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WW2 Dunkirk Little ship (lifeboat) in residence

The Old Lifeboat museum is a former Lifeboat Station for Poole. It has served the town well for... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Fascinating Facts

This is an old boathouse, built in 1882, and although small has a wealth of fascinating facts and... read more

Reviewed 5 November 2018
Surrey, United Kingdom
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Poole Old Lifeboat Museum and Shop | Fisherman's Dock, Poole, England
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Old Lifeboat museum is a former Lifeboat Station for Poole. It has served the town well for over 80 yrs Poole had had a lifeboat station in the town now for over 152 yrs. This museum houses RNLB Thomas Kirk Wright a Dunkirk Little...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank SaraK1555
Reviewed 5 November 2018

This is an old boathouse, built in 1882, and although small has a wealth of fascinating facts and artefacts on display. Primarily it is the Thomas Kirk Wright lifeboat. One of only two surviving Surf class lifeboats and built in 1938 at Cowes on the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Ashsaw
Reviewed 28 October 2018

visited here at the weekend and found this little gem at the quay, free admission and lots of historical facts and old lifeboat inside

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 18 October 2018

It maybe small but was very interesting. We should all support such a good cause. We should all help and support the RLI if you can

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Tony A
Reviewed 9 September 2018

Wifey and I spent quite a while inside, even though it isn't that big, but there is so much to look at and read! A real insight into days gone by and some of the incredible rescues carried out by the crews...... and the entrance...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Keith T
Reviewed 25 August 2018

Interesting little place, the old slipways nearby just add to the age of the place. In and out job this one :)

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 10 August 2018 via mobile

A very interesting museum with lots to look at plus entrance go's to a very good cause. Also has a small shop

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank Ryan G
Reviewed 10 August 2018

This museum is a fantastic glimpse back in RNLI Poole history. If you are interested in the RNLI, boats or Poole you will find this museum very intersting. The visit will only take around 10 to 15 minutes and is run by some fantastic and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 8 August 2018 via mobile

Because of the R.N.L.I. College this has been put on the back burner, but well worth a visit if you are visiting Poole, Dorset

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Jeremyjem10
Reviewed 28 July 2018

Came across this as we were walking along the harbour walk last week. Fascinating half an hour looking at an old Lifeboat and reading about the history and fantastic life saving feats carried out Worth a visit to support such a fantastic service

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Windymiller186
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31 August 2016|
Response from John W | Reviewed this property |
It is open daily between April and early December 10am-4pm. This is subject to staff availability.