Brownsea Island - National Trust

Aerial photograph of the stunning Brownsea island castle

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Opening Times

Main Season Opening Times (12 Apr 2024 - 31 Oct 2024)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00*

* Boats leave from Poole Quay only and tickets must be booked in advance. Check the website for the most up to date information on opening times.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change
Via ferry from Poole Quay
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Map & Directions

Public Transport Directions


Most visitors reach Brownsea Island via the foot ferries which run daily from Poole Quay and Sandbanks Jetty between11 March to 31 October.  These ferries are run by private companies and all visitors, including National Trust members, need to purchase ferry tickets from the ferry kiosks before they arrive.  

Travelling from Poole Quay

You no longer need to pre-book if coming from Poole Quay (pre-booking only applies to the Sandbanks service for the 2023 season). All ferries from Poole Quay will be a walk-in service.

Adult: £9.50

Child: £4.75

Family: £23.75

1 adult and up to 3 children (aged 5-17) £14.75

With the exception of large groups (15+), including groups staying on the campsite, there is no pre-booking facility for the Poole Quay service. If you are a group of 15 or more, please visit either the Group Booking guidance for groups or campsite visitors.

From Sandbanks

Brownsea Island Ferries runs a daily service from the Sandbanks Jetty near the chain ferry to Brownsea Island between 10am and 5pm (with no 1 or 1.15pm service), leaving every half hour and returning at 15 mins past and 15 mins to each hour. Journey time of approximately 10 minutes. Please note this must be pre-booked.

The fares from Sandbanks are:

Adult: £9.00

Child (5-17): £4.50

Child (under 5): Free

Please note that ferries may be operating a reduced service in poor weather - we'd always advise checking with them direct before your journey.

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