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.
What makes it special
- Family adventure
- Stunning views and interesting wildlife
- Visit the world famous First Camp site of Scouting
Limited by the boat service from Poole or Sandbanks (mid-March to autumn half-term)
Adult - £7.50 (with Gift Aid £8.40)
Child - £3.75 (with Gift Aid £4.20)
Family - £18.75 (with Gift Aid £21.00)
(x1 adult and x3 children) - £11.25 (with Gift Aid £12.60)
Other things to do nearby
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Uncover the secrets of Dorset's iconic medieval monument and discover how royalty, warfare and nature have shaped the castle.
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Opened in 1967, the Mowlem Theatre is situated on the sea front at Swanage and has over 200 film productions a year as well as 60-100 nights of live theatre.
A friendly, colourful seaside town with an award winning beach, amazing chalk pillars of Old Harry's Rocks and a very English Victorian pier.
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Cycling is very popular in Dorest, thatched villages and quiet lanes make it easy to get off the beaten track and explore the tranquil terrain. Here the pace is leisurely and the going is easy.
There are some great routes including Chalk Ridge between Corfe Castle and Old Harry Rocks, it's quite steep at first but suitable for all levels and there's stunning views on either side.
160 rescued and endangered apes and monkeys including chimps and orangutans. Talks throughout the day and Great Ape play area for kids. Visit the website
Our exhibitions tell the story of armoured warfare from World War One to the present day.
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Get back to nature and stride out on foot to explore the beauty of this part of the country.
This lovely area is great for water sports. The Jurassic Kayak Tours offer accompanied treks past Durdledoor and to the East and West of the cove.