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Penlee Lifeboat Station

Penlee Lifeboat Station

Penlee has a remarkable history of bravery with the lifeboat crews being presented with 44 awards for gallantry during its 200 year history. The station has also witnessed tragedy with nine lifeboat crew losing their lives saving others at sea.
RNLI pager on a chart with a pair of dividers

Latest lifeboat launch

Recent launches from Penlee Lifeboat Station

12.41pm 20 November 2023
3.56pm 10 November 2023
2.01am 17 October 2023
7.37pm 3 October 2023
3.31pm 28 September 2023
5.33am 27 September 2023
2.58am 27 September 2023
2.59pm 4 September 2023
10.36pm 26 August 2023
10.19pm 26 August 2023
3.50pm 19 August 2023
3.19pm 19 August 2023
5.05pm 17 August 2023
5.07am 13 August 2023
5.05am 13 August 2023
5.26pm 8 August 2023
9.18pm 4 August 2023
10.26am 10 July 2023
9.28pm 30 June 2023
5.42pm 22 June 2023

Today's weather

11°C Rain
Min: 8°C Max: 11°C
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Visitor information and facilities

Station address

Penlee Lifeboat Station
TR18 5HW

Station phone number

01736 369246


Parking, disabled parking


Pay and display parking with disabled parking

Visitor centre

Penlee’s visitor centre tells the story of 200 years of life saving in Mounts Bay, Penzance, Mousehole and Newlyn. It tells the story of Penlee’s lifeboats including the tragic loss of the Solomon Browne and all her crew. The visitor centre is open daily and is on the ground floor of the lifeboat station.

Visiting times

Penlee’s new visitor centre is open all year 10am to 4pm, seven days per week. Group visits can be arranged by appointment.

Visitor contact

Patrick Harvey

Visitor contact phone number

01736 369246

Shop hours

Monday – Saturday (Penlee lifeboat shop is on Market Jew Street, Penzance and not at the station)

Shop phone number

01736 351695

News and media from Penlee Lifeboat Station

Photo of Ivan Ellen
Article Rescue
St Ives and Penlee RNLI lifeboats support dive vessel
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Picture shows RNLI coxswain
Article People
Penlee Lifeboat newly trained coxswain
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Y-class lifeboat with three volunteer crew
Article Rescue
Penlee RNLI lifeboat assists yachtsman
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Portrait of Kurt Jackson
Article Celebrities
200 Voices: Kurt Jackson on what moved him to celebrate the work of the RNLI
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