RNLI shops, museums and the College will open as Government guidance allows. Lifeboat stations remain operational but are not open to visitors.

Portaferry Lifeboat Station photographed by Andrew Johnstone

Portaferry Lifeboat Station

Portaferry is one of seven RNLI lifeboat stations operating a lifeboat funded by viewers of the BBC television programme Blue Peter. The station was established due to the increase in pleasure boating activity in the Strangford Lough area and when Cloughey Lifeboat Station closed.
RNLI pager on a chart with a pair of dividers

Latest lifeboat launch

Recent launches from Portaferry Lifeboat Station

2.00pm 18 September 2021
6.00pm 16 September 2021
11.07am 8 September 2021
1.58pm 1 September 2021
5.40pm 26 August 2021
8.28pm 25 August 2021
11.56am 20 August 2021
4.55pm 16 August 2021
6.51pm 10 August 2021
3.16pm 4 August 2021
7.35pm 2 August 2021
7.30pm 2 August 2021
11.27am 24 July 2021
9.10pm 22 July 2021
12.47pm 21 July 2021
6.34pm 16 July 2021
9.03pm 4 July 2021
9.49am 26 June 2021
12.44pm 22 June 2021
4.01pm 7 June 2021

Today's weather

15°C Cloudy
Min: 10°C Max: 15°C
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Visitor information and facilities

Station address

Portaferry Lifeboat Station
RNLI Lifeboat House
The Strand
Co Down
Northern Ireland
BT22 1PF

Station phone number

02842 728710

Visiting times

Visits are subject to volunteer availability and may be arranged by appointment.

Visitor contact

Ian Harrison

Visitor contact email


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