To provide you with the best experience, cookies are used on this site. Find out more here.

Allow cookies

RNLI College

RNLI college view from water

About

Find out how our crews and lifeguards are trained with a behind the scenes 90 minute tour of the RNLI College. Conducted by our dedicated volunteer tour guides, tours cost just £7.50 per person or are free to College residents.

During your 90 minute guided tour, you will be given the chance to explore the RNLI College and its training facilities, including our world-class Sea Survival centre, which hosts the wave tank and Lifeboat simulator.

Tours take place daily Monday to Saturday at either 11am or 2.30pm (subject to volunteer availability). Booking in advance is necessary. Please contact reception to book your place on the College Discovery Tour on 01202 308500 or email reception@rnli.org.uk.

If you have a group of 15 or more people wanting to visit the College for a tour, please contact the College events team, open Monday to Saturday

Group Bookings (15+) available - please call.

Tours Take place at 11am and 2.30pm subject to Volunteer availabilty - Prebooking essential. Closed Christmas and New Year.

We also have the fantastic Riggers Restaurant that welcomes everyone for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Child (min 10 years)£2.50 per person per day
Per Tour£7.50 per ticket

Booking in advance is necessary. Please contact reception to book your place on the College Discovery Tour on 0300 300 7654 or reception@rnli.org.uk.

Opening Times

Tour Times (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Jan 2021)
DayTimes
Monday - Thursday11:00 - 12:30*
14:30 - 16:00*
Friday15:00 - 16:30*
Saturday11:00 - 12:30*
SundayClosed*
Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change
West Quay Road
Poole
Dorset
BH15 1HZ
Close window

Call direct on:

Tel0300 3007654

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
  • Certificate of Excellence 2019
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Excellent
    915
  • Very Good
    203
  • Average
    30
  • Poor
    5
  • Terrible
    4

Recent Reviews:

    Map & Directions

    Hide Facilities

    What's Nearby

    1. Twin Sails Lifting Bridge

      Poole's landmark structure and the first bridge of its type to be built in the world.

      0.17 miles away
    2. Poole Museum & Scaplen's Court

      Discover the story of Poole - Harbour, Town & People from prehistory to the 21st century.

      0.33 miles away
    3. Sea Music Sculpture

      Sea Music. located on Poole Quay is the only British public site specific sculpture made…

      0.33 miles away
    1. Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts

      Experience, explore, discover and join in with the arts at Lighthouse, the largest…

      0.48 miles away
    2. Poole Old Lifeboat Museum & Shop

      Housing one of Poole's historic lifeboats, Thomas Kirk Wright, the old boathouse offers…

      0.5 miles away
    3. Poole Speedway

      Poole Pirates are a motorcycle speedway team based in Poole, England, competing in the…

      0.49 miles away
    4. Poole Stadium Greyhound Racing

      Let's Go Racing... A great night out for all the family, enjoy your evening & cheer your…

      0.53 miles away
    5. Poole Park

      Just a short walk from the centre of town you'll discover a haven of peace and rare…

      0.92 miles away
    6. Upton Country Park

      Whatever the season, there's something for everyone - enjoy the wildlife along the…

      1.65 miles away
    7. Brownsea Island - National Trust

      Take a short boat trip from Poole Quay or Sandbanks to discover an island rich in…

      2.37 miles away
    8. Splashdown Poole

      Splashdown Poole is the South’s favourite all-action waterpark! Whatever the weather,…

      2.56 miles away
    9. Lemur Landings

      Lemur Landings is one of Dorset’s largest indoor soft play centres, it really is the…

      2.6 miles away
    10. Tower Park Leisure Complex

      At Tower Park, Poole, a galaxy of entertainment unfolds. With the Splashdown water park…

      2.62 miles away
    11. Compton Acres

      Enjoy over 10 acres of horticultural heaven with spectacular themed gardens, relax in the…

      2.94 miles away
    12. Farmer Palmer's Farm Park

      Farmer Palmer’s is the fabulous Farm Park where young adventurers can frankly ‘let their…

      4.42 miles away
    13. Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

      The Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum houses important collections of paintings,…

      5.2 miles away
    Previous Next