Brownsea Island

Important notice -

Most of our countryside areas are open, although some areas have been cordoned off while essential conservation works are taking place. Our Cafe and toilets are open. To guarantee entry, booking is strongly advised. Ferries run from Poole Quay only.

Famous for red squirrels, wildlife and Scouting

Brownsea Island

What's on

Red squirrel standing on a woodland floor

Book your visit

To guarantee your entry and ferry to the island, you'll need to book your tickets.

Brownsea Island

Things to see and do

This autumn
Introductory talks
Brownsea Island pottery in 1891

23 - 31 October: Brownsea's characters and conservation guided talk

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 from one of our experienced volunteer guides. Walks daily at 11am and 1pm, subject to volunteer availability. There's no need to book, just enquire on arrival at Visitor Reception.

Brownsea Island


Villano cafe garden

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.

Brownsea Island

Places to stay

Brownsea Island


Brownsea Island

Our work


Brownsea Island Countryside Stewardship project

A major project to restore and improve Brownsea’s habitat will be taking place on the island from late September 2021. We'll be embarking on one of the largest conservation projects in the island’s history, to create a better space and the right conditions for nature to thrive and provide a more sustainable future for the conservation of species dependent on Brownsea's varied habitat.

Brownsea Island

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