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The museum is located at the seaside.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI) headquarter is more inland, towards the... read more

Reviewed 6 February 2019
London, United Kingdom
Support lifeboats

My grandad said always support lifeboats and the salvation army. Why? Nobody pays them yet in the... read more

Reviewed 22 December 2018
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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Poole Old Lifeboat Museum and Shop | Fisherman's Dock, Poole, England
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Reviewed 6 February 2019

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI) headquarter is more inland, towards the northwestern part of Poole. ➡Throughout my trip in town I’ve seen at least four different names for this museum. On the entrance sign. At the bus stop. Maps. Posters. ➡The highlight of the...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 22 December 2018 via mobile

My grandad said always support lifeboats and the salvation army. Why? Nobody pays them yet in the war the salvation army worked on the front line feeding and nursing soldier and the lifeboats still turn out in all weather's to save people. Really interested in...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 15 November 2018

The Old Lifeboat museum is a former Lifeboat Station for Poole. It has served the town well for over 80 yrs Poole had had a lifeboat station in the town now for over 152 yrs. This museum houses RNLB Thomas Kirk Wright a Dunkirk Little...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank SaraK1555
Reviewed 5 November 2018

This is an old boathouse, built in 1882, and although small has a wealth of fascinating facts and artefacts on display. Primarily it is the Thomas Kirk Wright lifeboat. One of only two surviving Surf class lifeboats and built in 1938 at Cowes on the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 28 October 2018

visited here at the weekend and found this little gem at the quay, free admission and lots of historical facts and old lifeboat inside

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 18 October 2018

It maybe small but was very interesting. We should all support such a good cause. We should all help and support the RLI if you can

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Tony A
Reviewed 9 September 2018

Wifey and I spent quite a while inside, even though it isn't that big, but there is so much to look at and read! A real insight into days gone by and some of the incredible rescues carried out by the crews...... and the entrance...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Keith T
Reviewed 25 August 2018

Interesting little place, the old slipways nearby just add to the age of the place. In and out job this one :)

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank sijo469
Reviewed 10 August 2018 via mobile

A very interesting museum with lots to look at plus entrance go's to a very good cause. Also has a small shop

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank Ryan G
Reviewed 10 August 2018

This museum is a fantastic glimpse back in RNLI Poole history. If you are interested in the RNLI, boats or Poole you will find this museum very intersting. The visit will only take around 10 to 15 minutes and is run by some fantastic and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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31 August 2016|
Response from John W | Reviewed this property |
It is open daily between April and early December 10am-4pm. This is subject to staff availability.