Brownsea Island
Famous for being the birthplace of Scouting and Guiding, Brownsea Island is a peaceful island consisting of woodland, wetland and heath with a wide variety of wildlife, including red squirrels, peacocks and deer.

Open Air Theatre has takes place on the island every summer.

'I had no idea I had such a delightful spot in my kingdom' Prince Regent 1818.
mid March to October
Daily, 10am to 5pm
Brownsea Island, Poole, Dorset BH13 7EE
Tel:01202 707744
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One of Britain's most important colonies of red squirrels, numbering about 250.
St Mary's church, built in 1854
Brownsea also has a small population of peacocks
Some excellent walks through the countryside and and along the coast with stunning sea views.
Brownsea Island is only accessible by boat. Ferry trips (not NT) depart from Poole Quay, Sandbanks Jetty, Bournemouth Pier and Swanage Pier. No dogs allowed, except access dogs.
The Villano Café
Accessible WCs loacted at Visitor Reception, the Visitor Cente and the Baden-Powell Outdoor Centre
Wheelchairs are available to hire for free from Visitor Reception. It is advisable to pre-book. Paths leading to the Visitor Centre are fairly level and smooth. Beyond that the island tracks are rough in places and can be difficult to negotiate.
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Visitor centre
Brownsea Island Quay
Below: This Stone commemorates the experimental camp of 20 boys held on this site from 1st - 9th August 1907 By Robert Baden Powell later Lord Baden Powell of Gilwell, Founder of the Scout and Guide Movement
Brownsea Island