The National Trust
Tel: 01202 707 744
Fax: 01202 701 635
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.
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
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
Tel: 012 0263 1828
From Poole Quay or Sandbanks
Tel: 019 294 6238 3
Boats for day visitors also operate from Bournemouth Pier and