Information for families in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

Brownsea Island

Brownsea Island is dramatically located in Poole Harbour, with spectacular views across to the Purbeck Hills.

Thriving natural habitats - including woodland, heathland and a lagoon - create a haven for wildlife, such as the rare red squirrel and a wide variety of birds, including  dunlin, kingfishers, common and sandwich terns and oystercatchers.

Visitors will be fascinated by the island's rich history, for as well as boasting daffodil farming and pottery works, it was the birthplace of the Scouting and Guiding movement. The campsite and hostel are open to all recognised youth and educational groups. Sailing, canoeing, archery, orienteering, conservation work and more are all available on the island.

Don't miss

  • Get wild about wildlife with a family Tracker Pack
  • Visit the Outdoor Centre and Scout stone
  • Look out for pottery remains on the seashore
  • Enjoy peace, tranquillity and breathtaking coastal views
  • Watch avocets, terns and godwits on the lagoon
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Venue/Contact Details
Brownsea Island
Poole Harbour
BH13 7EE
Area coverage
Pan Dorset
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  • Refreshment / Snacks
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Meals Provided
  • Pushchair and Pram Accessible
  • Accessible Toilet
  • Baby Changing Facilities
  • Equipment Hire
Times and Costs
Opening times:
Full season opening is from mid March to early November. The island is open 10am - 5pm., ;Out of season we are open to booked groups only
Further opening details:
  • Afternoon
  • Morning
  • Daily
  • All Year Round
Adult: £6.80 Child: £3.45 Family (2 adults, 3 children): £17.10 Family (1 adult, 3 children): £10.30 Group rates (15 people or more) Adult: £5.00 Child: £2.50 Subject to 2015 increases, please contact to check.
Other Costs:
Ferry fare (not National Trust) applies to all visitors.
Ages, Booking Details and Referral Information
Booking Information:
For group bookings, telephone 01202 492161.