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RNLI College Discovery Tour

West Quay Road | RNLI College, Poole BH15 1HZ, England
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Excellent tour of the college by a very informative guide who showed us how the crews are trained... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Helen T
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
Excellent insight to the RNLI and all that it entails.

Such an informative tour - We saw a little of how our brave volunteer crews are trained... read more

Reviewed 17 April 2018
Jean B
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Woking, United Kingdom
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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 4 weeks ago

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.

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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

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Reviewed 26 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

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Reviewed 18 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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Reviewed 11 January 2018

Our tour guide was excellent. The simulator is a real eye opener into just how the weather can change and what it must be like for the RNLI.people. the talk,film and tour of the training pool was really interesting. You come away feeling very humbled...More

Thank Marjoram46
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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 such lovely feedback following your recent tour of the RNLI Training College in Poole. I'm pleased to hear that you had an enjoyable tour and I shall be sure to share your lovely review with the team....More

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Reviewed 5 January 2018 via mobile

The Discovery tour was excellent with a great insight into the RNLI. The volunteer tour guide was very knowledgeable. Simulator was fantastic. A great tour for all the family, highly recommend!More

Thank Frances T
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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 such lovely feedback following your recent tour of the RNLI College in Poole. I'm pleased to hear that you had an enjoyable tour and I will pass on your kind comments to the volunteer tour guide who...More

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Reviewed 19 November 2017

What a fabulous way to explore the work of the RNLI. The College has world class facilities including a pool where crew train for emergencies at sea - all types of weather conditions can be experienced with lifeboats upturned, practice for winching out and so...More

Thank NAK2012
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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 such lovely feedback following your recent tour of the RNLI Training College in Poole. I'm pleased to hear that you had such an enjoyable visit. I will ensure that your review is shared with our volunteer team....More

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Reviewed 7 November 2017

We stumbled across the RNLI College by pure chance. Having a long standing family connection to the RNLI crew at Selsey it was a no brainer to go on the tour. The tour guide Michael was extremely knowledgeable with a good sense history and humour....More

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840donald
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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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