Brownsea Island Outdoors

Brownsea Island
Brownsea Island, Dorset
Brownsea Island
BH15 7EE


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Brownsea Island is an atmospheric island of heath and woodland with wide variety of wildlife.

The island is dramatically located at the entrance to Poole harbour, offering spectacular views across to Studland and the Purbeck Hills. Its varied and colourful history includes use as a coastguard station, Victorian pottery, Edwardian country estate, daffodil farm and as a decoy to protect Poole in the Second World War. In 1907 it was the site of Baden-Powell's experimental camp from which Scouting and Guiding evolved. Home to important populations of red squirrel and seabirds, the island provides a safe and relaxing place for walks and picnics, ideal for families to explore.

Island tracks are rough in places. Trailer trails for disabled visitors on certain days and for group visits (booking essential). Wheelchair users are advised to contact ferry operators for information. Building: 3 steps to entrance. Alternative accessible entrance, via side gate. 4 wheelchairs, booking essential. Seating available. WCs: Adapted WC at the quay and visitor centre. Grounds: Partly accessible. Map of accessible route. Staff-driven multi-seater vehicle, booking essential. Shop: Level entrance. Refreshments: Level entrance.

Attraction Details

VenueBrownsea Island
AddressBrownsea Island, Dorset, Brownsea Island, Dorset, BH15 7EE
Opening times10-5 Apr-Oct
Entry costs
Attraction typeOutdoors


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