Falmouth Lifeboat
Falmouth Lifeboat
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Falmouth Lifeboat Station is one of a number of stations designated as an 'Explore Station'. This means that the station is open to visitors at intervals during the year, subject to operational requirements. A team of volunteers provide free guided tours of the station's B class Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat and Severn class all-weather lifeboat. Groups and individuals can request pre-booked visits via the station website a minimum of 7 days out. School holiday visiting times will be Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 3pm (last entry 3pm) from 16 July - 30 August) .
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  • stewart B
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    Must visit!
    We came to Falmouth (Docks) by train on a rainy Tuesday in May and stumbled across the Falmouth Lifeboat Station. We were looking into the open shutter door and were ushered in by Patrick, inviting us in to join the tour which had already started. Patrick and Yvonne, the two volunteers, took us all around the lifeboat Station. Their Tour was fact filled and amazingly informative. Showing us how a shout is triaged and responded to, the equipment the crew use, the boats themselves and the faces behind the heroic stories. It was amazing to go onto the ALB lifeboat seeing where the crew operate and the capabilities of the boat itself. It really was an amazing experience and would reccomend it as part of any visit to Falmouth.
    Thank you for your very kind review. We were delighted that you stumbled upon us with such a perfect sense of timing. It was great to be able to share "what actually happens" when we have a shout, our crews paged and boats launched. Thank you for interest and support. We do hope that we will see you in Falmouth or perhaps at one of our other Lifeboat stations in the future.
    Written 28 June 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 May 2024
  • John-Paul W
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perhaps the best thing we did in Falmouth!
    The children, the wife and I turned up and had what amounted to a private tour of the lifeboat station and account of the history of the RNLI. You are shown round the station and then the onto the lifeboat itself (which I didn't expect). The tour is free but there is an opportunity to leave a donation. There was no obligation and no pressure from any lurking staff but I was more than happy to. All of us found it super-engaging and was worthwhile, especially on what was a rainy day with not a lot else to do. The place is wasy to find and a fairly short walk from the centre of town.
    Thank you for your very kind review. It was our pleasure to show you round and assuming our Lifeboats are available we will always endeavour to share the Lifeboat experience with visitors. We will be opening the station for visits over the summer school holidays and whilst hoping for good weather we will work to ensure we remain a good rainy day option too. Thank you for your support and engagement with the RNLI, it is very much appreciated.
    Written 28 June 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 June 2024
  • Pauline Tsoi
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Once in a lifeboat experience
    This is a must-go in Falmouth. We booked this tour earlier through emailing their station and got a reply promptly. The tour was around 45 minutes and Yvonne showed us around and talked about RNLI’s history and missions. We even got the chance to go on board the lifeboats and took some nice photos. We learnt much more about the organisation and its operation. The sacrifices of these lifesaving heroes are truly admirable. RNLI wouldn’t be making such a big impact without volunteers like Yvonne. Thank you once again for this amazing experience!
    Thank you for taking time to post a review following your recent visit to the station. It was so lovely to be able to tailor your visit to your particular areas on interest. I do hope that we will have the pleasure of welcoming you both back to Falmouth on another occasion. With all good RNLI wishes.
    Written 28 June 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 June 2024
  • Tori S
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Inspiring
    We would highly recommend a trip to Falmouth's Lifeboat. We went during half term with my daughter and friends to an open day. Yvonne showed us around and was very informative and engaging. We all got to go and one of their lifeboats and saw the equipment the crew have to wear. My daughter was so inspired she is now arranging to do some funding with her school
    Thank you for your kind review following your visit to the station over Half Term. I was delighted to show you round and what more could we ask for but an " inspired RNLI fundraiser". Thank you again. Your support makes our mission possible.
    Written 28 June 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 June 2024
  • Sophie
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    Wonderful Tour
    We attended a visit/tour at the Falmouth RNLI boat station with my Brownies unit and it was amazing! Andrew and Ivon were incredible with the girls and made the tour very interesting & interactive. The Brownies loved it and had a wonderful time! They even got to see the boats going out to sea. We would 100% recommend this, thanks Andrew & Ivon :)
    Thank you for posting a review after your recent visit to the station. We were so pleased to learn that a good time was had by all and that you had the added excitement of being able to see both our All Weather and Inshore Lifeboats launch. Thank you for to you and your Brownies for visiting us and we look forward to welcoming you back on another occasion.
    Written 28 June 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled on business
    Written 20 June 2024
  • Alice B
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    Class Trip
    I visited Falmouth Lifeboat station today with my year 2 class. We were greeted by 3 members of crew who were incredibly friendly and organised the whole visit. We were split into well thought out groups and got to visit the various areas of the station, including getting onboard the lifeboat. The crew were knowledgable and answered every question that was thrown their way. We had a truly great day and will definitely be visiting again !
    Thank you for your kind review. We thoroughly enjoyed hosting the Year 2 visit and were so impressed with the the level of sea safety and lifeboat knowledge. Year 2 certainly kept us on our toes. We wish you all a great summer and look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
    Written 28 June 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled on business
    Written 26 June 2024
  • I only say how I see it
    Swindon, United Kingdom21 contributions
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    Surprise tour
    Whilst in Falmouth for a few days exploring, we came across the lifeboat station where Yvonne was busy securing one of the external notice boards. We said hello and were greeted with an unexpected offer of a tour of the station. Yvonne was lovely, telling us all obout the history and the full role of the volunteers which was a real eye opener. We were shown the locker room and told about the necessary attire, shown over a rib and then taken on board one of the lifeboats where we were given a really great talk on its operational capability and how it's all funded, coming away with a much greater understanding and appreciation of the work they do. What fantastic people they all are. Altogether a nice start to a few days in Falmouth. We would recommend anyone visiting Falmouth or indeed any RNLI station to pop in and show your support. Thanks Yvonne for an interesting tour, you're an inspiration.
    Thank you so much for your kind review. It was such a pleasure to meet you both and share a little of the RNLI story with you. We are so grateful for the warmth, engagement and support we receive, it makes every launch possible. I do hope that the rest of your visit to Cornwall was a great and memorable success. Thank you again and sending all good RNLI wishes, Yvonne
    Written 20 July 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 July 2024
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Tori S
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
We would highly recommend a trip to Falmouth's Lifeboat. We went during half term with my daughter and friends to an open day. Yvonne showed us around and was very informative and engaging. We all got to go and one of their lifeboats and saw the equipment the crew have to wear. My daughter was so inspired she is now arranging to do some funding with her school
Written 7 June 2024
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Thank you for your kind review following your visit to the station over Half Term. I was delighted to show you round and what more could we ask for but an " inspired RNLI fundraiser". Thank you again. Your support makes our mission possible.
Written 28 June 2024
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Alison J
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Slight nerves but all went well. My husband did all of the driving and he said the throttle was very stiff to manage. The guy did say to be fair but there was no other boat free so...The guys have a great system going and you are well informed. Safety measures seem great too. All I would say is that we wanted to stop at Trelissick House, but couldn't see the jetty. We thought it would be in the cove by the white house on the hill, but it was further down by the ferry. A photo of the jetty and better instruction here would have been useful. The other 2 places to stop were off the table because of the low tide so we found ourselves with an hour to kill which was a bit intense, especially when the heavens opened and it got really choppy at one point. A really fun way to spend time on the River Fal though and see points of interest such as Pendennis Castle, St Mawes Castle, Black Rock, King Harry Ferry and Smuggler's Cottage.
Written 28 August 2020
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Hi Alison. We think this review is meant for a different company. We are Falmouth Lifeboat Station, part of the RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea. Thanks, Marquita.
Written 30 August 2020
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Pauline Tsoi
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
This is a must-go in Falmouth.
We booked this tour earlier through emailing their station and got a reply promptly. The tour was around 45 minutes and Yvonne showed us around and talked about RNLI’s history and missions. We even got the chance to go on board the lifeboats and took some nice photos. We learnt much more about the organisation and its operation. The sacrifices of these lifesaving heroes are truly admirable. RNLI wouldn’t be making such a big impact without volunteers like Yvonne.
Thank you once again for this amazing experience!
Written 7 June 2024
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Thank you for taking time to post a review following your recent visit to the station. It was so lovely to be able to tailor your visit to your particular areas on interest. I do hope that we will have the pleasure of welcoming you both back to Falmouth on another occasion. With all good RNLI wishes.
Written 28 June 2024
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Plattypuss52
Sevenoaks836 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Had a private tour of the station and the lifeboat. Very interesting and learned so much from Chris. The ideas and innovations on the boat to make it safe for everyone were good to see. Thanks to all RNLI crews and volunteers everywhere.
Written 11 June 2023
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Sophie
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Business
We attended a visit/tour at the Falmouth RNLI boat station with my Brownies unit and it was amazing! Andrew and Ivon were incredible with the girls and made the tour very interesting & interactive.
The Brownies loved it and had a wonderful time! They even got to see the boats going out to sea.
We would 100% recommend this, thanks Andrew & Ivon :)
Written 20 June 2024
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Thank you for posting a review after your recent visit to the station. We were so pleased to learn that a good time was had by all and that you had the added excitement of being able to see both our All Weather and Inshore Lifeboats launch. Thank you for to you and your Brownies for visiting us and we look forward to welcoming you back on another occasion.
Written 28 June 2024
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Alice B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Business
I visited Falmouth Lifeboat station today with my year 2 class. We were greeted by 3 members of crew who were incredibly friendly and organised the whole visit. We were split into well thought out groups and got to visit the various areas of the station, including getting onboard the lifeboat. The crew were knowledgable and answered every question that was thrown their way. We had a truly great day and will definitely be visiting again !
Written 26 June 2024
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Thank you for your kind review. We thoroughly enjoyed hosting the Year 2 visit and were so impressed with the the level of sea safety and lifeboat knowledge. Year 2 certainly kept us on our toes. We wish you all a great summer and look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
Written 28 June 2024
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Andy S
Bristol, UK33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Family
We had a brilliant hour at the Lifeboat station in Falmouth today. We took our three children (10,8,5) with us and were treated to a really brilliant tour by Glynis. She took us through the station, told us about how they respond to callouts, let the children try on jackets and helmets and then the highlight was the chance to climb aboard the lifeboat.

