Brownsea Island

Great Outdoors

Brownsea Island is the largest island in Poole Harbour and is owned by the National Trust. It is a beautiful area, famous for its rare red squirrels, and has spectacular views back across the mainland as far as the Purbeck Hills. Thriving natural habitats of woodland, heathland and a lagoon make the island a haven for wildlife, especially birds such as kingfishers, terns and oystercatchers.

Just a 20 minute ferry trip from Poole, the 500 acre island has some tranquil walks and children's adventure trails that are great for those who love exploring. The island is also known as the birthplace of the Scouting movement and has a Scouts and Guides activity centre. 


Places to visit nearby

Portsmouth is an historic port on the south coast of England, that has been home to the British Royal Navy for more than 800 years.

Cherbourg, in Normandy, is a port town with a seafaring history that is second to none.

Nearby attractions

One of the most beautiful beaches on the South Coast of England, Sanbanks Beach is a stunning expanse of fine golden sand, beside turquoise waters, on the Sandbanks peninsula.

Compton Acres is highly regarded as one of the most important gardens in England. Built in 1924, it is of late Victorian Mixed Style and has undergone extensive refurbishment over the last 8 years.

An area of sandy beach and heathland, Studland Beach and Nature Reserve is a wonderful slice of the South Britain coastline at Purbeck.