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*LATEST UPDATE* Brownsea Island has now re-opened and tickets need to be booked in advance. You will need to purchase a separate ticket for the ferry from the kiosks on Poole Quay.
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.
The island sits in the middle of Poole Harbour, with dramatic views to the Purbeck Hills. Thriving natural habitats, including woodland, heathland and a lagoon, have created havens for wildlife, such as the red squirrel and a huge variety of birds, including the sandwich tern. You'll find peacocks and hens wandering near the 19th-century church.
The island is steeped in history. Several industries have thrived on Brownsea Island over the years, including cattle farming, daffodil farming and pottery. You'll see remnants of all of this on the island - with Pottery Pier still surrounded by shards of the ceramics that were once crafted there. You can also see the remains of the village of Maryland, which once housed scores of workers and their families.
The Outdoor Centre is the place to go for camping, overnight stays and a range of activities from archery and mini-golf to low ropes and orienteering. It welcomes thousands of Scouts and Guides form all over the world - making a pilgrimage to the birthplace of the Scouting and Guiding movement. It was on Brownsea Island that Lord Baden Powell developed his idea for Scouting and trialled some early Scout-style camps. The Outdoor Centre also offers day learning for schools and other groups. *The Outdoor Centre will be closed for the rest of the 2020 season.
Families can make the most of their day too, with free trails and a natural play area. During school holidays there are a regular free activities on offer from clay craft and bug hunting to 50 Things fun and Easter and Halloween trails. The warmer months see special events, including Brownsea Open-Air Theatre and wildlife tours.
Whatever the season, there's something new to experience and enjoy on Brownsea Island - from the spring blossom to the autumn leaves, the warm summer waters to the beautiful winter sunsets. Some choose to reach Brownsea Island on their own boat or kayak, which you're welcome to do so during opening hours - landing on the South Shore beaches; otherwise it's a short ferry trip from the mainland.
|2021 Opening (1 February 2021 - 1 November 2021)|
|Monday - Sunday||10:00||- 17:00*|
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Adult admission||£9.00 per ticket|
|Child admission (5-17 years)||£4.50 per ticket|
|Child admission under 5 years||Free|
|Family (1 adult 3 children) admission||£13.50 per ticket|
|Family (2 adult 3 children) admission||£22.50 per ticket|
|National Trust members||Free|
Entry to the Island is free to National Trust members.
Prices stated are standard admission ticket prices.
Prices shown are admission prices only. All visitors (including National Trust members) are required to pay for the ferry. This can be paid to the ferry company on the day of the visit, at the ferry kiosk on Poole Quay.
Admission and ferry fare are free of charge for under 5s but are still required to book.
This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.
Poole Quay: the visitors’ multi-storey car park is located on Strand Street, Poole, BH15 1SB – 5 minutes walk to the ferry.
Sat-Nav: Postcodes for Sat Nav: Sandbanks Jetty, BH13 7QJ and Poole Quay, BH15 1HP.
By train: Catch a train to Poole Railway Station then walk (0.5 mile) or catch the Route 1 bus to Poole Quay.
By bus: From Poole Bus Station take the Route 1 bus to Poole Quay.
Ferries: Ferries depart from Poole Quay. All visitors, including members, need to purchase tickets, available in advance or on the day at the kiosks.
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