Falmouth Lifeboat
Falmouth Lifeboat
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Falmouth Lifeboat Station is one of a number of stations around the coast designated as an 'Explore Station'. This means that the station is open to visitors for most of the year, subject always to operational requirements. A team of volunteers provide free guided tours of the station's B class Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat and Severn class all-weather lifeboat. There is no need to book, just go into the lifeboat shop attached to the station. Visits are available Tuesday to Friday from 11am to 3pm. Group visits can be booked in advance. Please visit the station website for more information.
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Alison J
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Slight nerves but all went well. My husband did all of the driving and he said the throttle was very stiff to manage. The guy did say to be fair but there was no other boat free so...The guys have a great system going and you are well informed. Safety measures seem great too. All I would say is that we wanted to stop at Trelissick House, but couldn't see the jetty. We thought it would be in the cove by the white house on the hill, but it was further down by the ferry. A photo of the jetty and better instruction here would have been useful. The other 2 places to stop were off the table because of the low tide so we found ourselves with an hour to kill which was a bit intense, especially when the heavens opened and it got really choppy at one point. A really fun way to spend time on the River Fal though and see points of interest such as Pendennis Castle, St Mawes Castle, Black Rock, King Harry Ferry and Smuggler's Cottage.
Written August 28, 2020
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Hi Alison. We think this review is meant for a different company. We are Falmouth Lifeboat Station, part of the RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea. Thanks, Marquita.
Written August 30, 2020
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Andy S
Bristol, UK32 contributions
Family
We had a brilliant hour at the Lifeboat station in Falmouth today. We took our three children (10,8,5) with us and were treated to a really brilliant tour by Glynis. She took us through the station, told us about how they respond to callouts, let the children try on jackets and helmets and then the highlight was the chance to climb aboard the lifeboat.

A fantastic experience, lovely staff all volunteering their time for such a great cause. Thank-you!
Written April 18, 2019
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Abi C
North Yorkshire, UK394 contributions
Family
It's a good 4 years since we last visited the lifeboat station and the RNLI has gone up a gear in terms of how it "markets" itself to the hearts and minds of the public on whom it relies entirely for financial support. Our visit last time was an off the cuff tour by an old chap who had volunteered for years, and was over in no time. How things change! I knew beforehand that the lifeboat station would be "open" for a whole week so we made our way there today.
The shop seems bigger than on our last visit and is well stocked with everything from food to toys to raincoats and Christmas cards (which I bought). There are dedicated volunteer guides who run the tours and we had a short wait until Carolann was free. We were a small group - our family (4) and a young couple - the young man was dismayed that he was not old enough to "serve" on the all weather lifeboat - you have to be 45. Our two boys were really excited but Carolann was lovely and really patient - they calmed down as we went on and remembered to put their hands up to ask a question! We had a really informative tour which lasted over an hour. She was very engaging and full of enthusiasm and knowledge - did you know it costs £400k per day to man and run the lifeboat stations across the UK and Ireland? And all of that money comes from supporters and the public. It really made you think and she had some interesting tales to tell about the goings on in Falmouth harbour too!
We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and I highly recommend it to anyone who is in the area.
Written August 10, 2016
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demoncodger
Bromsgrove, UK368 contributions
Couples
We visited as part of an RNLI Supporters event and thoroughly enjoyed our time there.

Besides hearing from staff and volunteers about the work of the RNLI, we were shown round both lifeboats and were really impressed by all we saw. What really left an impression though was that the RNLI as a charity receives no funding other than it raises itself and that it is so dependant not only on the brave crew members but also the many volunteers who raise money, the tour guides, the people who staff the shops. etc., etc. We owe a deep debt of gratitude to all those who make up the RNLI family and play their part in maintaining a service that not only saves lives at sea in the traditional sense, but also the lifeguards on our beaches and increasingly those who help out at times of inland flooding.

The Falmouth lifeboat station is a little tucked away but is well worth seeking out and I am sure you'll be made as welcome as we were.
Written September 23, 2014
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BarryB1981
Holdingham, UK61 contributions
Family
We attended with our two year old having read the reviews here.

Firstly it's free! Entry is via the gift shop so you'd have to be heartless not to make a purchase during your visit - there's plenty of gifts of all prices for children and adults.

There was nobody else visiting at the time we went but the staff were more than happy to just take us round. The tour was very informative and we got to go on the larger lifeboat (the all weather Severn Class) which is afloat in the harbour.

Unfortunately our two year old is not easy to please and so we had to rush things a bit but he did love actually going on the boat and sitting in the drivers seat. He even got a fun pack with and activity book in for free too!

Can recommend this and wish more lifeboat stations offered similar tours.
Written June 8, 2014
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Raquel T
Nottingham, UK22 contributions
Couples
Brian was very kind to take us on board the all weather lifeboat. He was super knowledgeable and shared some interesting information about the boat, the rescue procedure and stories about past rescues. Thank you, Brian!
Written August 4, 2019
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Parracite
Sydney, Australia53 contributions
Couples
Really informative place to visit. We learnt a lot about the volunteers and the work that they do. Very nice ladies showed us through the place and explained all the equipment. We were guided onto the rescue boat and given a great overview of what these people do to ensure others safety. Would certainly reccomend a visit
Written May 23, 2019
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kah221
Ilchester, UK5 contributions
Family
We walked into the shop and asked for a tour and almost immediately were given a informative and enjoyable tour of the boat house and even allowed on the boats. In awe of everything these guys do. The tour is free so would take some money for the charity jar or browse the lovely shop. Really glad we did it and the boat house is in easy walking distance of the town centre.
Written February 22, 2019
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Jellybellydancer
Burscough, UK1,477 contributions
Family
We've visited a number of Lifeboat stations on various trips and always found them to be both fascinating and a sobering reminder of the dangers around our coast and the selfless dedication of the volunteers who put themselves at risk to keep us save. Falmouth Lifeboat exceeded them all.

A short 10 minute walk from the harbour, we entered the shop and asked when the next tour was, only to be told they'd finished for the day. One of the guides was just leaving, overheard and immediately took his coat off and offered to show us round.

Thanks to his generosity we were able to get a fascinating insight into the role of the RNLI volunteers. They had recently returned from a call out, their kit was hanging up ready to be pulled on again at a moments notice and the smaller inshore lifeboat had just been cleaned and was drying on the ramp.

Much to our amazement we were allowed on board the larger all weather lifeboat and given a detailed explanation of how everything works, the differing roles of the crew and how they can be aboard for hours at a time. Not an inch of space is wasted, even the bell can double as a font so people can be baptized aboard.

It was truly fascinating, a highlight of our trip to Cornwall, even more remarkable because the service is run by volunteers with no state funding.
Written February 6, 2019
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karenandjohn2015
The Hague, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands39 contributions
Family
We popped to the Lifeboat station having read reviews on TripAdvisor and we're not disappointed. It's only open for 2 hours on a Saturday, but an hour is all you need. We had a look around the all weather and inshore Lifeboats. The tour gave lots of interesting information and tales of bravery. If you're in the area, pop in to the RNLI shop and ask for a tour.
Written July 29, 2017
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