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I have been to Brownsea many time,first with my parents and then taking my children.
It is really a great place to make memories,you take the ferry boat over to the Island in itselfis an adventure,over to the Island to first see Brownsea house it look like a castle.
Down a short path and it opens out to a massive open area with peacock roaming free
Wow!! You can walk around the whole Island have picnics the kids can run free.....
I don’t want to spoil it so go see for your self...... enjoy..

Thank couragejohn7
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I've wanted to see these little creatures for many years. A beautiful island approached by a small ferry. We have a disabled friend who uses a wheelchair but this was no problem on the ferry although he can walk a little bit which was needed to get on. We started to walk uphill from the entrance but it was hard work with the wheelchair. We went back down and the NT provide a great service for the disabled where they lay on a golf buggy with driver who drove us around the whole island. This was sppreciated so much. We saw deer, several red squirrels, chickens and peacocks. He told us about the island and stopped whenever there was something to see whether it was wildlife or views. We loved this place and felt that one day wasn't enough. We want to go back when we are next in that neck of the woods. Thank you National Trust for looking after us so well.

Thank LandSd
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place, when here for the Fungi Foray tour! Will highly recommend it, even just for a day trip this place is amazing.

Thank Tonje N
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A lovely trip by ferry across Poole Harbour to reach Brownsea Island. With my NT membership I didn't have to pay to access. Then time to stroll around the island stopping at the Baden Powell stone commemorating the scouting and scout camps. Then walking through the woods to watch the red squirrels at play a real peaceful retreat from the pressures of life. I call this my timeout place.

Thank SaraK1555
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Brownsea is a delightful plase to visit both as a couple and as a family. It has many interesting views and places to go.

Thank Pat R
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The whole of Brownsea Island is a Nature Reserve and it is like stepping back in time to a far distant childhood.
You will be in one of the most spectacular nature reserves in Britain with a varied range of habitats and wildlife.
The large lagoon is important for flocks of winter visiting birds and for the nesting terns in summer, all seen from the bird hides.
The pinewoods are home to one of the very few red squirrel populations in England. Pick up a Red Squirrel Trail leaflet to learn all about them and where to look for them on the Island.
In 1962 the National Trust took over so don't forget your membership card.
Part of the Island is leased to Dorset Wildlife Trust
Ideally you should have a whole day to enjoy this lovely island.
Take the ferry from Poole Harbour or Sandbanks - at Sandbanks don't try to park in the small area next to the ferry terminal as there is only a limited parking time.
Once on the Island pick up a map with the walking routes and points of interest.
There is a Visitor Centre with lots of very interesting historical details - such as the Island was where Robert Baden-Powell set up his original Scout camp in 1907.
Coffee, tea or lunch at the Villano Cafe next to reception.
There are free pre-bookable buggy tours for the less able-bodied.
The Island is closed over the winter.

Thank Ashsaw
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A really great day out. We went over on the first ferry and came back on the second to last one. Could have stayed longer but we were all a bit cold as it was a chilly day. We were very lucky to see quite a few red squirrels. Autumn is the best time to see them so we were just lucky it coincided with our visit. Beautiful views, interesting history, fascinating stories linked to the Scouts and Guides and lovely wildlife and nature to enjoy.

Thank windy1587
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited on a beautiful Autumn day so probably saw the island at its best. Beautiful walks right round the island. The trees were an amazing assortment and beautiful colours. We saw red squirrels and Sika deer. Really peaceful and well worth a visit.

Thank Jollypop14
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Access to the Island is by ferry which is not part of the entrance fee. The Island is run by the National Trust and if not a member there is a small fee of approx £7 per person.
We had perfect weather when travelling across to the island where there is a cafe selling food and drink. There were tame deer grazing along with peacocks and chickens.
The trees were stunning as they are starting to change to their autumn colours with blankets of leaves on the ground. It is also the birthplace of the guides and scouting movement with statues and a stone monument dedicated to Baden-Powell.
It is an ideal location to go exploring and is full of history of a lost village of Maryland at the far end.
The St.Marys church is well worth a visit. It is a great day out for all the family, and the peace on the island is fantastic.

Thank Al-Shumba
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This island was probably the most stunning island to visit . From Red Squirrels to stunning scenery I was just mesmerised by the trees ,church .We just walked for miles and miles

Thank Jean G
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