RNLI Ilfracombe Lifeboat Station in the snow

Ilfracombe Lifeboat Station

Covering part of the north Devon coast, Ilfracombe has celebrated nearly 180 years as a lifeboat station. The two lifeboats carry out a wide variety of shouts and four Medals for gallantry have been awarded.
RNLI pager on a chart with a pair of dividers

Latest lifeboat launch

Recent launches from Ilfracombe Lifeboat Station

1.02pm 30 January 2021
9.22am 6 December 2020
11.56am 22 November 2020
5.52pm 12 November 2020
5.52pm 12 November 2020
5.52pm 12 November 2020
2.36pm 14 October 2020
4.46pm 22 September 2020
7.26pm 19 September 2020
7.35pm 16 September 2020
9.08pm 1 September 2020
4.54pm 1 September 2020
7.42pm 31 August 2020
3.35pm 31 August 2020
4.40pm 30 August 2020
5.09am 22 August 2020
5.09am 22 August 2020
6.45pm 20 August 2020
7.29pm 19 August 2020
7.29pm 19 August 2020

Today's weather

9°C Cloudy
Min: 6°C Max: 9°C
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While our lifeboat stations remain operational and are continuing to launch to those at peril at sea, they are not currently open to visitors. 

Visitor information and facilities

Station address

Ilfracombe Lifeboat Station
The Lifeboat House
14 Broad Street
EX34 9EE

Station phone number

01271 863771

Visiting times

10am–4pm Monday–Thursday

Visitor contact

Leigh Hanks

Visitor contact phone number

01271 863771

Shop hours

Monday - Sunday



Shop phone number

01271 879405

News and media from Ilfracombe Lifeboat Station

Three crew on deck of lifeboat prepare a tow line alongside fishing vessel
Article Lifeboats
Ilfracombe RNLI lifeboat launches to fishing vessel with engine failure
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Shannon class lifeboat towing 10 metre passenger rib
Article Lifeboats
Ilfracombe RNLI launched to assist passenger vessel with engine failure
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Shannon class all-weather lifeboat at sea
Article Lifeboats
Ilfracombe lifeboat launches following report of two people cut off by tide
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Bring hope, even on the darkest days

Coronavirus has delayed crucial crew training and lifeboat maintenance. A kind donation from you could help keep our crews safe and ready to rescue. Will you give us hope this spring?