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Brownsea Island

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Explore the hidden world of Brownsea Island The inspiration to many a storey by children's writer Enid Blyton's novel, from a child's perspective, it's hard to imagine a better place than Brownsea Island for ripping adventures and lashings of ginger beer. The fun begins with a boat ride from Poole Quay or Sandbanks, where some of the crossings feature updates on the local celebrities, plus a jaunt around the nearby islands.

Where is Brownsea Island located?

Brownsea Island is beautifully situated in Poole Harbour, with breathtaking views of the Purbeck Hills.

Details on what activities are available at Brownsea Island?

When at Brownsea, there are children's nature and smuggling paths and fun walks through the red-squirrel populated forests. The background of the island, which is just one and a half miles long, is told in an informative wildlife centre that describes the past owners of the island and the fact that the first scout camp was held there in 1907. Don't skip the day-to-day guided walks and bird watching in the lagoon. There are also guided buggy tours for those with restricted mobility.

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Disabled Access

Parking Available


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Child friendly



Disabled Access

Parking Available


Extra info

Open Times: 7 Feb - 15 Mar Daily from 10:00 - 16.00. 21 Mar - 1 Nov, 10.00-17.00 daily. Closing times vary

Price Details: NT Members Free. See NT website for admission prices.

Arrival information and directions

Address: Poole Harbour, Poole, Dorset, PooleBH13 7EE, United Kingdom

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.

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