Brownsea Island - National Trust
Important notice - National Trust are working hard to reopen many of our places where it is safe to do so. However, Brownsea Island is closed. Landing of any boats, kayaks or canoes, or swimming ashore, is not permitted anywhere on the island. Please visit the website for the most up to date information.
Brownsea Island is a wildlife sanctuary that’s easy to reach but feels like another world from the moment you step ashore. There is wildlife to spot and woodland to explore; outdoor activities to try and beaches to picnic on; birds to watch and trails to wander. Check out the different types of things you can do below:
Tours, talks and trails
Make the most of your visit and join a free introductory talk or pick up a self-led trail at the Visitor Centre and unlock the secrets and history of Brownsea. For the less-abled we also oﬀer a free, bookable electric buggy island tour.
Sample the scouting life at the Outdoor Centre; spend a night under the stars on our Eco Adventure Camping experience, or learn about intriguing tales of survival and adventure at the Trading Post.
Wildlife spotters can follow waymarked routes through a wealth of diﬀerent habitats from the sheltered lagoon and sweeping shorelines, to woodlands and heathland. As you wander, keep an eye out for the famous red squirrel.
Villano café & Engine Gift Shop
Sample homemade food and drinks with garden views over Poole Harbour. You can support Brownsea by picking up a souvenir at the Engine Gift Shop and check out the lovingly restored electric light engine.
We have plenty of free and ticketed seasonal events for everyone from wildlife lovers to adventures with family. For the full events programme, prices and information please visit the website.
Places to stay
There are two holiday cottages on Brownsea island, both located on the quay with stunning harbour fronted views and metres away from the water’s edge. For more information please visit website and look under ‘places to stay’.
Campsite and South Shore Lodge
Brownsea Island campsite is located where Lord Baden-Powell held the first experimental Scout camp in 1907. Spend a night under the starts on our Eco Adventure camping experience from April to September. South Shore Lodge provides bunk bed accommodation, a common room, kitchen facilities and a shower and toilet block. From here your group can explore the whole island whilst making the most of the tranquil and beautiful surroundings of the lodge.
Accessability to Brownsea Island
Ferries depart from Poole Quay and Sandbanks Jetty. All visitors including members need to purchase ferry tickets, available in advance or on the day at the kiosks on Poole Quay.
Please note access to the island is limited for disabled visitors please check with the boat company before travelling. The Brownsea Seahorse runs a pre-bookable service for wheelchair bound visitors running from Sandbanks to National Trust Brownsea Island on set days (subject to weather and tide). Call 01202 707744 for dates and booking.
There is also a landing fee to pay for non National Trust members on top of normal boat fare.
Ferry fare payable when travelling to Brownsea Island. There is also a landing fee payable on the island for non National Trust members.
National Trust members: FREE
Adult: Gift Aid: £8.80 Standard: £7.90
Child: Gift Aid: £4.40 Standard: £3.95
Family ( 2 adults and up to 3 children) Gift Aid: £22.00 Standard: £19.75
Family ( 1 adult and up to 3 children): Gift Aid: £13.20 Standard: £11.85
(Gift aid admission, includes 10% donation towards the upkeep of the island)
|Main Season Opening Times (14 Mar 2020 - 15 Nov 2020)|
|Monday - Sunday||10:00||- 17:00|
* Main season - Boats leave every half hour from Poole Quay and Sandbanks.
From Sat 14 March - Sunday 15 November 2020. Open from 10.00- 17:00 daily and in November 2020 from 10:00 - 16:00.
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Certificate of Excellence 2019
- Very Good504
- MictheslikkBristol, United KingdomThe antidote to modern lifeMonday, 16th March 2020If you ever feel the need to get away from it all, take the short ferry ride to Brownsea and spend a day exploring the woods in beautiful isolation. If you’re lucky, enjoy the company of the red... Read full review
- 997DanielCMiddlesbrough, United KingdomBirthplace of the scoutsMonday, 8th June 2020To arrive here you'll need to get a ferry from Poole Harbour which are cheap and don't take very long to get over to the island, once you've landed you can go either go into some shops for some quick... Read full review
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