Brownsea Island

Brownsea Island, Poole: Hours, Address, Brownsea Island Reviews: 4.5/5

Brownsea Island
4.5
Islands • Nature & Wildlife Areas
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Helen V
16 contributions
Beautiful Peaceful island with friendly animals
Jun 2021
A lovely beautiful peaceful island. Enjoyed the ferry over. The views are beautiful especially of the beach through the trees. There were lovely rhododendrons growing wild when we went (June). We had hoped to see red squirrels but they were evasive, however we saw some very friendly chickens and a female pheasant who were much tamer than normal and lots of beautiful. peacocks who seem to have no fear and want to share your snacks. Great that the National trust is looking after the wild life. Something that I don't think people who complain about the prices understand.
Written June 16, 2021
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Steph H
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A WARNING ......CASH ONLY .......
Jun 2021
So after pre-booking on the NT site / partner site we as duly were advised turned up to Poole Quay 15 minutes before the boat we had reserved spaced on departed. We joined the queue with the NT flag as I assumed we would pay the boat crew for the crossing. Only then to be told that to buy a ticket for the boat we had to get in another queue at the boat kiosk after 5 minutes in this queue we got to the front where we were told that we needed the fare for the boat in cash (it was approx £25 not exactly loose change)....as it was "company policy" and it was on the website so basically our fault.
If it was our "fault" we were not the only ones the majority of other passengers were now all running to the nearest cash point....5 minutes away ....so after a run / queue inside for cash and run back the boat had departed....and all other boats that day were "reserved" so no space for us (though our boat left with over half missing passengers) so we have no idea what Brownsea Island is like, however I do know that we had a distraught small child who wanted to see the squirrels, no help from anyone at the quay as the single boat company who were allowed to operate said it was NT policy for cash. (though every other operator along the quay had card machines) I can't understand why when you reserve your seats for the boat you pay at the same time.....
So this is a warning really for anyone wanting to go to the Island....even though every other NT property we have visited and their own website promote card use and request cards, and with COVID this is not and if you don't remember / pick up n the fact that deep within the copy about the ferry there is a single throwaway line regarding cash you will miss the boat and with limited capacity there is no other alternative. I can see a lot of very unhappy families and groups as the season rolls forward As a NT member we were absolutely ready to pay for the trip but in 2021 were not expecting cash to be the only option, also the team on the pier were no help or support and didn't offer any alternative all in all really annoying and frustrating - luckily we got into Kingston Lacey which was absolutely fabulous. But we will not be back to Brownsea as its just not worth the hassle
Written June 15, 2021
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Emma G
Bromsgrove, UK211 contributions
Amazing sights and history
Oct 2020
You should 100% go to this island.
It is full of so many incredible sights, the deers, the birds, wildlife, the nature in general. There are plenty of information point alls around the island too so very informative as well as a visitor centre full of big boards containing information about the island.
I went during October and the employees had made some great Halloween decorations in the different areas and it was absolutely great for the children.
I went when it was quite rainy and it was still enjoyable but there are not many spaces to get out of the rain so definitely take a good waterproof with you.
Written June 7, 2021
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Waddler
York, UK9,395 contributions
Wonderful
May 2021
Fun for all the family - the kids were entertained by the various National Trust trails, and also by the colourful peacocks and the red squirrels (we saw 4 or 5).

We also caught a glimpse of a deer.

It was a lovely day and the island has a magical air (especially in its quieter, coastal areas).

The south coast beach is not there at high tide, and whilst it has a little sand its fairly rocky and shell filled.

Had a picnic back in the church fields (with aggressive chickens for company!) and grabbed an ice cream from the cafe.

Lovely day.
Written June 6, 2021
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Kevin Brown K
Exeter, UK2 contributions
Simply stunning
Jun 2021
We visited on a bank holiday Monday and despite hot weather and lots of people around Poole, we had the Brownsea South Beach to ourselves. We will be back!
Written June 4, 2021
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williamskdn
Pontypridd, UK722 contributions
Great island
Apr 2021 • Couples
This is a great island and a great place to visit and relax and have picnic. The squirrels are great to see. The staff are friendly and helpful. Well worth a visit.
Written May 15, 2021
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Woodster
Poole, UK16 contributions
Beautiful for photos and tranquility
Aug 2020
A few hidden gems on the island, it's so tranquil too. The little church is gorgeous and the red squirrels in the glade behind the church are amazing for photo's. Take some monkey nuts for them.
Written April 26, 2021
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thara r
Epsom, UK217 contributions
A rare day out
Jan 2021 • Family
I loved seeing the red squirrels. Take a picnic or see if you can buy some nice food there from the cafe. There is a very good coffee shop as well as a sweet shop too. Make sure to take a camera so you can even take a few decent photos. The trails are good for kiddos of all abilities and ages. You can also bring a pack of cards or some books to read in the coffee shop. Part of the island is actually a nature reserve.
In cold weather please do dress warmly. Wear a warm cosy hat, gloves, coat etc.
Written March 30, 2021
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Kings and Queens London
London, UK685 contributions
Love this island
Oct 2020 • Couples
We booked a return ferry trip through national trust (17.50 each) for non members(5.00 cheaper if you are a member). because of covid you are given 3and half hour time slots.its gives you plenty of time to see a lot of the island.We were lucky with the weather chilly but dry.We saw two deer, three red squirrels, heard some wild pig in the forest and saw lots of birds.To the left of the island has a lovely walk by the beach.We have been to this island at least four times at different times of the year. It was nice to see the autumn colours , even saw some red mushrooms
Written October 28, 2020
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Woky11
Windsor, UK21 contributions
Delightful
Oct 2020 • Family
Wonderful trip, the island is peaceful and tranquil. We saw red squirrels, peacocks and a deer. Children loved running around and paddling in the sea. Gorgeous place
Written October 27, 2020
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