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Dorset

Brownsea Island

Famous for red squirrels, wildlife and Scouting

Poole Harbour, Poole, Dorset, BH13 7EE

An aerial view of Brownsea Island, Dorset. Brownsea Island sits in the middle of Poole Harbour.

Important notice

Brownsea Island is currently closed to day visitors, the holiday homes and bunkhouse are still open for guests. We will re-open on Sat 16 March 2024.

Planning your visit

Brownsea Island yellow ferry coming into dock on Brownsea Island
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Visiting Brownsea Island from Poole Quay 

In this article you'll find all you need to know to plan your visit to Brownsea, including how to get here by ferry.

Enterprise boat moored at jetty with people walking down the jetty.
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Visiting Brownsea Island from Sandbanks 

Find ferry information about the Sandbanks Jetty boat service connecting Sandbanks to Brownsea Island and more details about the Sandbanks Jetty project.

Visitors leaving the Seahorse ferry boat on Brownsea Island, Poole Harbour, Dorset
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Accessible Brownsea 

To ensure as many people as possible can enjoy the island, discover how we're making Brownsea accessible to all.

Children on a school trip at East Riddlesden Hall, West Yorkshire
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Visiting Brownsea Island with a group 

Brownsea Island is a popular destination for groups, so we've put together this article to help you plan your day, with information on how to book your visit.

Visitors on a guided nature walk on Brownsea Island, Poole Harbour, Dorset

Events at Brownsea Island 

Search our upcoming events including seasonal trails, walks as well as other opportunities to experience Brownsea Island out of hours.

The lagoon behind Agent's House, Brownsea Island, Poole, Dorset

Visiting Dorset Wildlife Trust 

National Trust members and non-members may also visit the Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) area on Brownsea Island. A suggested donation of £2 applies if you're not a member of DWT. If visiting as a DWT member and you wish to explore the National Trust area, you'll need to pay the National Trust admission fee.