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Brownsea Island

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Address: Brownsea Castle Brownsea Island, Poole BH13 7EE, England
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+44 1202 707744

Former private island complete with castle built by Henry VIII is now a...

Former private island complete with castle built by Henry VIII is now a wildlife sanctuary containing one of the last red squirrel colonies in Britain.

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Beautiful Island

A must for lovers of nature. Beautiful walks, and views. A tranquil oasis with plenty of places to stop and take in the surroundings.

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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A must for lovers of nature. Beautiful walks, and views. A tranquil oasis with plenty of places to stop and take in the surroundings.

Thank Kathryn V
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Went over to see the red squirrels as they only live on the island and isle of wight here in the south, took a picnic and had a good long walk.. it was a relaxing day and worth the effort..

Thank Nik H
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Arrived by ferry from Sandbanks and walked around the island. There are stunning views and lots of wild life. Had a freshly made sandwich before leaving on the ferry back to Poole via the harbour cruise. A most enjoyable day

Thank DanisaSurrey
Reading, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were in Bournemouth for a couple of days and had spent majority of previous day and a ½ walking so figured on being lazy and taking the ferry to Brownsea Island to round off our last ½ day in the area. The ferry starts at something like 9:30am and the island itself closes at 5pm so the window to... More 

Thank Henry T
Poole, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was just a great place to visit apart from the usual cafe etc the whole island is a complete adventure great, superb if you just go for a quiet walk and a picnic or for family days out playing games and so forth, super

Thank Michael H
Poole, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Brownsea island must be the crown in Poole's significant number of stunning places to visit. After a short ferry ride (always a hit with the kids) there are numerous trails through the woods to explore, all with fabulous views of Poole harbour. You make even spot a red squirrel while having an idyllic waterside picnic....

Thank myramay
Exeter, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We caught the ferry from Poole Quay, which was £10.75 and arrived about 20 mins later. We alighted and as were NT members it was free, but usually £7.70 for adults. We were informed the tour started at 11.30 (5 mins) so nipped to the ladies but when we came out they had already gone. There were at least 2... More 

Thank fly2thai
Chippenham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Let's say that we weren't very lucky. Cold wet and wind.. not ideally to go on the ferry.. but didn't have a choice.. the ferry for poole is every 30 minutes.. every past 20 each our or 10 to.. its about 10 pound plus 8 pound to go on the island.. but if you are national trust members you wont... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

After a two hour drive we parked in the recommended Sandbanks car park and then walked 10 minutes to the jetty for our private NT boat ride across to Brownsea. This was the pre-booked bird walk guided by the very knowledgable ranger John who gave us an excellent insight as to the general history of Brownsea and the wildlife/birdlife there.... More 

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

You take a ferry from Poole but as a Trust run place you have to pay entry to visit the island too. But its worth it as the views around the island are fantastic. We visited the Scout Camp too and relived our youth. The cafe is excellent and I can recommend the quiche.

Thank BigOwen

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