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Brownsea Island, Poole

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Island Wildlife Area
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. To visit Brownsea Island on your trip to Poole, use our Poole vacation generator.
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  • The Dorset Nature Reserve is really amazing. You get so close to the birds. We were lucky enough to be there as the sandwich terns were hatching. Also had a great tour of the reserve with Chloe from t...  more »
  • Had a few hours to spare so got the ferry then spent two hours walking round the island looking for red squirrels without success, went to the castle for some lunch and within five minutes of sitting ...  more »
  • A lovely day out, great boat trip to the island , national trust island, clean tidy.... and helpful staff... well maintained ...  more »

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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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