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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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  • I've wanted to see these little creatures for many years. A beautiful island approached by a small ferry. We have a disabled friend who uses a wheelchair but this was no problem on the ferry although ...  more »
  • Great place, when here for the Fungi Foray tour! Will highly recommend it, even just for a day trip this place is amazing.  more »
  • A lovely trip by ferry across Poole Harbour to reach Brownsea Island. With my NT membership I didn't have to pay to access. Then time to stroll around the island stopping at the Baden Powell stone com...  more »
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  • Great secluded little spot a step into another world. but the £7 ferry ride to get there a little steep. The car park is not very well explained spent £4.50 to use a ferry i didnt even need to take .
  • Such a beautiful trip, use the map they provide and go to the small beach they have. It's so beautiful. Be aware that you pay a small fee once you get on the island.
  • I want an island like this all of my own.. Keep dreaming. 😂
  • Beautiful place, .Lots to see and do would recommend if in the area!!
  • One of most the pleasant weekends away I have ever had.
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