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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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Open day

A really great experience at the RLNI open day. The displays and technology in building the new lifeboats was good to see.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Poole, United Kingdom
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Poole, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

A really great experience at the RLNI open day. The displays and technology in building the new lifeboats was good to see.

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SW England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

I booked a crowd of us in several weeks ahead. We arranged the tour and lunch afterwards. Arrive early and have coffee and a look around the shop. The tour itself is superb especially if there are training days happening and you can observe people diving into the pool and also a helicopter evacuation. Riveting stuff. The highlight of the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

This was out second visit to the RNLI college, the first being in 2013. Our tour guide David was great and had a lovely Sen e of humor. He explained everything very well and gave everyone time to ask questions and have a good look. For me the highlight was the simulator of inside a lifeboat out on a call.... More 

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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

XWe were lucky enough to be visiting thr RNLI Lifesaving Open Weekend which was so fantastic, rewarding and humbling to see the work that is carried out by mostly Volunteers. We had the opportunity of seeing capsize demonstrations, water demo viewing platform where we saw how a lifeboat is recovered up a slipway using a net and we saw the... More 

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Taunton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

We visited the RNLI HQ during our summer holiday in Poole, The tour was very informative and enjoyable and we would recommend it for both adults and children. We had a meal in their restaurant after and the food was brilliant and the price was very good value. This really finished off our family visit. A big thanks to all... More 

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Poole, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

This is a must to visit for all age groups. The experience enlightens you to the quality work performed by the RNLI. The simulator and the main pool for training exercises are the main attractions, but the history and commitment by thousands of volunteers makes you mindful of how lucky we are to have such a great institution. Go Visit... More 

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

Dear Mike, Thank you for your kind comments on Tripadvisor following your recent visit to the RNLI Training College in Poole. I am so pleased you enjoyed your visit. I'll be sure to pass on your lovely comments to our volunteer team. We hope to welcome you back again to the College on your next visit to Poole and I... More 

Nantwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

A one and a half hour guided tour of the RNLI set up at Poole. Informed guide David, and lots of opportunities to question and experience the exhibits.

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

Dear Clare H, Thank you for taking the time to post a review on Tripadvisor following your visit to the RNLI Training College in Poole. I am pleased you enjoyed your tour and will pass on your feedback to your volunteer tour guide David. We hope to welcome you back again to the College on your next visit to Poole... More 

Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

The tour of the RNLI College in Poole is enjoyable and interesting. The guide we had was very knowledgable. We had 2 children on our tour and the guide ensured they got a great deal out of the experience as well as the adults. The Gale Force 7 experienced in the helm simulator was good fun even if the room... More 

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

Dear KarenJane02, Thank you for taking the time to post a review on Tripadvisor following your visit to the RNLI Training College in Poole. Thank you for mentioning our restaurant and slipway bar, I am pleased you enjoyed your meal. If you would like to book a table in the restaurant at anytime please contact our reception team on 01202... More 

Devizes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Whether you are a supporter of the RNLI or not this is definitely a fascinating place to visit. Here you will see the history of the RNLI, the uniforms from the past to the present day, the lifeboats in use today moored up outside,as well as historical lifeboats. This attraction is suitable for people of all ages from toddler to... More 

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

Dear Earleybird777, Thank you for taking the time to post a review on Tripadvisor following your visit to the RNLI Training College in Poole. I am proud and humbled to work in the College where our brave RNLI volunteers come to train. I am so pleased you were able to come and expereince it for yourself. We hope to welcome... More 

London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Had a wonderful afternoon being given a guided tour of the RNLI College. Particularly enjoyed the Simulator, seeing at first hand what it would be like actually involved in a rescue operation but the whole tour was most enjoyable with a dedicated, extremely informative guide. Highly recommend

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

Dear Jeannette739, Thank you for taking the time to post a review on Tripadvisor following your visit to the RNLI Training College in Poole. I am so pleased you enjoyed your tour of the College. Our tour guides are all RNLI volunteers, I will be sure to pass on your kind feedback. We hope to welcome you back again to... More 

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