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Visiting Wells lifeboat station

New boathouse building

We've officially moved from our old lifeboat station into the new boathouse building on the end of the beach bank. Our Mersey-class all-weather lifeboat is still the station's lifeboat and is now stationed on the beach by the new building but we will be changing over to our new Shannon-class RNLB 13-46 Duke of Edinburgh in the near future. 13-46 is inside the new building as is our inshore lifeboat which is fully operational from the new station.

There are new arrangements for visiting the lifeboat station and, during this transition period, there may still be days when it is not possible to do so.

Shop, Visitor Centre and Public Viewing Gallery

New boathouse shop interior

The new lifeboat station has a Shop and Information Centre next to the beach bank. We're privileged to have welcomed a new team of volunteers to run this and at the moment the shop is open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays and some additional days. We're intending for the shop eventually to be open most days and will post more information on opening times when we can.

There is access, via a small staircase, to a public viewing gallery in the new station. You are in the new boat hall here and can see both the Shannon lifeboat and SLRS launching carriage and the inshore lifeboat and Softrak launching vehicle. The viewing gallery is only accessible when the shop is open and there are sufficient volunteers on site... and it may sometimes be necessary to close it while training or other work is going on in the boat hall.

If you are a 'Launch A Memory' donor and want to see the names in the letters on the Shannon, please note that while you can see the boat from the viewing gallery, there is not a clear view of the names on it. For a better look at names on the boat, book a boathouse tour (see below).

Boathouse tours

New boathouse building

Starting in January 2023, our volunteer guides will be showing people around the lifeboat station on 50 minute tours. These are free but limited to 12 people at a time so must be booked in advance on the Eventbrite link below.

Book a boathouse tour

Groups and other visits

Please contact the station in advance if you wish to arrange a visit for larger groups such as schools and clubs. This may be difficult for us to fit in at the moment but we'll do our best to accommodate you.

Launch A Memory names

Looking for names on 13-46

If you wish to visit to see your name or names in the decals on the lifeboat, please note that we have exact reproductions on three new benches outside the boathouse which can be viewed at any time. It is also possible to see a bit of the Shannon through the main window when the station is closed but not the names.

If you come when the shop is open and the viewing gallery is open, you can see the port side of the boat but there is not clear view of the lettering.

If you'd like to get closer to the names on the port or starboard side, please consider booking a boathouse tour using the link above. The names on the wheelhouse roof are too high up to be seen when the boat is in the boathouse or on the SLRS carriage.

You might also want to keep an eye out for days when the boat is on exercise (see our home page) when you may see her launch or be recovered though you will have to stay at a safe distance from the boat.

We are hoping to be able to offer other events and open days where donors will be able to get closer to the boat and will publish details when we have them.


Shop Opening Times

Our new shop, visitor information centre and public viewing gallery are now open most weekends 10-4.

The shop is open!

Shop and Visitor Centre now open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, 10-4

Boathouse tours

Starting next January, our volunteer guides will be showing people around the lifeboat station. The tours must be booked in advance using the link below. For more information, see our page on Visiting Wells lifeboat station

Book a boathouse tour

New Shannon lifeboat
and boathouse build

New boathouse build
Latest update 28/11/2022

We've moved in... Wells RNLI is now operating from the new building. See the boathouse build pages for the latest information and the story of how the new station was built.

The new Shannon lifeboat was funded in part with a station appeal for £250,000 in 2014-15 and also by the Civil Service charity The Lifeboat Fund with its 150th Anniversary Appeal. We are hugely grateful to everyone who has donated, fund-raised, helped and supported us both locally and across the UK and further afield.


We're keen to protect our crew to ensure the lifeboats can be manned when needed. Please don't visit the station or shop if you or someone you have recently been in close contact with has Covid symptoms or a postive test.

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