Welcome back! We are delighted that our Hotel, Riggers restaurant, Slipway bar and shop are now fully open to guests and members of the public. Our new all day menu is being served in Riggers and on the sea terrace with stunning views across the bay. For all reservation enquiries, please contact our front of house team on 0300 300 7654 or email [email protected].

For hotel and alfresco dining reservations please contact our reception team on 0300 300 7654 or email [email protected].

For any function or event bookings please email [email protected].

Please be reassured that we have in place all the precautions needed to minimise the spread of COVID-19 and keep you and your loved ones safe. We look forward to welcoming you back. 

Our lifeboat stations remain operational but not open to visitors and our lifeboats will continue to launch to those in peril at sea. We urge you to follow government instructions. But if you are at the coast, please take extra care and follow our safety advice. Thank you and stay safe.


Training is fundamental to saving lives. Through the training of our own lifesavers and that of our college visitors, we’re making a difference to the number of lives saved at sea. In 2020, our volunteer lifeboat crews rescued 23 people every day, our lifeguards aided 25,172 people and our lifeboat crew launched 8,239 times around the coasts of the UK and Ireland.

And as an award-winning hotel and conference venue, we welcome everyone to come and experience the home of RNLI training. So whether you take a tour, stay with us, eat, drink and relax with us, celebrate with us, conference with us or even get married with us, you’ll be helping to make a difference, whatever you do, where every £1 you spend helps save lives at sea. So you can feel good about your stay with us.

Motivating and inspiring

The RNLI is one big family. And each member contributes in their own way to saving lives at sea. We’re proud to share this inspirational ethos with our visitors at RNLI College. You’ll feel it all around you. And that’s why being here makes you feel good.

Make a difference

RNLI College is a hotel like no other, where every £1 you spend helps save lives at sea. So you can feel good about stay with us.

Explore the sights

It’s the perfect base for exploring Dorset with many attractions right on its doorstep. Just a short stroll to Poole Quay, a short drive to Sandbanks Beach and a short hop on a ferry to the National Trust’s Brownsea Island and the Jurassic Coast.