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Brownsea Island, Poole

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In 1907, the first camp of the Boy Scout movement took place on Brownsea Island. Reach this historic campsite by public ferry. When you arrive, make your first stop the visitor's center. There you'll learn about the island's history and sites that shouldn't be missed during your visit, such as the castle. Shakespeare is performed at the Brownsea Open Air Theatre during the good weather months. Hike through the island's woodlands, filled with conifers and deciduous trees, and include a trek around the two freshwater lakes. It's the natural wonders of the island that drew Boy Scouts here over 100 years ago to hone their survival skills. Before you visit Poole, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.
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  • Absolutely lovely place but no animals today. Visit late September for red squirrels. The trails are well looked after, call into the church. The ferry ride over is lovely  more »
  • I love Brownsea Island, a place of pure natural unspoilt beauty! Visit the peacocks and the beautiful gardens!  more »
  • very tranquil and relaxing place but only accessible by boat. Take the ferry to the island and there is a castle - no cars allowed just foot passengers and you can browse around. Fun day out for all t...  more »
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  • Ferry is £10.75 from Poole Quay. The trip to the island takes about 20 minutes. When you arrive if you are a National Trust member it's free entry...if not its another charge for entry. Once you get onto the island its an easy walk to most places. The church is a nice stop off point. Loads of different wildlife to spot on your walk. Don't forget to check out the scouts stone.
  • Always a great trip. Beautiful views and scenery. A great boat trip there and back. Busy red squirrels in the autumn
  • Great day trip with a picnic. Perfect for kids to run around, and nice and quiet, even on an August bank holiday weekend! (Just be aware the ferry back to Poole takes about an hour because of the tour you're forced to sit through)
  • Beautiful island. Would not recommend visiting it on rainy days. Also, download the Google Maps offline maps just in case. There could be more signposts along the trails.
  • Good value for money especially if you're a member of the National Trust. The boat back to Poole usually does a tour round first, so extra for your boat fare.

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Where to stay in Poole

Consider renting an apartment inside a redeveloped warehouse in Poole's quay. This area is full of attractions and views over the port, where boats leave for cruises to nearby islands. The town center and the harbor are near each other, and lodging is available in both areas.
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