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Brownsea Island - National Trust

Aerial photograph of the stunning Brownsea island castle

Guide Prices

Ferry fare payable when travelling to Brownsea Island. There is also a landing fee payable on the island for non National Trust members.
2020 admission.

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)

Opening Times

Main Season Opening Times (14 Mar 2020 - 15 Nov 2020)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 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.

Via ferry from Poole Quay
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Recent Reviews:

  • Mictheslikk
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    The antidote to modern life
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 16th March 2020
    If 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
  • 997DanielC
    Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
    Birthplace of the scouts
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 8th June 2020
    To 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
  • Bowler_or_Fez_Man
    London, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    Antique chorns well presented in scout lodge
    4 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 8th July 2020
    Brownsea itself is pretty, but by far the best aspect is - if, like me, you enjoy old customs - the small selection of antique chorns used in yarndling on the island. These lovely old gloves go back... Read full review

Map & Directions

Public Transport Directions


Most visitors reach Brownsea Island via the foot ferries which run daily from Poole Quay and Sandbanks Jetty between March 14 and November 15.  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.  

From Poole Quay

Both Greenslades Pleasure Boats and Brownsea Island Ferries run daily ferries from their respective stands on Poole Quay to Brownsea Island between 10am and 5pm, leaving on the hour and at half past the hour, returning at 20 minutes past and 10 minutes to each hour. Journey time to the island is 20 minutes, with the retrun trip generally taking in a harbour tour taking approximatey 45 minutes.  Tickets cost £12.50 for adults, £7 for children, under 5s are free of charge.

Ferry tickets can be purchased on the day from the ferry company kiosks on Poole Quay either by cash or card.  

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. Tickets are £7.50 return for adults, £5 for children, and under 5s are free of charge. Please note that Brownsea Island Ferries only accept cash payment from Sandbanks Jetty. 


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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