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Brownsea Island

Type:Country Park/Nature Reserve

Poole Harbour
POOLE
Dorset
BH13 7EE

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Telephone:+44 (0)1202 707744

Red Squirrel on Brownsea Island

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adultfrom £7.50 to £8.20 per ticket
Child£3.75 per ticket
Family (1 adult 3 children)from £11.25 to £12.60 per ticket
Family (2 adults 3 children)from £18.75 to £21.00 per ticket
Group rate adults - over 15 people)£6.80 per ticket
Group rate children - over 15 people)£3.40 per ticket
National Trust membersFree

Entry to the Island is free to National Trust members.
Ferry fare (not National Trust) applies to all visitors.
Prices stated are standard ticket prices. Gift Aid options also available.

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
  • Certificate of Excellence 2019
  • Excellent
    1629
  • Very Good
    492
  • Average
    104
  • Poor
    21
  • Terrible
    20

Recent Reviews:

  • BrendonD3
    Wiltshire, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Great Day Out
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 22nd August 2019
    Brownsea is a great day out for a ramble in nature. Easily to explore and get to. We got the boat from Poole Harbour. £31 for a family of four. It is National Trust on Brownsea, so not being a... Read full review
  • bakerpaving
    Fantastic day out
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 23rd August 2019
    20min ferry trip to get their. Beautiful place, wonderful walks. Take a picnic if on a budget , the cafe is a bit pricey and really busy catering for a ferry all at once. Don't forget your national... Read full review
  • GerbilQueen
    Hertford, United Kingdom
    Great natural place to visit
    4 of 5 stars
    Friday, 23rd August 2019
    We walked all over the island and really enjoyed our visit. The heathland was lovely in gorgeous bloom, the baby peachicks and peahens and peacocks were a delight. The beach was lovely, the woods... Read full review

Awards

  • Dorset TourismDorset Tourism Awards 2015 Bronze Dorset Tourism Awards 2015 Bronze 2015

Map & Directions

Road Directions

By car: Poole Quay: the visitors’ multi-storey car park is located on Strand Street, Poole, BH15 1SB – 2 minutes walk to the ferry. 

Sandbanks: On-street metered parking available along Banks Road, Panorama Road and Brownsea Road.

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.

Ferries: Ferries depart from Poole Quay and Sandbanks Jetty. All visitors, including members, need to purchase tickets, available in advance or on the day at the kiosks.

Brownsea Island Ferries 01929 462383 www.brownseaislandferries.com 

Greenslade Pleasure Boats (Poole Quay only) 01929 631828 www.greensladepleasureboats.co.uk

Facilities

Accessibility

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

Attraction Facilities

  • Shop

Catering

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

Establishment Features

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

Key Features

  • Approx length of visit - 3 hours
  • In countryside
  • Max group size - 200
  • Open by appointment outside normal opening times
  • Outdoor Attraction

Payment Methods

  • Delta accepted
  • Maestro accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Min group size - 15
  • Special group rates
  • TIC Staff Admitted Free
  • Visa accepted

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

Venue Facilities

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

Opening Times

2019 Opening (16 March 2019 - 3 November 2019)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00*
Bank Holiday10:00 - 17:00*
Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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Saturday, 26th October 2019 - Sunday, 27th October 2019

Saturday, 2nd November 2019 - Sunday, 3rd November 2019

Get toasty on Brownsea this half-term
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Friday, 6th September 2019 - Friday, 6th September 2019

Friday, 4th October 2019 - Friday, 4th October 2019

Island life through the ages;free guided walk on Brownsea
more info

Saturday, 5th October 2019 - Saturday, 5th October 2019

Early bird wildlife walks
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Monday, 13th May 2019 - Saturday, 28th September 2019

Eco Adventure CampingEco Adventure Camping is for the experienced camper who loves nature and the great outdoors. It is a low impact and environmentally considerate camping offer, meaning that you'll need to be self-sufficient, self-cater and leave a minimum footprint behind. Catch a public ferry or sail up to the…
more info

Friday, 27th September 2019 - Friday, 27th September 2019

Friday, 25th October 2019 - Friday, 25th October 2019

Seashore ramble
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Tuesday, 27th August 2019 - Thursday, 29th August 2019

Minibeasts and more; free family guided walk
more info

Monday, 23rd September 2019 - Friday, 25th October 2019

Red squirrel walks on Brownsea Island
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Saturday, 26th October 2019 - Sunday, 3rd November 2019

Family red squirrel walks on Brownsea Island
more info

Thursday, 31st October 2019 - Thursday, 31st October 2019

Wand making workshop on Brownsea Island
more info

Saturday, 28th September 2019 - Saturday, 28th September 2019

Saturday, 12th October 2019 - Saturday, 12th October 2019

Fungi foray on Brownsea Island
more info

Friday, 20th September 2019 - Friday, 20th September 2019

Firefly Outdoor Cinema
more info

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