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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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  • Our first visit for a couple of years. It was cold but we knew that before we went!! Good sightings of wading birds, red squirrels and Muntjac Dear. Cafe a bit limited but we had a nice lunch. Staff o...  more »
  • It was nice and quiet at this time of year, which gave us a much better chance of seeing the infamous red squirrel! The Ferry is a bit pricey but definitely worth it for the island itself. It is defin...  more »
  • The island is rather lovely at this time of year because it is a little quieter than high summer. Keep your eyes peeled & you are almost sure to see a red squirrel or two. It is worth a visit to the D...  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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