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Brownsea Island

Type:Country Park/Nature Reserve

Poole Harbour
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 Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
  • Certificate of Excellence 2019
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Recent Reviews:

  • 350andrewr
    New Malden, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    Absolutely awesome
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 16th May 2019
    I'm very lucky in that I'm a john Lewis partner so I get the bonus of the castle as well. But first the island, the walking trails are easy to follow, I went on all 3 trails, the cliff top walk gave... Read full review
  • justinsS9215BW
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 17th May 2019
    Never been and I’m so glad we finally went. The ferry from poole is pleasant and once you’re there it feels as if you’ve walked into narnia. Deers, peakcocks, chickens and red squirrels wonder... Read full review
  • TangramUK
    Trip Type:
    OK, I'm biased but I love Brownsea Island
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 18th May 2019
    I love Brownsea Island. It is a small piece of paradise in the middle of Poole Harbour. Plenty of space to wander, red squirrels (rather than grey rats with tails) and an idyllic feel. The other... Read full review


  • 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 

Greenslade Pleasure Boats (Poole Quay only) 01929 631828



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

Attraction Facilities

  • Shop


  • 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)
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, 7th June 2019 - Friday, 7th June 2019

Friday, 5th July 2019 - Friday, 5th July 2019

Friday, 2nd August 2019 - Friday, 2nd August 2019

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
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Saturday, 1st June 2019 - Saturday, 1st June 2019

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

Wednesday, 29th May 2019 - Wednesday, 29th May 2019

Spring ranger days
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Friday, 24th May 2019 - Friday, 24th May 2019

Friday, 28th June 2019 - Friday, 28th June 2019

Friday, 26th July 2019 - Friday, 26th July 2019

Friday, 23rd August 2019 - Friday, 23rd August 2019

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

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

Seashore ramble
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Tuesday, 28th May 2019 - Thursday, 30th May 2019

Tuesday, 23rd July 2019 - Thursday, 25th July 2019

Tuesday, 30th July 2019 - Thursday, 1st August 2019

Tuesday, 6th August 2019 - Thursday, 8th August 2019

Tuesday, 13th August 2019 - Thursday, 15th August 2019

Tuesday, 20th August 2019 - Thursday, 22nd August 2019

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

Minibeasts and more; free family guided walk
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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
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Saturday, 8th June 2019 - Saturday, 8th June 2019

World Ocean day
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Thursday, 31st October 2019 - Thursday, 31st October 2019

Wand making workshop on Brownsea Island
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Saturday, 28th September 2019 - Saturday, 28th September 2019

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

Fungi foray on Brownsea Island
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Wednesday, 24th July 2019 - Friday, 9th August 2019

Brownsea Open Air Theatre presents Richard III
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