Brownsea Island

Important notice -

The island is currently open. Please note: with conservation works in progress, access to Maryland is restricted and with some tracks still being upgraded, we recommend wellies or walking boots.

Famous for red squirrels, wildlife and Scouting

Brownsea Island

Things to see and do

Book your visit

Read all the visiting information and ready to book? Click this link to check availability and buy your tickets to Brownsea.

Evening adventures
This summer
Brownsea Island pottery in 1891

Daily guided walks

Join one of our volunteers for a free guided talk about Brownsea's past and present. From eccentric island characters to modern-day conservation, it's a great way to learn more about the island. Walks daily at 11am and 1pm, subject to volunteer availability. There's no need to book, just enquire at Visitor Reception.

What's happening on the island?

Brownsea Island Countryside Stewardship project 

The largest conservation project in the island’s history began in September 2021 to restore rare and endangered heathland habitat. This will create a better space and the right conditions for nature to thrive, providing as sustainable future for the conservation of species dependent on Brownsea's varied habitat. You can learn more in this article and on a visit to us. During this time, things may look a little different and access to certain areas may be restricted at times.

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What's on

Upcoming events

Twelfth Night

Wed 27 Jul 2022
Join us as we return to the stage after two years away with Shakespeare's ever popular comedy, Twelfth Night.

Fungi foray

Sat 24 Sep 2022
Can you spot a Fly Agaric or a maybe a Destroying Angel, beautiful but deadly? Join our expert from the Dorset Fungus Group on this delightful romp across Brownsea in search of some fascinating fungi.

Early bird walk and breakfast

Sat 15 Oct 2022
Dorset Wildlife Trust and the National Trust have partnered to offer you an opportunity to enjoy the island and its wildlife before the crowds arrive.
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Places to stay

Book your campsite stay

Read all the camping information and ready to book? Click this link to check availability and start your overnight adventure.

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A range of objects that you can find on the National Trust shop, like walking socks, picnic accessories, water bottles and hats

Souvenirs and supplies 

There’s plenty of souvenirs to browse through at the Trading Post. Pick up a necker, badge or postcard and your purchase will contribute towards keeping the island special. You can also purchase camping essentials from the pop up camp shop and tasty treats and beverages from the seasonal snack van.

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View across Poole Harbour from the Villano

Villano Café 

The Villano Café is open and is serving a range of hot and cold drinks, snacks and light meals. Sit back, relax and take in the harbour sights and sounds as you fuel up for your island adventure. You can also visit the seasonal snack van, at the Outdoor Centre for snacks, refreshments and ice cream.

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Our work

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Get involved


Volunteering on Brownsea 

Are you interested in volunteering on Brownsea? If so, we've got some fantastic new opportunities for you to support us. Check out our new volunteering opportunities for 2022 here and find out how to apply for current roles or register your interest in volunteering with us.