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Brownsea Island, Poole

Categories: Islands, Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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4.6/5 based on 1,400+ reviews on the web
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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  • A unique experience, walking around the island, especially in Autumn when the Red Squirrels are busy . 
  • I hadn't visited here since I was a kid and I wish I hadn't left it so long. I picked a nice sunny day which really helped my enjoyment I'm sure. We had lunch at the restaurant, my other half was enco...  read more »
  • We have loved going to brownsea on many occassions. We take hazelnuts and sit up on top of hill behind church , scatter nuts and wait for the red squirrels. We then take wonderful photographs of the r...  read more »
  • This has to be my favourite place in England. This island has so many different habitats in such a small place, yet it's big enough that it's still tranquil. Since I first visited in 2007, I must have been 5 or 6 times and each time we find a new place or something new to see. On our most recent visit we chose to explore the part managed by the Dorset Wildlife Trust and it was wonderful. It's so quiet there and because it's mostly woodland, it feels like a different island. There are of course the red squirrels, but also lots of different plant and bird species to be easily seen. Wonderful views of the harbour from the island. The harbour tour on the way back to Poole also really adds to the experience. There are buggies that can be loaned, which are better than a standard buggy at dealing with the island. However, they fall short because the front wheel is fixed - meaning you can't turn left and right without tilting the buggy onto its rear wheels. There's also a land train tour that makes the island more accessible - I haven't been on myself, but may try it in the future. Can't wait to do back!
  • Well worth visiting a lovely island with a beautiful church on. Beautiful far reaching views everything you need for a really good day out. Nice cafe very friendly people also a lovely boat trip over 😊😊😊
  • Pretty nice. Boat ride over is tranquil and the island is nice. Interesting historical values as it's where Baden Powell founded the Scouts and best part is the red squirrels! They're smaller than grey squirrels and so cute! They only live on Brownsea Island after they were made extinct on the mainland by grey squirrels.
  • I have visited the island in 2012, 2014, and will be spending another 2 nights on the island where Scouting all started this coming July2016 once again with the Pacific Explorers Scouting Group from Victoria BC , Canada . Such a well kept and Beautiful island ! Looking forward to another great visit also to the Scout shop .
  • The birthplace of scouting and a beautiful day trip destination :) only drawback is that you have to pay for a ferry across and then pay again at the island to gain entry... Also no dogs allowed
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