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Brownsea Island

Poole Harbour
BH13 7EE

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Red Squirrel on Brownsea Island
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  • Avocets taking off at Brownsea Island
  • Brownsea Island

Telephone: +44 (0)1202 707744

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

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.

Telephone: +44 (0)1202 707744



TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

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

  • stephenjP8688DD
    John Lewis @ Brownsea
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 8th October 2019
    Amazing place. Amazing Food Lovely rooms Staff very helpful & plenty to do here Good for seeing Deer Read full review
  • Chezzer77
    Essex, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    Day trip
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 13th October 2019
    The ferry to island very easy to find on Poole quay. As a national trust member didn’t have to pay entry. Very relaxed visit I walked whole island. Had lunch on the beach and was very easy to find... Read full review
  • V1842RGstevem
    Poole, United Kingdom
    Secret Island
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 13th October 2019
    It had been a long time since I last visited, and I would like to say it has become an extremely well, organised and delightful trip since. Well marked trails and information available. A worthwhile... Read full review


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



  • 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.

Access Information


Information available in alternative formats
Large print (at least 14 point)
OtherBrownsea Seahorse Accessible Boat.

ACCESS TO PUBLIC AREAS (Displays, exhibits, rides etc)

Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to:
Gift shop
Public toilet
Public toilet suitable for visitors who use a wheelchair


Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to the:


Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for visitors with limited mobility
Some routes
Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for wheelchair users
Some routes
Wheelchairs provided
Free of charge

This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.

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: Limited on-street metered parking available along Banks Road, Panorama Road and Brownsea Road. Main Sandbanks beach car park is a 10-15 minute walk to the ferry.

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. Combined bus and ferry tickets are available.

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. N.B. The Sandbanks ferry is cash only.

Brownsea Island Ferries 01929 462383 

Greenslade Pleasure Boats (Poole Quay only) 01929 631828

Telephone: +44 (0)1202 707744


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

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

Red squirrel walks on Brownsea Island
more info

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

Friday, 25th October 2019 - Tuesday, 29th October 2019

Pollution Pods
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