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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. To visit Brownsea Island on your trip to Poole, use our Poole vacation generator.
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  • A perfect little idyll. I'd thoroughly recommend a visit - get the boat over from the harbour and spend a happy afternoon exploring our British beauty. 
  • The day starts with the ferry trip to the island either from Poole Harbour or Sandbanks. This is operated by an independent company and is nothing to do with the National Trust who are guardians of th...  more »
  • Lovely to walk around the island , spot the red squirrels . Feed peacocks and picnic, visit the coffee shop for a cuppa. 
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  • Beautiful island with some lovely woodland walks. You can really tell that a lot of care is taken over the maintenance of the island. There is some wonderful views of the sea from high vantage points. One of the highlights for me is the boat trip to and from the island.
  • Well worth making a holiday out of it. Extremely seclusive and serene island renowned for its red squirrels. Great ferry trip across, can easily spend a whole day here.
  • 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 😊😊😊
  • 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 .
  • 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.