Brownsea Island

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.

Visit the National Trust website, or the Visit Dorset website, or the Dorset Wildlife Trust website

See the Scouting History website and the Scouts Fact Sheet details

What makes it special

  • Family adventure
  • Stunning views and interesting wildlife
  • Visit the world famous First Camp site of Scouting

Opening Times

Limited by the boat service from Poole or Sandbanks (mid-March to autumn half-term)

See the Brownsea Island Ferries website, or the Greenslade Pleasure Boats website


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)

Hostels nearby

YHA Swanage

YHA Swanage

Free parking on premises
Cycle store

Brownsea Island

Poole, Dorset, BH13 7EE

Map references

OS Map: 195, and Explorer OL15

OS Grid Ref: SZ019879

Lat/Lng: 50.691251, -1.973901

Contact information

Email: [email protected]

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