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Brownsea Island

A wildlife reserve in Dorset, famous for its red squirrel population

Get back to nature and discover rare wildlife on this stunning island located in Poole Harbour.

Brownsea Island makes the perfect place to relax, explore and try some new activities. Renowned as one of the few remaining places in the UK where red squirrels still thrive in the wild, you can be sure of a day filled with excitement and discovery in an idyllic setting.

A haven for wildlife, enjoy a peaceful stroll along the beach or through the woodlands and be transported to another time. There’s even a lagoon to discover.

Thinking of visiting? Merley Court Holiday Park and Swanage Coastal Park are both easily reachable from Brownsea Island.

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  • Regular ferries from Poole Harbour and Sandbanks
  • Visit the Tudor Castle
  • Nature reserve
  • Famous for red squirrels
  • 20-minute drive from Merley Court Holiday Park and Swanage Coastal Park, or 25 minutes from Wilksworth Caravan Park
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What can you discover on Brownsea Island?

Red Squirrels & Nature Reserve

Red Squirrels & Nature Reserve

Stunning scenery from the moment you step ashore.

Here you can discover some of the rarer species that call the UK home. There’s plenty for families too and children can get involved in the tree-climbing trails or blow off some steam in the natural play area.

The nature reserve makes the perfect place for exploring, allowing children to feel free, and the surrounding countryside provides a breath-taking backdrop for your day out, with dramatic views of the Purbeck hills and Poole Harbour

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  • Free guided walks and tours every day
  • Natural play area
  • See rare wildlife and wading birds
  • Famously home to red squirrels
  • Countryside views
  • Perfect for picnics
  • Woodland trails
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See red squirrels in the wild | Brownsea Island


Discover scenic walks and get back in touch with nature | Brownsea Island

Brownsea Castle

Brownsea Castle

Visit the unique Grade II listed building dating back to the 16th century.

Over the years Brownsea Castle has seen many changes, updates and renovations, giving it a unique appearance full of colours and materials.

  • The blockhouse castle overlooks the harbour
  • Tranquil gardens
Brownsea Island House Summer

Explore the stunning castle grounds | Brownsea Island


Browsnea Castle Gardens | Brownsea Island

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