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Historical tour & cream tea in Brownsea Castle

Listen to fascinating tales of Brownsea's past on this guided walk. Enjoy exclusive access into the castle for a cream tea before heading back on the last boat of the day.

  • Booking essential

Discover the intriguing history of Brownsea Island with one of our knowledgeable guides, who will take you on a journey back in time. Learn about the castle's eccentric past residents, royalty, and farming community. Brownsea Castle, run by the John Lewis Partnership is allowing limited access to the public. The walks are available on the third Tuesday of the month (except August).

For any visitors already staying on the island and wishing to attend the event (e.g camping guests), please contact the Brownsea Island office at for additional information before booking.



Event ticket prices

Ticket typeTicket category
Adult National Trust members£34.50
Adult Non-members£44.50

The basics

Booking details

Call 0344 249 1895


Not suitable for children

Meeting point

Meet in the courtyard outside visitor reception (please ask upon arrival)

What to bring and wear

Wear sturdy footwear and outdoor clothing paying special attention to recent weather conditions.


Please note that the price of the event includes boat fare and entry fee (Entry fee applies to non-members only). Visitors may hop on any boat running in the morning to enjoy the island Please check website for boat times from Poole Quay (changeable in and out of season)

Contact info

National Trust Central Box Office

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