Brownsea Island

Brownsea islandContact details:

Group visits
The National Trust
Brownsea Island
BH13 7EE
Tel: 01202 492161
Fax: 01202 701 635
Email: brownseagroupbooking@nationaltrust.org.uk
Website:  www.nationaltrust.org.uk/brownsea.

Brownsea Island, the birthplace of Guiding and Scouting, is set in Poole Harbour, Dorset. It is managed by the National Trust and consists of 500 acres of wild woodland.

Opened in 2007, the Baden-Powell Outdoor Centre on the south-west corner of the island provides 50 acres of camping. There is indoor hostel accommodation for up to 24 people in South Shore Lodge. In addition to toilets, showers and amenities, you will find the new Scout and Guide Trading Post and Heritage Centre, which is staffed daily by volunteers.

Opening times

The island is open from the beginning of April until the end of October (for camping, until the end of September). 

Use the contact details above to request an information pack, which includes current prices, comprehensive site and activity information, and booking forms.

Boats to Brownsea Island

Boats run frequently from Poole and Sandbanks throughout the season. Contact the ferry companies direct for bookings and information – their contact details are shown below. Group discounts are available with special rates for campers. 

Please note that there are restrictions on the carrying of luggage and equipment. 
Both the National Trust and the ferry companies now operate cargo boats to transport all your equipment. It is important that you discuss your needs with the National Trust and/or ferry companies in advance of your visit.

From Poole Quay
Greenslades Pleasure Boats
Tel: 012 0263 1828

From Poole Quay or Sandbanks
Brownsea Island Ferries
Tel: 019 294 6238 3

Boats for day visitors also operate from Bournemouth Pier and Swanage.

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