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RNLI College Discovery Tour

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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
+44 1202 308500
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Reviewed 20 November 2018

We did the Discovery Tour today whilst visiting relative, just brilliant! Starts of with the history of the organisation and rapidly widens to the breadth of the boats, why they are chosen, how they are used and how the College has evolved over recent years....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Margaret D
Reviewed 10 November 2018 via mobile

Very interesting insight into how the RNLI works. The simulator was brilliant. The view from the restaurant and bar is great.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank SueHuxtable
Reviewed 8 November 2018

In my opinion this is a tour everyone should take. The RNLI are all volunteers - on call 24/7 - a fantastic group of people - REAL UNSUNG HEROES. BLESS THEM ALL. Vera Mason

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank VeraBurt
Reviewed 7 November 2018 via mobile

Visited with friends, a great find in Poole. Use as a meeting place as easy to find, has car parking, really good facilities for elderly and disabled. Often find people are surprised to know it is open to public. I can pop in for breakfast,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank SaraK1555
Reviewed 4 November 2018 via mobile

We thoroughly recommend doing this tour with Michael. He was professional, efficient and funny, entertaining and patient. We had no idea how much goes on behind the scenes and enjoyed every minute. The simulator was exciting.More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Adrienne43
RNLI_Tours, Manager at RNLI College Discovery Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 5 November 2018

On behalf of the RNLI, I would like to thank you for supporting the RNLI Saving Lives at Sea and we look forward to welcoming you back again on your next visit to Poole. You can also visit our world class centre of excellence in...More

Reviewed 26 October 2018

We recommend this tour as it gives a great insight into the full expanse of RNLI activities and aims. The chance to try the simulator was an unexpected experience. The on site bar and restaurant also produced great food when we decided to stay for...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 14 October 2018

The visit was fantastic and the guided tour was most informative and the group was informed of activities the they never knew the RNLI was involved in. An Excellent way to spend a forenoon.Rounded off with lovely food during the lunch period.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Dick M
Reviewed 29 September 2018

You can make a complete day of it if you like - there is an excellent cafeteria and you can buy extension tickets to go into the workshops (rather than seeing them from a viewing area) in the evening. The guides are good. Do not...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Mike G
RNLI_Tours, Manager at RNLI College Discovery Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 5 November 2018

Thank you for taking the time to provide such lovely feedback following your recent tour of the RNLI Training College in Poole. I'm pleased to hear that we delivered over and above your expectations and shall be sure to share your lovely review with the...More

Reviewed 27 September 2018 via mobile

A 90 minute tour of the training facility. Very interesting. Informative guide. 4 of the group were invited to crew the simulator- very realistic experience.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank jackiembullard
Reviewed 20 September 2018 via mobile

We did the discovery tour this morning which we really enjoyed, we were escorted round by Chris, he did a great job, his knowledge of the RNLI was first class and answered all the questions asked by the group. The highlight of the tour for...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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10 August 2018|
Response from RNLI_Tours | Property representative |
Apologies for the delay in responding. You can contact our reception team on 0300 300 7654. We look forward to welcoming you to the RNLI College
Helen B
1 August 2018|
Response from RNLI_Tours | Property representative |
Hi Helen as we are a working environment we only allow assistance dogs on site. We hope you will still be able to visit us Tours Team
5 October 2017|
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