A fantastic experience, lovely staff all volunteering their time for such a great cause. Thank-you!
Written 18 April 2019
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Abi C
North Yorkshire, UK382 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Family
It's a good 4 years since we last visited the lifeboat station and the RNLI has gone up a gear in terms of how it "markets" itself to the hearts and minds of the public on whom it relies entirely for financial support. Our visit last time was an off the cuff tour by an old chap who had volunteered for years, and was over in no time. How things change! I knew beforehand that the lifeboat station would be "open" for a whole week so we made our way there today.
The shop seems bigger than on our last visit and is well stocked with everything from food to toys to raincoats and Christmas cards (which I bought). There are dedicated volunteer guides who run the tours and we had a short wait until Carolann was free. We were a small group - our family (4) and a young couple - the young man was dismayed that he was not old enough to "serve" on the all weather lifeboat - you have to be 45. Our two boys were really excited but Carolann was lovely and really patient - they calmed down as we went on and remembered to put their hands up to ask a question! We had a really informative tour which lasted over an hour. She was very engaging and full of enthusiasm and knowledge - did you know it costs £400k per day to man and run the lifeboat stations across the UK and Ireland? And all of that money comes from supporters and the public. It really made you think and she had some interesting tales to tell about the goings on in Falmouth harbour too!
We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and I highly recommend it to anyone who is in the area.
Written 10 August 2016
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demoncodger
Bromsgrove, UK360 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2014 • Couples
We visited as part of an RNLI Supporters event and thoroughly enjoyed our time there.

