Visit & Tour Requests

As an RNLI operational lifeboat station we offer a great visitor experience. Access to the station is free and you are welcome to come in and have a look, to learn more about our station and see our Tamar class lifeboat Lester . We are open all year (subject to operational requirements) and have an RNLI gift shop.

(As this is an operational station we unfortunately do not have disabled access to the viewing gallery).

We are also fortunate at Cromer to have a team of volunteers who can accommodate tours from larger parties such as schools, scout groups, families and community groups. We have a maximum group number of 25, but larger groups can be accommodated by being split into several smaller tour groups.

A tour of the station can consist of:

  • Sea Safety

  • Day to day station operations

  • RNLI UK operations

  • Crew Equipment

  • Cromer Lifeboats

This can take the form of video clips, slide presentation, quiz, trying on crew outfits and a visit to the Lifeboat and also to cover any areas of your groups particular interest.

The Visits Team will tailor the tour to the age and requirements of the group. Tours normally last between 30 minutes to 1 hour and are available mornings, afternoons and evenings, subject to the availability of the volunteers. There is no charge for tours, but a donation to the RNLI would be appreciated.

This is a unique opportunity for you to learn more about the vital work of the RNLI. 


We look forward to welcoming you to our station and hope you enjoy your visit.

Please note:

  • We require at least four weeks prior notice, as all tours are provided by volunteers

  • Station tours are NOT available on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings due to crew training

If you would like to arrange a tour/visit of the station, please contact the Visits Team at cromerrnlivisits@gmail.com or call us on 01263 512237.

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ABOUT US

In Cromer there are two boathouses, one for the All-Weather Lifeboat "Lester" on the pier and the other for the Inshore Lifeboat on the east promenade. This boathouse was originally built in 1902 for the then rowing and sailing lifeboat Louisa Heartwell. You'll find more about the history of the station in other places on this site. Also on the east promenade you'll find the Henry Blogg Lifeboat Museum. The whole town is proud of the man referred to as 'the greatest of the lifeboatmen', who gained national fame in the first half of the 20th century when navigation around the Norfolk coastline was particularly hazardous in easterly gales.