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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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  • August 19, 2017
    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 »
  • August 18, 2017
    I love Brownsea Island, a place of pure natural unspoilt beauty! Visit the peacocks and the beautiful gardens!  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    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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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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