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Brownsea Island

Poole Harbour
BH13 7EE

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Tel+44 01202 707744

Red Squirrel on Brownsea Island

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket 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

Ferry fare (not National Trust) applies to all visitors.


  • Certificate of Excellence 2016

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Recent Reviews:

  • pompeyfan1950
    Poole, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Frequent vistors
    4 of 5 stars
    Monday, 20th March 2017
    We are lucky enough to live near to this lovely get away island in Poole harbour. not a cheap visit as you have to get there by ferry and the island is owned by the National Trust. You can either... Read full review
  • 250HLS
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Lovely get away!
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 19th March 2017
    Absolutely love this place - it's a nice escape to quietness! We come back each year and will be visiting soon again. Read full review
  • davidshaddick2016
    Stowmarket, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Stunning Views
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 17th March 2017
    Beautiful little beaches with beautiful views. Hidden away nicely but will still get plenty of people down on sunny days due to its natural beauty. Read full review


  • 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 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: to look up bus timetables. Calls cost 12p per minute plus your phone company's access charge.


Attraction Facilities

  • Shop

Venue Facilities

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

Key Features

  • 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

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

2017 Opening (18 Mar 2017 - 29 Oct 2017)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00
2018 Spring Opening - weekends only (4 Feb 2018 - 12 Mar 2018)
Monday - FridayClosed*
Saturday - Sunday10:00 - 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.

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


Wednesday, 26th July 2017 - Friday, 11th August 2017

Brownsea Open Air Theatre'As You Like It' is this year's production from Brownsea Open Air Theatre and your ticket includes island access from Poole so please bring a picnic and enjoy the beautiful surroundings before watching this fantastic production.
more info

Sunday, 26th March 2017 - Sunday, 26th March 2017

Say thank you on Mothers Day
more info

Friday, 7th April 2017 - Friday, 7th April 2017

Brownsea at War
more info

Saturday, 8th April 2017 - Sunday, 29th October 2017

The Great Brownsea Storybook Adventure
more info

Friday, 14th April 2017 - Monday, 17th April 2017

Cadbury Easter Egg Trail
more info

Monday, 10th April 2017 - Monday, 10th April 2017

Low Ropes and Archery Activity Days
more info

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