RNLI Experience and Shop

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  • CF62 5TQ
  • Barry and Barry Island
  • 01446 734514
  • Surf, Sea and Sand
  • Free admission
  • RNLI Experience and Shop
  • No dogs please

RNLI Experience and Shop

It’s completely free to visit and provides a fun way for all ages to learn how to respect the water along our coastline. 

You can’t miss it above Whitmore Bay - look out for the big yellow welly outside.

Inside, get a flavour of what it’s like to be an RNLI lifeboat crew member by hopping into a D class inshore lifeboat while hearing inspirational rescue stories from volunteers. Play bilingual interactive games and learn about the specific dangers of the waters around Barry Island, which includes a tide tank highlighting the huge tidal range of the Bristol Channel and race against the clock to kit up a lifeboat crew member in time for an emergency lifeboat launch. There’s something for the whole family

Don’t forget to pop into the RNLI shop as well which is run by local volunteers. Here you’ll find a good selection of homewares, clothing, tasty treats, toys, greeting cards and more.    All profits go towards saving lives at sea.  

Opening hours

Everyday 12pm–4pm. 

Sometimes opening hours are longer dependent on the weather, volunteer availability and the time of year, please call ahead before making your journey.  

Vale School Trips-Logo-MASTER- 1     School visits welcomed, please visit our Vale School Visits page.  Booking Essential.