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Brownsea Island

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Brownsea Castle Brownsea Island, Poole BH13 7EE, England
+44 1202 707744
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Former private island complete with castle built by Henry VIII is now a wildlife sanctuary containing one of the last red squirrel colonies in Britain.
  • Excellent73%
  • Very good21%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Brownsea Castle Brownsea Island, Poole BH13 7EE, England
+44 1202 707744
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I had a short time at Brown's each Island as it was a last minute decision. Staff on entry were friendly and helpful. Short walks and bird watching hides. May even see a red squirrel. There is a small payment unless you have a national...More

Thank Caroline B
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Absolutely lovely place but no animals today. Visit late September for red squirrels. The trails are well looked after, call into the church. The ferry ride over is lovely

Thank Eccentric18
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I love Brownsea Island, a place of pure natural unspoilt beauty! Visit the peacocks and the beautiful gardens!

Thank Stuart C
Reviewed 4 days ago

very tranquil and relaxing place but only accessible by boat. Take the ferry to the island and there is a castle - no cars allowed just foot passengers and you can browse around. Fun day out for all the family.

Thank DorsetAngel12
Reviewed 5 days ago

You'll need to grab a Brownsea Island ferry to get to the island from Sandbanks or Poole Harbour that will incur a further charge, but the island is worth it. Nature reserves and historical landmarks, picnic spots and nature trails. A great day out for...More

Thank Alex B
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Caught the ferry across from sandbanks (it's slightly cheaper and quicker than poole). The island is great for exploring with the children, lots of fallen down trees to climb and a fantastic wooden play area which kept us all entertained for a hour. As a...More

Thank Claire J
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We absolutely loved our day here. Family of 4 with a 1 year old and 3 year old. You should go on a good weather day and see it at its best-although I bet it's great all year round! This place is all about the...More

2  Thank Loricase
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have visited brownsea before but this time we took our 4 year old grandson. He loved it !! We love the fact that is safe for children to run around safely and we always love looking for red squirrels. The only problem is the...More

1  Thank Lovelylady2015
Reviewed 1 week ago

We travelled over in the morning and spent the whole day walking around the island. From July-Sept, you can pay a suggested donation of £2 and receive a pretty keepsake pencil and booklet with activities to do around the island, all with a Disney theme...More

Thank alfie4321
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We camped on the Island for about a week doing scout training with an international organization. During our stay we walked most of the trails and saw the majority of the island. Don't miss sights include: the lily pond with hearts in the trees, the...More

Thank Jeff C
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June 18, 2017|
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Response from Carol H | Reviewed this property |
The only hotel on the Island exclusively for employees and retired employees of the John Lewis Partnership
Bella C
May 25, 2017|
Response from Nikkiandfamily | Reviewed this property |
No, dogs are definately not permitted We have two dogs and found out they are not allowed on or off the lead,
May 24, 2017|
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Response from YorkshireBlue24 | Reviewed this property |
You can request one of the boats for wheelchairs.