Facilities & access


  • Enjoy stunning views and delicious food in the Villano Café
  • Browse in our shop for Brownsea Island gifts
  • Take home a Scouts and Guides souvenir from the Trading Post
  • Toilets located at Visitor Reception, the Visitor Centre at the Baden-Powell Outdoor Centre
  • Dogs are not permitted
  • Go for a swim in the sea off the south side of the island
  • Free guided walks, twice daily, 11.30am and 2pm
  • Electric buggy tours for the less mobile, call 01202 707744 to book
  • Due to high fire risk, no barbeques or fires are allowed on the island

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 island walks
  • 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
  • Toys and souvenirs available to purchase at the gift shop


  • Follow brown signs to Poole Quay or Sandbanks and from Pay and Display car parks, follow pedestrian signage to Poole Quay or Brownsea Island Ferries (Sandbanks only). Borough of Poole website
  • Ferry operator kiosks are clearly present on the quay but take cash only for boat fares (cash machines are nearby in Poole High Street but 30 minute walk from the departure point at Sandbanks (Tesco metro)
  • Car parks are 10 minute walk from the Poole and Sandbanks departure points, including disabled parking. The ferry drop off points, including disabled parking. The ferry drop off point is ten meters from the island reception.
  • 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.
  • Accessible toilets are located in the main courtyard near the entrance (160cm x 240cm), the visitor centre - no alarm cord (200cm x 230cm), and the outdoor centre (145cm x 220cm).
  • Accessible toilets are both left and righ hand transfer.
  • There are baby changing facilities in the main courtyard outside visitor reception but no adult changing table or hoist.
  • 2 manual wheelchairs are available from Visitor reception for your use and can be booked, but are not suitable for our terrain, beyond the visitor centre. The current route for powered wheelchairs is recemmended as far as the visitor centre. Beyond that point visitors need to be aware that the island consists of steep and unstable cliffs, uneven ground, island vehicles, deep water and strong currents.
  • Our toilets are lit with standard light bulbs and natural light.
  • Our toilets have automatic hand driers, hand towels, hand towels in the visitor centre and no flourescent lighting.
  • Paths leading to the Visitor Centre are fairly level and smooth
  • Most of the island tracks are rough gravel with potential hazards such as stones and tree roots, there is a map of the island, showing options for routes round the area and information about path surgaces and beach access. Beach access is via steps with handrails and some slight inclines. There are somes gates on the paths that can be opened by the public.Trials are available from visitor centre as well as faimily activities options and a few interpretations boards around the island. Benches are places at regualr intervals all around the island. There is a pond water feature, clearly marked on the map and nearby signage, as Lily Pond.
  • Wheelchairs are available to hire for free from Visitor Reception. Contact details for information or pre booking, 01202 707744