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Brownsea Island is a small island located in Poole Harbour in the county of Dorset. It is the largest of eight islands in the harbour and several historic buildings on the island, including a castle and a village, were built in the early 20th century by the wealthy philanthropist Lord Baden-Powell as a training ground for the Scout movement. These buildings are open to the public and offer a glimpse into the history of the island and the Scout movement.

The island is also home to a variety of birds, including herons, egrets, and swans, as well as several species of deer. It is also home to the largest population of red squirrels in Southern England!

To visit Brownsea Island, visitors can take a ferry from the town of Poole. Ferries depart regularly from Poole Quay and the journey to the island takes about 20 minutes. There are also several guided tours available, which provide visitors with more information about the history and wildlife of the island.

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Open hours today: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Monday

    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Tuesday

    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Wednesday

    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Thursday

    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Friday

    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Saturday

    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Sunday

    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • April 23, 2024 10:09 pm local time

    The information on Monty's Guide website is advisory and some places have restricted access during temporary closures or special event days. Please be sure to check the website of the place you intend to visit before travelling

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For further information regarding our opening hours, and how to visit Brownsea Island, please visit our website.

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