How to get here

By train

Poole station to Poole Quay, 0.5 miles; Branksome or Parkstone stations to Sandbanks Jetty, 3.5 miles.

By road

Follow brown signs to Poole Quay or Sandbanks. To access Poole Harbour from the west take the A35/A350 Dorchester-Poole road. From the east take the A31 Ringwood-Poole road. From the north take the A3081/A350 Shaftesbury-Poole road.

Parking: Parking Poole: follow town centre signs to quayside car parks, where you can use pedestrian signage to locate the quay, where the boats depart from. Sandbanks: there is no parking available at the ferry but there is a large car park within a ten minute walk from the Sandbanks jetty where the boats depart from, main beach car park should be used for the Sandbanks ferry, MyringGo code is 3262, Tel: 0203 046 0010

Sat-Nav: Postcodes for Sat Nav: Sandbanks Jetty, BH13 7QJ and Poole Quay, BH15 1HP.

By foot

From pay and display car parks, follow the pedestrian signage to Poole Quay or Brownsea Island Ferries (Sandbanks Only). If coming over via the Sandbanks chain ferry, park at Shellbay car park (National Trust) Close to start/end of the South West Coast Path at Shell Bay.

By ferry

Half-hourly boat service (not National Trust) from 10am, departing Poole Quay (01202 631828/01929 462383) and Sandbanks (01929 462383). Boat fares: boat operators take cash only. In Poole there are cash machines on the high street approach and in Sandbanks, there is a cash machine at the local souvenir shop near to the main Sandbanks car park. Wheelchair users: contact ferry operators

By bus

For Sandbanks: services from Bournemouth, Swanage and Poole. For Poole Quay: alight Poole Bridge

By cycle

Please note that it's not possible to bring bikes to the island. Cycle racks are available at Poole Quay and Sandbanks Jetty. National Cycle Network Route 25 runs from Blandford Forum to Bournemouth, via Wimborne Minster and on to Poole Quay, along on-road and traffic-free sections. National Cycle Network Route 2 runs all the way from Hengistbury Head, along Bournemouth Promenade, which is traffic-free, and on to Sandbanks. Please note restrictions apply along the promenade between 10am and 7pm from mid-June to mid-Sept. For more information visit Bournemouth Tourist Information

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