Accessible Brownsea

Brownsea Seahorse bringing wheelchair users to the island

The Brownsea Seahorse is a landing craft, purchased by the National Trust in 2016 to support a variety of essential island operations but primarily, it enables wheelchair users access to the island.

On board

Please note that the Brownsea Seahorse is an open vessel and therefore open to the elements and there are no facilities on board.  The crossing takes approximately 10 mins.

The service frequency

The Seahorse is a bookable service, meaning it will only run when booked by visitors who wish to come. Below you will find a list of times when it is possible to run the service (it is tide dependent). Full payment will be taken at the time of the booking.

Our Seahorse landing craft sailing times have been carefully chosen primarily to fit in with tide times in Poole Harbour.  The craft requires at least a tide height of 1.75m at the Harbour Entrance to run a return trip safely.

As with all boat services to the island, this service may also be cancelled due to bad weather but we will provide prior notice if this happens.


Seashorse timetable 2022

The Brownsea Seahorse offers a bookable service for wheelchair users, unlocking the island for more people than ever before.

Outbound ferries from Poole Quay to Brownsea Island:

  • 20 April                   11:30 collection, departs Brownsea 16:00 
  • 4 May                      11:30 collection, departs Brownsea 16:00
  • 18 May                    11:30 collection, departs Brownsea 15:30 
  • 20 May                    11:30 collection, departs Brownsea 16:00
  •  3 June                   11:30 collection, departs Brownsea 16:00    
  • 17 June                  11:30 collection, departs Brownsea 16:00    
  • 15 July                   10:30 collection, departs Brownsea 15:00    
  • 16 July                   11:30 collection, departs Brownsea 16:00    
  • 17 July                   12:00 collection, departs Brownsea 16:30
  • 1 August                11:30 collection, departs Brownsea 16:00    
  • 15 August              11:30 collection, departs Brownsea 16:00    
  • 29 August              11:00 collection, departs Brownsea 15:30    
  • 31 August              11:30 collection, departs Brownsea 16:00   
  • 12 September        10:30 collection, departs Brownsea 15:00     
  • 14 September        11:30 collection, departs Brownsea 16:00    
  • 28 September        10:30 collection, departs Brownsea 15:00    
  • 30 September        11:30 collection, departs Brownsea 16:00    
  • 12 October             10:30 collection, departs Brownsea 15:00
  • 14 October              11:30 collection, departs Brownsea 16:00
  • 28 October              11:00 collection, departs Brownsea 15:30


Collection point

The pickup location is from Sandbanks Yacht Company slipway. The post code is BH13 7RD and the entrance is on the left hand side next to the Stephen Noble Estate Agent Shop.

Please note the Sandbanks Yacht Company operates a working boat yard so please be aware of vehicle & boat movements while on site.

Visitors using the Seahorse boat service are welcome to use the Sandbanks Yacht Company’s Boatyard Café Bar.


No parking is available on site at the Sandbanks Yacht Company, but there is on-street pay & display parking in the surrounding roads.  These bays are reserved for blue badge holders: Panorama Road BH13 7RD, Brownsea Road BH13 7QR, Seacombe Road BH13 7RJ, and Grasmere Road BH13 7RH, Sandbanks public beach carpark BH13 8QJ is approximately a 5 minute walk.

2022 return Seahorse crossing ticket prices

Please note: island admission also applies to non-members, payable on arrival if using the Seahorse service.

  • Adult Seahorse return ticket: £12.50
  • Child Seahorse return ticket: £7.00

Island admission price

Please note, there is an admission fee for visitors to Brownsea Island.  Please refer to the 'prices' tab on the top of the home page.  All passengers using the Seahorse service will be charged for the Seahorse crossing, payable in advance. If you are accessing the island via the Seahorse, you do not need to pay for your island admission in advance, this will be payable on arrival at Brownsea. Members will not be charged island entry on arrival, with proof of membership. 

How to book

If you would like to book this service, please call 01202 707744 and select option 8. You will be asked to pay for the crossing only in advance. 

Please provide your contact details when booking, so we are able to update you with service information or cancellation due to bad weather.

All-terrain wheelchairs and buggy tours

Visitors may book one of our all-terrain wheelchairs by calling the Property Office on 01202 707744. Numbers available are limited so these are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

We'll once again be able to offer our popular electric buggy tour later this year, which is a great way to explore the island if you have limited mobility. The electric buggy tours will be available in 2022 during the following period: May to September only.  

Dogs on Brownsea

Dogs are not permitted anywhere on Brownsea Island with the exception of assistance dogs. Assistance dogs are permitted but should be clearly identifiable. 

If you have a specific access requirement please call us on 01202 707744 and we will glady help you as much as possible. 


Visitors are able to bring pushchairs to the island via the passenger ferries, but you must be able to pack it down for transit and carry it on and off of the boat without assistance. When you get to Brownsea, the main tracks are pushchair friendly. We also have all-terrain pushchairs available to hire free of charge. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis or you may book ahead by calling 01202 707744. 

Our all terrain wheel chairs, helping us provide access for more people.
Our all terrain wheel chairs, helping us provide access for more people.
Looking out onto the harbour from Brownsea Island

Visiting Brownsea Island: what you need to know

In this article you’ll find everything you need to know about how to get here, what's open and what to expect from your visit. You'll also find a link to the booking page.