We welcome visitors to Exmouth RNLI lifeboat station.

Free tours for the public

We offer free tours of our RNLI boathouse on most weekends. These are 30-40 minute tours and can be booked at the RNLI shop. These tours must be booked in person at the shop and cannot be booked by phone or website. The shop is by the side of the boathouse and is usually open 10am-5pm during the summer. Please do not ring the bell at the boathouse.

The tour guides will take up to 15 people.

  • All children under 7 must have a parent or guardian for every 4 children.
  • Children over 7 -11 must have a parent or guardian for every10 children.
  • Children 12 years and above, must have a parent or guardian for every 15 children

We do not take any responsibility in supervising children.

Important Please Note

The weekend visits are entirely subject to the availability of volunteers (see below) who have given up their time to conduct the tours. Although we make every effort to staff these tours if we do not have a volunteer to show you round your tour might be cancelled at short notice. We do not charge at any time for any of our tours.

Parking is at the large council managed Foxholes car park opposite the lifeboat station. No parking please by the lifeboat station.

Booked tours by schools, children’s groups, societies, organisations and large family and friend groups


We offer tours to schools, organisations, social groups and even large groups of family and friends, subject to operational requirements and volunteer availability throughout the year.

The minimum number in any group will be 6. Schools and groups with more than 6 children please see the Guidelines for School Visits (PDF).

Please submit a visitors’ booking form, even at the start of any provisional enquiry (it’s very short).

This makes it much easier to establish what your needs are from the start and you understand our terms and conditions. We will then contact you to discuss your proposed requirements. Please note we will not even book a date or your guides without a completed form.

The form is available in Word, or PDF:

The Word document can be downloaded – 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

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

We do not charge for any Tours.

Volunteer Guides

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.

More details please contact

Our Visitor Experience Centre with viewing gallery is open during shop opening hours and is being upgraded with an interactive TV to tell you more about us.