We welcome visitors to Exmouth RNLI Lifeboat station.

A group of dedicated Volunteers provide free tours of the Lifeboat Station. These last about 45 minutes and take place on weekends, as follows:

SUMMER (April-October). 10:30am to 3:30pm

WINTER (November-March). 11:00am to 3:00pm

Additionally, Tour Guides will be on duty on weekdays at the same times during School Holiday. All tours are subject to Tour Guide availability and a schedule of tours is available in the Shop which is open 10am-5pm during the summer (April – October) and 11am to 4pm in the winter.

The tour guides will take up to 15 people on each tour.

  • Children ages 0 to 4 years must have an adult for every 2 children.
  • Children ages 4 to 7 years must have an adult for every 6 children.
  • Children ages 8 to 11 years must have an adult for every 10 children
  • Children age 12 years and above must have an adult for every 15 children

We do not take any responsibility in supervising children.


For all visits, parking is at the large council managed Foxholes car park opposite the Lifeboat Station – parking by the Lifeboat Station is for RNLI personnel only.

Dedicated Group Tours

We offer pre-arranged tours to schools, organisations, social groups and even large groups of family and friends during the week or at weekends, subject to operational requirements and volunteer availability throughout the year. Child/adult ratios must be in line with the details shown above.

The minimum number in any group will be 6. Schools and groups with more than 6 children please see the Guidelines for schools.

Please submit a visitors’ booking form, even at the start of any provisional enquiry.

This makes it much easier to establish what your needs are from the start and that you understand our terms and conditions. Upon receipt of a completed form, we will then contact you to discuss your proposed requirements.

The form is available in Word, or PDF.

The Word document can be downloaded from the above link – type in your details, save a copy and email it back to us. If you cannot open Word, please print off the PDF, fill it in by hand, scan it and email it back to us.

After reading and agreeing to the terms and conditions please send your completed form attached to an email to

The Lifeboats Visits Officer, Ian Rick, will confirm receipt of your enquiry within a week. He will  then arrange for volunteer Visits Guides to facilitate your tour and, once completed, will email a confirmation.

About a week before your visit he will email you again to finalise the arrangement and provide you with the names of the  Tour Guides responsible for your visit. If there are any questions, changes or additional requirements please let us know at the earliest opportunity.

We have a high demand for Tours in the summer, so please book well in advance.

Would you like to be a Volunteer Guide?

If you live locally and can work two half days a month at weekends would you like to be a tour guide at the lifeboat station? We will offer you training, we just need your interest, confidence and enjoyment in talking to the public.

If you would like a volunteer from the RNLI Youth Education Team to visit your school or club to speak to children about our charity’s work, you can request a visit here.

For more details please contact

Our Visitor Experience Centre with viewing gallery is above the Exmouth RNLI Shop and is open during Shop opening hours.

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