Facilities & access


  • Ferry operator kiosks are on the quay, cash only for boat fares (cash machines are nearby in Poole High Street, 30 minute walk from the departure point at Sandbanks (Tesco metro)
  • Dogs are not permitted
  • Toilets located at visitor reception, the visitor centre at the Baden-Powell Outdoor Centre
  • Food available in the Villano Café
  • Browse in our shop for Brownsea Island gifts
  • Take home a Scouts and Guides souvenir from the Trading Post
  • Go for a swim in the sea off the south side of the island
  • Free guided walks, twice daily, 11.30am and 2pm
  • Due to high fire risk, no barbeques or fires are allowed on the island
  • Seasonal island walks

Family & children

  • Baby-changing facilities available at visitor reception and the Baden-Powell Outdoor Centre
  • Picnic benches and a picnic shelter on Horse Field
  • Free tracker packs for children
  • Self-guided themed trails
  • Seasonal 'make and take' craft activities
  • All terrain push chairs can be hired, call 01202 707744 to pre-book
  • Children's menu and picnic items available at the Villano Café


  • Electric buggy tours for the less mobile, call 01202 707744 to book
  • Car parks are multi-storey sites with concrete surfaces and lift access to all floors
  • There are no transfer vehicles or drop off/collection points, please contact ferry operators for access requirements
  • Manual wheelchairs are available from visitor reception, pre-book on: 01202 707744
  • Paths leading to the visitor centre are fairly level and smooth