Island life through the ages

Brownsea has a fascinating past featuring celebrities such as Marconi and Baden Powell both of whom were good friends to families that once called the island home.

  • Booking essential
  • Free event (admission applies)

Join one of our knowledgable volunteers on this free guided walk that will talk you through island family life over time. Meet the wealthy, and those that served them and find out what life was really like living on an island in Poole Harbour. The stories of their lives will reveal how Brownsea came to be what it is today.


Event ticket prices
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
View admission charges
Brownsea Island


Whole property
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £8.40 £7.50
Child £4.20 £3.75
Family £21.00 £18.75
(x1 adult and x3 children) £12.60 £11.25
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £6.80
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £3.40

What is Gift Aid?

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points.

Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

  • Gift Aid Admission
  • Standard Admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you a clear choice between the Gift Aid Admission prices and the Standard Admission prices at the admission point. It's entirely up to you which ticket you choose.

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below:

  Gift Aid Standard
Amount paid by visitor £11.00 £10.00
Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00


*Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

Please note...

Please note that the ferry fare (not National Trust) applies to all visitors

The basics

Booking details
Call 01202 707744
Not suitable for children under 12
Assistance dogs are welcome.
Meeting point
Adjacent the Courtyard, just beyond the reception area
What to bring and wear
Most of the paths on Brownsea are gravel or unmade, please ensure you wear suitable footwear
Brownsea has a number of all-terrain wheelchairs and pushchairs that are available to use free of charge and can be pre-booked through the Property Office
A small donation for this walk would help the National Trust to continue to look after places forever and for everyone.


Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
5 April 2019 11:00 - 13:00 Available
3 May 2019 11:00 - 13:00 Available
7 June 2019 11:00 - 13:00 Available
5 July 2019 11:00 - 13:00 Available
2 August 2019 11:00 - 13:00 Available
6 September 2019 11:00 - 13:00 Available
4 October 2019 11:00 - 13:00 Available

Contact Info

Brownsea Island Property Office
Call 01202 707744

Upcoming events

Winter Weekends

Sat 02 Feb 2019
An opportunity to take in the winter wildlife on Brownsea and to enjoy a satisfying winter's day walk.

Brownsea Bird Boats

Sun 03 Feb 2019
The National Trust, Dorset Wildlife Trust and the RSPB have partnered up offer the public the opportunity to witness the wonderful wildlife of Poole Harbour that abounds at this time of year.

Get toasty around the campfire

Sat 16 Feb 2019
Walk to the Outdoor Centre where you will find tasty treats to be toasted on an open campfire. What could be better on a crisp winters day?

Spring ranger days

Wed 20 Feb 2019
Bring your budding young rangers to the island to join our team and to discover how to conserve nature and to learn some bush craft skills.

Seashore ramble

Fri 22 Mar 2019
Come and explore Brownsea's coastlines on this free guided wildlife walk.

Mother's day on Brownsea

Sun 31 Mar 2019
Treat your mum to a wonderful walk on Brownsea at this special time of year. Nature is awakening from its winter sleep and is bustling around preparing for the season ahead.