To ensure everyone who stays at Brownsea Island campsite has a great holiday, we have a few simple site rules.

Arrival Time

Passenger Ferry

Passenger ferries to the island are run by an external company.

Ferry arrangements for 2022 have not yet been confirmed. Arrangements for how to book your ferry will be updated here once they are known. Please ensure you check this webpage prior to your stay to ensure you are aware of the arrangements.

Arrival boats run from Poole Quay to Brownsea Island in the afternoon. Departure boats from Brownsea Island to Poole Quay run in the morning only.

The cost of the passenger ferry is not included in your campsite fee.

When you land on Brownsea you will be able to collect a map from the courtyard and make your own way up to the campsite. It is a 20-25 minute walk along a gravel track. At the campsite, please head to our reception which is located at the Outdoor Centre. Please register at reception before you pitch your tent.

If you have pre-booked your pitch and circumstances beyond your control prevent you from arriving on your allocated boat, please contact us on 07929 734508.

If you are arriving in your own boat, you can check in to your pitch from 14:30 - 17:30.

You must book in advance to camp on Brownsea Island via our online booking system. Due to the nature of our island location, we are not always able to accept same day bookings. For same day bookings please call the campsite bookings team on 07929 734508 to check availability prior to arrival.

Departure times

Please vacate your pitch by 10:30 and return any borrowed cooking equipment to our campsite reception when you leave.

Ferry arrangements for 2022 have not yet been confirmed. Once they are, we will update this page with the necessary information. Please ensure you check here prior to your stay.

Ferries will depart from Brownsea Island in the morning between 10:00 and 12:00.

Minimum stay

Our minimum stay is 2 nights. 


We recommend coming by train, Poole Train station is a 20 minute walk from the Quay, with regular direct trains from London Waterloo.

There is no vehicle access available on Brownsea Island and access is by passenger ferry only. The nearest parking is the Quay visitors multi story car park - a 10-minute walk to the ferry at Poole Quay.

For up-to-date parking information, we recommend you check out the Borough of Poole website -


Dogs are not permitted on the island, other than assistance dogs however, you must notify us at time of booking if you are bringing an assistance dog with you.

Quiet please

We ask that our visitors are always considerate to their neighbours but ‘quiet please’ between 10:00pm and 7:30am.


We have a selection of pitches on Brownsea Island. We rotate use of our pitches and they are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. The rotation and use of our pitches is designed to support conservation of sensitive habitat in this nature reserve.

Special requests, including requests for specific sites or adjacent camping pitches, must be indicated to us at the time of booking. We will always do our best to honour them, but they cannot be guaranteed. Please note that tents must be pitched 6m apart from each other.

Groups/ Maximum occupancy

Adventure Camping is suitable for a maximum of 6 people per pitch/ booking. Family and friend groups and individuals are welcome, but our site is not suitable for stag, hen or birthday parties.

The only exception is for Scout and Guide group bookings for which there is a separate area suitable for groups of up to 60 camping at one time.


Due to the sensitive nature of Brownsea Island (being an area of high fire risk), we DO NOT PERMIT OPEN FLAMES OF ANY KIND including open fires, coal BBQs, liquid or solid fuel cookers/ trangias. Shared field kitchens with gas cookers are provided for all campers. Please do not bring candles, sparklers/fireworks or candle lanterns of any kind. Any liquid fuels are prohibited and will be confiscated if discovered. We encourage you to bring battery lamps and torches to use over night as there is no street lighting on Brownsea Island.


Cooking inside tents is NOT permitted and can be lethal due to carbon monoxide poisoning. Cooking shelters with open sides are provided for all campers. All cooking and heating equipment must be hired from us as safety checks have been completed on all items prior to use.


We ask you not to smoke inside tents or in cooking areas as it can be lethal. Cigarette butts must be fully extinguished and placed into a bin.

Problem or complaint

Every reasonable care will be taken to ensure that the camping pitch and site amenities are presented to a high standard. Should you find any cause for complaint, please immediately contact one of the campsite staff, so that reasonable steps can then be taken to rectify the problem. National Trust will not normally make any refunds in respect of complaints made after the Visitor’s departure from the campsite if the Visitor did not make the problem or complaint known to staff during the Visitor’s stay. If you supplied an email address at the time of booking, a survey will be emailed to you for your comments after your stay.

If you have an unresolved complaint at the end of your stay please contact:

Guest Relations Manager

National Trust Holidays, Heelis, Kemble Drive, Swindon, SN2 2NA,

Email address:

National Trust Members

Sadly, there are no reductions for members at our sites due to charity commission rules. However, please be assured that the money raised through the campsite will be put to good use supporting our conservation work locally.

Small print

In addition to the site rules above we also have some terms and conditions that apply to your booking. Please read through them below.


Each pitch will have access to a field kitchen where you can cook your meals. It is not permissible to carry camp cookers and fuel on our boats so please do not bring these with you for your stay.

To lighten your packing list, we also include in the price of your pitch the use of cooking equipment which we provide to you upon check in. This will include all the equipment you will need for cooking and preparing food, but you will need to bring your own personal items such as cutlery and crockery. We ask that you please wash up everything you use and return it to us in a clean and complete condition.

Campers pitch their tent

Camping terms and conditions 

Terms and conditions which apply to all National Trust campsite bookings.