Brownsea Island - National Trust

Brownsea Island - National Trust
Poole Harbour
BH15 1EE



Site Information

National Trust


0870 743 1907

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Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour has campsites and a cottage which are used by members of the Scout and Guide movements. These are all in the vicinity of the original campsite on the south shore used by Lord Baden-Powell for his experimental camp which led to the start of Scouting. This area is on lease to the Scout & Guide Association from the National Trust who own the Island

Venue Type:

Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

Please check before visiting.

Admission charges

Access to the site were Scouting and Guiding started is free but to gain access to the museum a fee to the National Trust is payable. These fees are £3.50 adults £1.50 Children

Collection details

Social History

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World War One Walk

  • 18 September 2014 2-3pm
  • 13 October 2014 11am-12pm

Come and join this free guided walk that explores the island's first world war connections in this centenary year.


Normal admission charges apply.

Heritage Open Days 2014: Brownsea Island

  • 13 September 2014

A peaceful island, famous for being the birthplace of Scouting and Guiding, 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 haven for wildlife, such as the rare red squirrel and a wide variety of birds, including dunlin, kingfishers, common and sandwich terns and oystercatchers. Visitors will be fascinated by the island's rich history including daffodil farming, pottery works and the birthplace of the Scouting and Guiding movement. The Baden-Powell Outdoor Centre invites you to follow in the footsteps of Lord Baden-Powell and the very first Scouts who camped here in 1907. So whether you love wildlife or just want to escape from the stresses of modern life, Brownsea is the perfect place to explore and enjoy throughout the year.


Please refer to the Heritage Open Days website for booking details and timings.