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Brownsea Island

Poole Harbour
POOLE
Dorset
BH13 7EE

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Red Squirrel on Brownsea Island

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£7.70
Adult (group rate - over 15 people)£5.80 per ticket
Child£3.85
Child (group rate - over 15 people)£2.90 per ticket
Family (1 adult 3 children)£11.55 per ticket
Family (2 adults 3 children)£19.25 per ticket
National Trust membersFree

Entry to the Island is free to National Trust members. Ferry fare (not National Trust) applies to all visitors.

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor
  • Certificate of Excellence 2017

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

  • Excellent
    1308
  • Very Good
    384
  • Average
    81
  • Poor
    19
  • Terrible
    13

Recent Reviews:

  • Louisa B
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Wonderful, peaceful brownsea
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 25th October 2017
    We were staying nearby in wareham and decided that we had to visit brownsea island. I had heard a lot about it especially seeing quite a lot of red squirrels this time of year. We parked in a multi... Read full review
  • Trip Type:
    Family
    Lovely few hours
    4 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 25th October 2017
    The ferry ride was good and efficient. We have NT membership so no cost. My son and I had food in the cafe which was the regular NT fayre. As it half term there was a Halloween trial which was good... Read full review
  • Mike G
    New Milton, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Just Love Brownsea & National Trust , Visit Quayside Emporium
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 24th October 2017
    Which is next to the pub on the quay after your visit and you will find 100 lovely gift and craft stalls all under 1 roof and some lovely craft items with red squirrels to remind you of your Brownsea... Read full review

Awards

  • TripAdvisor AwardsTripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2017
  • Regional and MiscellaneousDorset Tourism Awards 2015 Bronze Dorset Tourism Awards 2015 Bronze 2015

Map & Directions

Road Directions

To access Poole Harbour from the west, take the A35/A350 Dorchester-Poole road. From the east take the A31 Ringwood-Poole road. From the north take the A3081/A350 Shaftesbury-Poole road. Follow brown signs to Poole Quay or Sandbanks. PARKING: Parking in Poole - follow town centre signs to quayside car parks, where you can use pedestrian signage to locate the quay, where the boats depart from. Parking in Sandbanks: there is no parking available at the ferry but there is a large car park within a ten minute walk from the Sandbanks jetty where the boats depart from, main beach car park should be used for the Sandbanks ferry, MyringGo code is 3262, Tel: 0203 046 0010 http://myringgo.co.uk/parkinglocator/3262. Sat-Nav: Postcodes for Sat Nav: Sandbanks Jetty, BH13 7QJ and Poole Quay, BH15 1HP.

Public Transport Directions

By train: Catch a train to Poole Railway Station then walk (0.5 mile) or catch the Route 1 bus to Poole Quay; Or catch a train to Branksome or Parkstone Railway Stations and take a taxi to Sandbanks Jetty (approx 3.5 miles). By bus: From Poole Bus Station take the Route 1 bus to Poole Quay; Or catch the number 50 bus from Bournemouth or Swanage, or the number 60 bus from Poole to Sandbanks Jetty.

To plan your journey by public transport contact Traveline on 0871 200 2233 or visit their website: www.travelinesw.com to look up bus timetables. Calls cost 12p per minute plus your phone company's access charge.

Facilities

Attraction Facilities

  • Shop

Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted - Please contact Property Office 01202 707744 to book.

Key Features

  • In countryside
  • Outdoor Attraction

Accessibility

  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors
  • Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Catering

  • On-Site café/restaurant - Hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, cakes, light meals. Sweet shop.
  • Picnic Site

Payment Methods

  • Approx length of visit - 3 hours
  • Delta accepted
  • Maestro accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Max group size - 200
  • Min group size - 15
  • Open by appointment outside normal opening times
  • Special group rates
  • TIC Staff Admitted Free
  • Visa accepted

Establishment Features

  • Conference facilities
  • Event Venue
  • Printed Material in Foreign Languages - French, German and Italian
  • Tea / Coffee Shop
  • Toilets

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed towards children
  • Marketed towards families
  • Marketed towards senior citizens
  • Marketed towards student/youth

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups
  • Guided Tours Available for Individuals

Travel & Trade

  • Group discounts available
  • Packed lunches available

Opening Times

2018 Spring Opening - weekends only (4 February 2018 - 12 March 2018)
DayTimes
Monday - FridayClosed*
Saturday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00*
2018 Opening (18 March 2018 - 29 October 2018)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00*

* Recognised Official Groups may be able to visit at other times by arrangement with the Property Office.

The Villano Cafe and the Brownsea Island Shop close 15 minutes before the island.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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