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Very small museum but fascinating

Well worth a visit when in Poole. Support the lifeboats and visit here to see their star turn, the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
United Kingdom
Nice Building

Lovely old building with a nice shop and all the money raised goes to a worthy cause. This is... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Gordon T
Barrow-in-Furness, United Kingdom
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Poole Old Lifeboat Museum and Shop | Fisherman's Dock, Poole, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well worth a visit when in Poole. Support the lifeboats and visit here to see their star turn, the original lifeboat which was also used in WW2 in the Dunkirk rescue of allied troops from France. Plenty to see and read.

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely old building with a nice shop and all the money raised goes to a worthy cause. This is located on the harbour front.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Gordon T
Reviewed February 6, 2019

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI) headquarter is more inland, towards the northwestern part of Poole. ➡Throughout my trip in town I’ve seen at least four different names for this museum. On the entrance sign. At the bus stop. Maps. Posters. ➡The highlight of the...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed December 22, 2018 via mobile

My grandad said always support lifeboats and the salvation army. Why? Nobody pays them yet in the war the salvation army worked on the front line feeding and nursing soldier and the lifeboats still turn out in all weather's to save people. Really interested in...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 15, 2018

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
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Reviewed November 5, 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 October 28, 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
Thank smstanfieldss
Reviewed October 18, 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
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Reviewed September 9, 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 August 25, 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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August 31, 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.