Besides hearing from staff and volunteers about the work of the RNLI, we were shown round both lifeboats and were really impressed by all we saw. What really left an impression though was that the RNLI as a charity receives no funding other than it raises itself and that it is so dependant not only on the brave crew members but also the many volunteers who raise money, the tour guides, the people who staff the shops. etc., etc. We owe a deep debt of gratitude to all those who make up the RNLI family and play their part in maintaining a service that not only saves lives at sea in the traditional sense, but also the lifeguards on our beaches and increasingly those who help out at times of inland flooding.

The Falmouth lifeboat station is a little tucked away but is well worth seeking out and I am sure you'll be made as welcome as we were.
Written 23 September 2014
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BarryB1981
Holdingham, UK58 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Family
We attended with our two year old having read the reviews here.

Firstly it's free! Entry is via the gift shop so you'd have to be heartless not to make a purchase during your visit - there's plenty of gifts of all prices for children and adults.

There was nobody else visiting at the time we went but the staff were more than happy to just take us round. The tour was very informative and we got to go on the larger lifeboat (the all weather Severn Class) which is afloat in the harbour.

Unfortunately our two year old is not easy to please and so we had to rush things a bit but he did love actually going on the boat and sitting in the drivers seat. He even got a fun pack with and activity book in for free too!

Can recommend this and wish more lifeboat stations offered similar tours.
Written 8 June 2014
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