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. The island is rich in history too, which is revealed in our Visitor Centre. There are the remains of daffodil farming, pottery works and the village of Maryland to explore, or head to the Outdoor Centre to find out more about the birthplace of the Scouting and Guiding movement. Families can make the most of their day too, with activities including tree-climbing trails, Tracker Packs and a natural play area. We also host special events, walks, talks, Brownsea Open-Air Theatre and daily introductory walks and buggy tours for less-mobile visitors (booking essential). The Villano Cafe and Brownsea Island Shop are open until the last boat leaves the island. Britain's Favourite Nature Reserve, voted by BBC's Countryfile 2013; Gold Awards for Excellent Customer Service and Best Visitor Experieince in Dorset Tourism Awards 2013: Bronze award for Tourism Activity, Sports and Experience of the Year in Dorset Tourism Awards 2015.
New for this year - The Brownsea Seahorse Accessible Boat. A bookable service for wheelchair users. Please call for dates, times and to book.
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Adult (group rate - over 15 people)||£5.80 per ticket|
|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|
Entry to the Island is free to National Trust members. Ferry fare (not National Trust) applies to all visitors.
- Certificate of Excellence 2016
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good338
- EastAngliaStevecEast AngliaTrip Type:CouplesInteresting visitSunday, 23rd April 2017Don't miss this if you go to Poole - but dress up warm for the boat ride. Plenty to see on the island - enjoyed the peacocks but saw no red squirrels. Slow service in cafe at peak times. Read full review
- SUSAN PPONTYCLUNTrip Type:CouplesNATURE WALKSaturday, 22nd April 2017It was lovely to walk around the island and view the wildlife. Lots to do for children but the 2 don't mix so avoid school holidays if it's peace that you want. Read full review
- ModigliDorset, EnglandTrip Type:FamilyA National Trust WonderFriday, 21st April 2017My wife and I took our grandson over to Brownsea, and it certainly looks in good shape after the Winter. A lot of clearance work appears to have taken place and the parts we went to look great. I... Read full review
- TripAdvisor Awards TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016
- Regional and Miscellaneous Dorset Tourism Awards 2015 Bronze 2015
Map & 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.
- Groups Accepted - Please contact Property Office 01202 707744 to book.
- In countryside
- Outdoor Attraction
- Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors
- Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors
- Guide Dogs Permitted
- Toilets for Disabled Visitors
- On-Site café/restaurant - Hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, cakes, light meals. Sweet shop.
- Picnic Site
- 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
- Conference facilities
- Event Venue
- Printed Material in Foreign Languages - French, German and Italian
- Tea / Coffee Shop
- 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
|2017 Opening (18 Mar 2017 - 29 Oct 2017)|
|Monday - Sunday||10:00||- 17:00|
|2018 Spring Opening - weekends only (4 Feb 2018 - 12 Mar 2018)|
|Monday - Friday||Closed*|
|Saturday - Sunday||10:00||- 16:00*|
* 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.
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