Visit our world class centre of excellence in lifeboat engineering, production and maintenance situated next to the College. Due to this being a working environment tours take place twice a week and are limited to a maximum of 12 people. 

£5.00 per adult
£2.50 per child (min 10 years +)

The 60 minute tour goes behind the scenes to see where we build new all-weather boats, refit, repair and maintain the all-weather fleet as well as our hovercraft, the College training fleet and other local inshore relief lifeboats.

Tours take place on Wednesday at 4.30pm or Saturday at 10.00am (subject to volunteer availability). Booking in advance is necessary. Please contact reception to book your place on the All weather Lifeboat Tour on 0300 300 7654 or

For more information, see our flyer [PDF 2MB].

Tour times

Day Morning  Afternoon
 Wednesday  N/A  4:30pm
 Saturday  10am  N/A

Tour gift vouchers

Treat someone you know to one of our tour gift vouchers.

All Weather Lifeboat Tour for 2 -£10

College Discovery Tour for 2 - £15

To order your vouchers email or contact the reception team on 0300 300 7654.

Vouchers sent via postal delivery will be sent in a gift voucher presentation envelop by Royal Mail Second Class to arrive within 2-3 working days including Saturdays. They will arrive in a plain white envelope so as not to spoil any surprises.

Only original vouchers bearing a valid serial number will be accepted. RNLI College reserves the right to refuse vouchers which are damaged, defaced or do not feature a valid serial number. Please mention your voucher at the time of booking and present your voucher on arrival to the RNLI College. Where the total cost of dinner, accommodation or monetary value is more than the face value of the voucher, the balance must be settled on departure. Vouchers cannot be exchanged for cash neither in full or in part, where the total cost is less than the face value of the voucher,  vouchers will not be issued for the balance. Booking is necessary and is subject to availability.


Tours are 60 minutes long and there is a considerable amount of walking involved. If any guests will be using a mobility aid on the day, please make us aware in advance so that we can allow sufficient volunteer tour guide support.

On the day

Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to your start time and inform reception of your arrival. Tours commence from the main College reception at the designated time.

Visit the shop

Save enough time to call into our shop and pick up the perfect gift or souvenir. We’ve got homewares, clothing, tasty treats, toys, greeting cards, and much, much more. Our shops are run by volunteers, and all profits help save lives at sea.

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 2016, our volunteer lifeboat crews rescued 8,851 and save 431 lives. Our lifeguards additionally saved 127 lives and aided 20,538 people last year. And with every £1 spent at RNLI College, you too are helping us provide the training to save lives at sea.

To make a booking call us on +44(0)300 300 7654 or enquire online using the button below

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