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RNLI College Discovery Tour

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Address: RNLI College | West Quay Road, Poole BH15 1HZ, England
Phone Number: 01202 336142
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Description: See how our volunteer crews and lifeguards are trained with a...
See how our volunteer crews and lifeguards are trained with a behind-the-scenes 90 minute tour of RNLI College.Tours cost £7.50 for adults and £2.50 for children aged 10 - 16.
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A great experience

A really good and extremely interesting discovery tour, a must do if you have a couple of hours. Our guide was really fantastic (thanks Steve), we went there as a family and our 3... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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Langon, France
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Hedge End, United Kingdom
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133 reviews 133 reviews
54 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

I am a supporter of the RNLI so when I heard about this tour I knew I had to go on it. The tour costs £7.50 for 1.5 hours although ours lasted closer to 2 hours. We did the tour on a Saturday when there wasn't any training taking place in the pool but we did get to go on... More 

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Langon, France
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44 reviews 44 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

A really good and extremely interesting discovery tour, a must do if you have a couple of hours. Our guide was really fantastic (thanks Steve), we went there as a family and our 3 children really enjoyed it. A great tour and a great organisation! Thanks again.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

I love everything about the RNLI and having the opportunity to have a tour of there collage was something I couldn't pass up. £7.50 for 1 1/2 hours is a bargain even though I got 2 1/2 hours in total. We got to watch the crews training in the pool with all the effects of wave machine and storm conditions... More 

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Cambdridge
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5 reviews 5 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We have just returned from an amazing week end and experience. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff and they were always smiling, the rooms were ultra clean, the catering must have been 5 star. Any one who supports these brave men should try this, we tried nearly all of last year to be able to book in and... More 

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Lincolnshire
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

This is such an interesting tour - just £7.50 for a very full 90 minutes (by the time we finished, it was closer to 2 hours). Our guide was interesting, enthusiastic and amusing - and, like so many others, was a volunteer. We saw all round the college and heard the history of it, we saw the big pool they... More 

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

This was an excellent tour around the RNLI HQ & College. The highlight was being in a simulator as 3 of our group took the seats for the Coxswain, Helmsman & Navigator as the Lifeboat went to the aid of a stricken ship on fire. The sea conditions & helicopters helping in the rescue were all simulated which made it... More 

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RNLI_Tours, Sales & Events at RNLI College Discovery Tour, responded to this review

Dear Susan D, Thank you for your review on Tripadvisor following your visit to the RNLI College in Poole. I'm pleased to hear that you had an enjoyable time on the tour and you were able to experience the fascinating Lifeboat Bridge Simulator. I hope that no one in your group felt too sea sick! Our tour guides are a... More 

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5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Really interesting and enjoyable. Piloted a lifeboat for the rescue of a stricken tanker on fire in the English channel, got to see lifeguards training in the tank (indoor training pool) with the waves etc all going on. Very informative and I felt good value :)

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RNLI_Tours, Sales & Events at RNLI College Discovery Tour, responded to this review

Dear Joanne M, Thank you for your review on Tripadvisor following your visit to the RNLI College in Poole. I'm pleased to hear that you had an enjoyable time on the tour. I am delighted that you were able to experience the simulator as well as seeing live training taking place in the pool. Thank you again for visiting us... More 

Cambridge, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Had an excellent visit today at the RNLI college. Well worth the money which goes to a good cause. Very friendly and knowledgeable guides. Would recommend using the college bar and restaurant. Food excellent, well priced with good harbour views.

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RNLI_Tours, Sales & Events at RNLI College Discovery Tour, responded to this review

Dear David W, Thank you for your review on Tripadvisor following your visit to the RNLI College in Poole. I'm pleased to hear that you enjoyed your tour of the college, I will pass on your kind comments to our Volunteer Tour Guides. It is great that you were able to make use of the bar and restaurant whilst you... More 

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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015 via mobile

Stayed at the college overnight ( something Id thoroughly recommend - excellent value and quality ) The tour was included and im glad we took advantage of it . So interesting to see what goes in to keeping us all safe at sea , the lifeboat simulator was fantastic. Well worth a visit knowing your money will go towards this... More 

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RNLI_Tours, Sales & Events at RNLI College Discovery Tour, responded to this review

Dear Nigel M, Thank you for your review on Tripadvisor following your visit to the RNLI College in Poole. I'm pleased to hear that you found our tour interesting and enjoyed your demonstration of the lifeboat simulator. The simulator is always a real highlight for our visitors as it's so realistic. Thank you for choosing to stay with us when... More 

London, UK
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255 reviews 255 reviews
77 attraction reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

We often visit Bournemouth and are always looking for something different to entertain our two young sons when the weather is poor. The RNLI College Discovery Tour does not seem to be advertised and is not well known. You need to reserve a place as the size of the tours is limited. This was a fascinating tour around the college... More 

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RNLI_Tours, Sales and Events at RNLI College Discovery Tour, responded to this review

Dear RIchard035, Thank you very much for your recent review of the RNLI College Discovery Tour. We are pleased that you had an enjoyable time at the College and it offered good entertainment for your two young sons. We run the tours on a daily basis for members of the public and limit the group sizes to 15. Bookings can... More 

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