Brownsea Castle is a mid 16th century square blockhouse protected by a moat which was built on Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour. It was renovated during the 19th century as a stunning residence, sadly though, it was badly damaged by fire in 1895. It has however, been rebuilt and is now used exclusively by the John Lewis Partnership
The island is owned by the National Trust and is open during the months of April - September. Many boat trips of Poole harbour leave from Poole quayside. A boat trip is possibly the best way to see Brownsea Island.