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RNLI College Discovery Tour

West Quay Road | RNLI College, Poole BH15 1HZ, England
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Saturday 16th June 2018

Enjoyable 3+hours tour of the facilities, well worth the time with excellent demonstrations... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Alan R
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A guided tour of the training facility that is very informative and includes experiencing the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Keith T
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See how our volunteer crews and lifeguards are trained with a behind-the-scenes 90 minute tour of RNLI College.
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West Quay Road | RNLI College, Poole BH15 1HZ, England
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Enjoyable 3+hours tour of the facilities, well worth the time with excellent demonstrations including the Survival Centre, Simulator & Boat Building factory. RNLI staff doing the tours were excellent. Thanks

Thank Alan R
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

A guided tour of the training facility that is very informative and includes experiencing the lifeboat simulator. Our guide was interesting, knowledgable, entertaining and happy to answer all our questions. Going on this visit certainly makes you appreciate what training the RNLI volunteers have to...More

Thank Keith T
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Coming from a lifeboat town we decided to see where and how these brave men and women are trained whilst on holiday in Dorset. We were met at reception by our tour guide Brian who engaged with everybody on the tour and explained what we...More

Thank Farley587
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The tour of the college included a visit to the training pool area and hearing about the technology available to simulate bad weather conditions. The wave machine was running with some people in the pool testing life jackets out whilst we had our tour. We...More

Thank headcase10
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Reviewed 23 April 2018

Excellent tour of the college by a very informative guide who showed us how the crews are trained in this marvellous centre. The simulator experience was amazing and realistic. We had lunch afterwards in the Riggers Restaurant which was lovely. Great staff and good food.

Thank Helen T
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Reviewed 17 April 2018

Such an informative tour - We saw a little of how our brave volunteer crews are trained, experienced a "rescue" in the simulator, learned about the organisation itself - including funding and boat building - all in the magnificent surroundings of the college itself. A...More

Thank Jean B
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

This is a great tour for adults, children and families to enjoy. The RNLI does amazing work both here in the UK (and abroad - as you will discover....) Loaded with interesting facts and information from passionate volunteers plus the opportunity to boats being made,...More

Thank Malachi W
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Reviewed 27 February 2018

Ever wondered how a lifeboat is made or how our brave life Boat men and women are trained, then the RNLI tour is for you. Great for all ages, highly knowledgeable volunteer guides. Great gift shop, restaurant bar and tea room on site. Could be...More

Thank Jsailox
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Reviewed 19 February 2018 via mobile

Booked the tour as a family with our 5 year old son. The guide was very informative and clearly as a volunteer was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the RNLI. He made the tour personal telling stories as well as facts about the history of...More

Thank Ben N
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Reviewed 13 January 2018 via mobile

Fantastic tour by Nick and Judith. Great insight into the way the boats are built in Poole. Would definitely recommend to anyone who is interested in what goes on behind the scenes.More

Thank Kim S
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RNLI_Tours, Sales & Events at RNLI College Discovery Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 12 February 2018

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback following your recent tour of our All Weather Lifeboat Centre. I'm pleased to hear that you had an enjoyable time and you would recommend the visit to others. On behalf of the RNLI, I would like...More

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840donald
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Response from RNLI_Tours | Property representative |
Hello Yes, the tour is fully accessible for everybody. If you would like to book then please call us on 01202 336141. Kind regards Jo
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Hello My 6 year old great nephew was on the tour with us, he is very interested in boats so was quite happy. The tour lasts about an hour-and-a-half so the 2 year old may get a bit bored, there are some parts that could... More
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