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Brownsea Island Ferries

Brownsea Island Ferry sailing past Brownsea Island


Poole’s famous yellow boats…

Lord Baden Powell went by yellow boat to found the Scout Movement 100 years ago. Why don't you do the same?

Friendly family business est.1887.  Poole's Oldest Boat Company with full bar and buffet facilities leaving from the Yellow Kiosks on Poole Quay & Sandbanks. 

Ferries to Brownsea Island
Take a trip over to this peaceful island in Poole Harbour. It’s an idyllic spot – a haven for wildlife, including a thriving population for the scarce and threatened red squirrel, wading birds and Sika deer. Explore woodlands and heath and stroll the cliffs and beaches with glorious views across the harbour to the Purbeck Hills.

Half hourly daily service in the main season from Sandbanks (next to chain ferry) and Poole Quay starting at 10.00am.

Sightseeing Cruises
Get the most of this wonderful stretch of coast by taking a relaxing and fun trip. Our cruises include the Old Harry, Swanage Bay & World Heritage Jurassic Coast cruise and lovely jaunt up the River Frome to historic Wareham, on a Wareham River Cruise.

Special Event Cruises
See spectacular events from a different perspective this summer!  Visit our website for information on Firework cruises and Bournemouth Air Festival cruises.

Special RSPB Bird Watching trips available.

Disabled Access
We welcome disabled customers on board our vessels, but for safe access a small degree of mobility is needed by everyone. Due to the jetty and vessel design, adults who use wheelchairs must be able to walk (assisted if necessary) just a few steps for access at boarding gates, as crews are not permitted to lift occupied wheelchairs.  Each wheelchair must be accompanied by an attendant to assist a disabled person in the event of an emergency on board.  We regret that electrically propelled wheelchairs will not be carried due to the difficulties that might arise in the event of an emergency requiring evacuation from the vessel.  In all cases, the number of wheelchairs that may be carried is at the absolute discretion of the vessel's Master.  Please see our website for further details.

Want to know more?
For all enquiries, including day trips, coach and group parties, weddings and private charters, please get in touch. We welcome college, youth and school groups and will be delighted to discuss Itineraries and rates with you.

HEAD OFFICE: Hethfleton Offices, Hethfelton, East Stoke, Wareham, Dorset BH20 6HJ.

Guide Prices

Please visit the website for details on cruise prices.
Tickets from the Yellow Kiosk on Poole Quay (BH15 1HJ) and Sandbanks - by the chain ferry (BH13 7QN).
Cash only accepted at Sandbanks.
Under 6's go free (not applicable in group bookings).

Opening Times

Opening (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)

* Some seasonal opening variations - please contact directly or check website.

The Quay
BH15 1HF
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Tel01929 462383


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Recent Reviews:

  • Cjay407
    Dorchester, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    The best way to get to Brownsea
    4 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 12th January 2019
    The best way to get you to the Island of Brownsea, reasonable price and fairly comfortable trip. Can get busy in the summer time. Read full review
  • thedealhunter2018
    Stratford City, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Take a short boat trip to the Beautiful Brownsea Island
    4 of 5 stars
    Friday, 18th January 2019
    This visit was actually in August 2016. Take a very pleasant short boat ride to Brownsea Island it's good value and they also offer various other cruises too. Read full review
  • Sharon W
    Bath, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Easy to use
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 26th February 2019
    Friendly obliging crew .plenty of seating both inside and out and the service was prompt and reasonably priced . Read full review

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Find us at Sandbanks and on the Quay at Poole Old Town – look for the Yellow Kiosk!

Using a Sat Nav? Here’s the postcodes you will need to find us: Poole Quay Yellow Kiosk – BH15 1HJ Sandbanks Yellow Kiosk – BH13 7QN Sandbanks Beach Car park – BH13 7QB

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