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“Red Squirrel!”
Review of Brownsea Island

Brownsea Island
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US$14.42*
and up
Poole Harbour and Island Cruise from Poole
Ranked #1 of 67 things to do in Poole
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Owned by the National Trust, 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 unique haven for wildlife, such as the rare red squirrel and a wide variety of birds, including dunlin, kingfishers, common and sandwich terns and oystercatchers. The Outdoor Centre invites you to come and follow in the footsteps of Lord Baden-Powell and the very first Scouts who camped here in 1907. Scout and Guide Groups can camp and get stuck in with activities such as archery and low ropes and we also offer Eco Adventure Camping as an opportunity for the general public to come and experience the great outdoors. 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.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Was a windy day but bright. The staff on the island are very friendly. My brother in law is wheelchair bound but you can book for a golf cart type vehicular that gives you a tour of the island. This was very informative and gave you a good view of the island and its history. The cafe is also reasonably priced with a good selection. I went for a quick on my own on a small loop and saw my first red squirrel with photo's to back it up! The peacocks were on fine form and display their plumage.
Nice experience and a great way to spend the afternoon.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lots to see, we are birdwatchers and several hides to see lots of birds. Nice cafe took a buggy ride 50 mins for people like my self who have walking difficulties. Such a nice lady volunteer so interesting to learn all about the history of the island. Just a donation. Have to pay to get onto island its national trust.boat trip good run every 20 mins

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our 5th year in a row visiting over easter. The staff have were friendly and helpful and the island is amazing. The children (13, 10, 8 and 5) has great fun exploring we saw several red squirrels

Thank HMC1981
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Family visit on a wet March day was great fun! Little boat ride across was especially appreciated by the youngster. Wonderful island to explore and we saw stacks of wildlife, including the famous red squirrels!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was pouring down but it didn't deter us. Very pleasant day. Took the boat from Poole harbour. 20 min crossing, longer on the way back as you get a mini cruise around Poole harbour with a factual running commentary. Walk the whole route on the island 2-3 hours. Information boards every now and then to tell you about the history of the place. Nice cafe. The orange cake was disappointing as it didn't taste of anything at all. Good cuppa tho’. NT shop etc... will return in autumn to see all the squirrels. Not many about in March.

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