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Brownsea Island

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Brownsea Castle Brownsea Island, Poole BH13 7EE, England
+44 1202 707744
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Former private island complete with castle built by Henry VIII is now a wildlife sanctuary containing one of the last red squirrel colonies in Britain.
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Brownsea Castle Brownsea Island, Poole BH13 7EE, England
+44 1202 707744
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Reviewed yesterday

We spent all day on Brownsea Island on Tuesday, going over on the first ferry and back on the last. We decided to visit the Dorset Wildlife Trust area first and, taking the boardwalk close to the lagoon, immediately saw a red squirrel beside the...More

Thank Belvedere007
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We spent 6 hours here on a beautiful summers day, although a small island I didn't seem crowded at all. Staff were friendly and helpful. We loved it and would go again.

Thank Paul M
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We've visited before so decided to go again. It's a small beautiful unspoilt island. Very green and lush with the added bonus of red squirrels. As birdwatchers we appreciate the no dogs policy. The large wildlife trust nature reserve is well worth taking binoculars for....More

Thank Jenny C
Reviewed 3 days ago

If you want to get away from it all take a trip to Brownsea Island - home to the red squirrel - and spend a day exploring the island. There are great views of Poole Harbour and the Purbeck coast and plenty to see on...More

1  Thank davquayle
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Brownsea Island is beautiful with lots to see. But once you've paid £6.50 for the ferry then £7.70 to enter it is fairly pricey. Especially for families.

Thank Kayleigh L
Reviewed 4 days ago

Due to our Guernsey trip being cancelled at the very last minute, we were at a loss about what to do. We saw that there were trips to Brownsea Island and decided that that was the trip for us. I am so glad that we...More

1  Thank darius1957
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Brownsea island is beautiful with some amazing wildlife and scenery. We parked in the National Trust car park at Studland and got the chain ferry across which was £1 each way per person. The tickets for the Brownsea Island ferry were £10.75 per adult and...More

1  Thank Broughts
Reviewed 5 days ago

Missed seeing any wildlife, and I really wanted to see squirrels or deer, never mind I will have to return again

Thank alibear659
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Dorset Nature Reserve is really amazing. You get so close to the birds. We were lucky enough to be there as the sandwich terns were hatching. Also had a great tour of the reserve with Chloe from the Dorset Nature Reserve. Her passion and...More

1  Thank Carol H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a few hours to spare so got the ferry then spent two hours walking round the island looking for red squirrels without success, went to the castle for some lunch and within five minutes of sitting down saw a red squirrel running across the...More

Thank Stephen S
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Is there a hotel on brownsea island
18 June 2017|
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Response from Nik H | Reviewed this property |
afraid not all the accommodation there is for the island rangers only
Bella C
Are dogs on leads aloud on the ferry/island? Thanks
26 May 2017|
Response from Nikkiandfamily | Reviewed this property |
No, dogs are definately not permitted We have two dogs and found out they are not allowed on or off the lead,
how wheelchair friendly is it going to the island
25 May 2017|
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Response from mariapiadellicarri | Reviewed this property |
Yes they are.. I remember i saw wheelchair in the back of the national trust office...