Facilities & access


  • Villano café with stunning views across Poole Harbour
  • Take-out coffee bar
  • Mobile tricycle offering drinks and snacks
  • Gift and souvenir shop also selling Brownsea Island outdoors ranges and old-fashioned sweets and ice-cream
  • Second hand book shop
  • Trading post selling Scout and Guide souvenirs
  • Assistance dogs only. The island is a nature reserve and therefore dogs are not allowed on the island.
  • Picnics welcome
  • Toilet facilites at visitor reception, visitor centre and outdoor centre
  • Holiday cottage (sleeps 6) overlooking the harbour and lagoon
  • Visitor centre for trails, activities including guided tours and island history
  • Church - services on Sundays at 3pm

Family & children

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children's menu in the café
  • All terrain pushchairs available to hire
  • Pocket money gifts for sale in the shop
  • Tracker packs, family trails and activities from visitor centre
  • HIgh chairs in café and microwave for warming baby food
  • Alternative guide for teenagers available in reception, £2


  • Please contact ferry operators to discuss your needs on the ferry - see how to get here
  • Guided electric buggy tours for less mobile visitors
  • Level and smooth paths to the visitor centre but some island tracks rough in places
  • Beach areas are accessed via uneven steps
  • Caution is needed on the clay beaches on the south side of the island, which can make access difficult
  • Level access to reception, shop, café, coffee bar, second hand bookshop, toilets and visitor centre
  • Foreign language guides (French, German and Italian) available from reception


Rare red squirrels flourish on Brownsea Island

Brownsea Island is a nature reserve and we regret that for this reason no dogs, other than assistance dogs, are allowed on the island.

Family adventure

Children’s den building event at Scotney Castle.

Look out for our special family trails and events - see our events page for details

Buggy tours


Our volunteer guides offer tours for less mobile visitors every day, on the hour, from 11am to 3pm. You can book your place by calling 01202 707744.