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Brownsea Island

The perfect day’s adventure, this island wildlife sanctuary is easy to get to but feels like another world from the moment you step ashore.

The island sits in the middle of Poole Harbour, with dramatic views to the Purbeck Hills. Thriving natural habitats, including woodland, heathland and a lagoon, have created havens for wildlife, such as the red squirrel and a huge variety of birds.

The island is rich in history too, which is revealed in our Visitor Centre. There are the remains of daffodil farming, pottery works and the village of Maryland to explore, or head to the Outdoor Centre to find out more about the birthplace of the Scouting and Guiding movement.

Families can make the most of their day too, with activities including tree-climbing trails, Tracker Packs and a natural play area. We also host special events, walks, talks, Brownsea Open-Air Theatre and daily introductory walks and buggy tours for less-mobile visitors (booking essential).

The Villano Cafe and Brownsea Island Shop are open until the last boat leaves the island.

We also offer a bookable landing craft, The Seahorse, for those visitors who use wheelchairs, along with an electric buggy service and all terrain wheelchairs and pushchairs for hire on the island.

Brownsea Island Ferries can be caught from Sandbanks Jetty or Poole Quay

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