Squirrel' ferry does a tour round the Poole harbour stopping at Brownsea Island where you can disembark should you wish. Great place to spend a quiet day. If lucky you will see some seals in the more remote parts of the harbour. Snacks and drinks available on the boat.

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Poole.Dorset
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

ferry over to Brownsea Island where you can wonder and picnic good day out and on way back you may come around the back and see the other islands in the harbour

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Poole, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Travelled from both Poole Quay and Sandbanks on what can only be described as average ferries. The Sandbanks one sometimes crosses thro' rougher waters due to other traffic and if you sit at the back you might get a little wet! JS

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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66 reviews 66 reviews
16 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

The ferry took us to Brownsea for a 2 hour landing and then we had a cruise around the harbour to see the wintering birds. The staff were excellent, friendly and you could buy tea/ coffee and a few snacks on board at a reasonable cost. There are also toilet facilities on board.

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Wokiing, Surrey
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4 attraction reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

No choice but to use this company when we visit Brownsea Island regularly every year. Last time - whilst queing up for our tickets - some of the ferry crew were talking to the ticket vendors (they appeared to be family) and were getting their toddler son to swear and use racially offensive words whilst they just laughed and held... More 

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UK
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

you have to fold up any pushchairs which is fine and understandable, however the crew do not help you board in any way. I had to juggle two children and carry the pushchair onboard, the gap between the boat and jetty was at least a foot wide, the young male crew member just ignored me as i almost lost my... More 

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Trowbridge, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Regular sailings to Brownsea, with around the harbour tour on the return trip with commentary, but as the person giving the commentary had a strong accent it was difficult to understand above the noise of the engines in the boat.

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Kent
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40 reviews 40 reviews
12 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

As others have said, there are charges to actually get off this boat and walk around Brownsea Island, in addition to the boat crossing itself. This isn't actually the boat owner's fault though, the island being owned by the National Trust. It's a difficult call. For a family, it could work out very expensive, I agree. However, we knew beforehand,... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Nice short trip to Brownsea Island, which our girls loved- especially sitting up on the top by the rail. Lovely views and travelling passed some interesting and very expensive houses!!! However it wasn't cheap for a family- and we went from Sandbanks which is cheaper than from Poole- where the nearest car park (that is longer than an hour stay)... More 

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