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“Fab walk away from it all”
Review of Brownsea Island

Brownsea Island
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$13.48*
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Poole Harbour and Island Cruise from Poole
Ranked #1 of 67 things to do in Poole
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed December 27, 2012

Peaceful and relaxing, with lots to look oout for (red squirrels/peacocks etc)
Fabulous cafe for lunch or coffee and cake.

1  Thank Tom O
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Reviewed December 21, 2012

We just love Brownsea Island at any time but particularly in October when the red squirrels come down from the trees to gather their winter food. The island is owned by the National Trust and so much of its character has been maintained. As well as red squirrel are many other species including deer and many birds. There is also a visitor centre for the Scout movement on the same spot where Robert Baden-Powell established the very first Scout camp. The ferries also give a tour of Poole Harbour with excellent descriptions of the islands in the harbor. A well appointed cafe provides good snacks and drinks and there is the obligatory National Trust Shop to buy souvenirs. Bird watchers can also use the hide which looks out onto the harbour where many species make their home

1  Thank Trevor P
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Reviewed December 5, 2012

Catch the boat in Poole Harbour over to Brownsea Island it takes about 10 mins. The Island itself has some lovely walks where you will see the Red Squirrels in abundance. One of the only locations in the UK where they are in abundance. Brownsea is a great place to spend a few hours away from the hustle and bussle of life. Lord Robert Baden-Powell started the Scout camps here in the early 1900s. As you leave Brownsea you can look across the water to Sandbanks where the houses facing the sea cost several million pounds each and belong to the rich and famous.

3  Thank Keith J
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Reviewed November 19, 2012

Good place to get away from it all, a variety lovely walks and views.
The return boat trip was also interesting going around the islands learning some of their history

Thank John P
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Reviewed November 15, 2012

Brownsea is one of my favourite places to visit in Poole, the boat ride takes you away from the town life and sets you on a beautiful island where the hum drum of daily life soon drifts away.
Peacocks roam around, we had one just stroll past us on the beach!
Even when its busy you can have a peaceful experience as it is quite big and some of the walks are a bit further so don't encourage some people!
The views of the surrounding areas are outstanding, a photographers dream.
Managed to see a red squirrel this time, (I believe you can guarantee a sighting by going on a feeding time walk but much nicer to just spot one naturally!), very cute.
A perfect day out

Thank worldwakeup
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