RNLI Visitor Centre

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  • Categories: Coast
  • Age Groups: Early Years, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 5
  • Topics: Knowledge and understanding of the world, Language, literacy and communication skills, Personal and social development, well,being and cultural diversity

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All About Barry Island's RNLI Visitor Centre

The RNLI’s Barry Island Visitor Centre officially opened in the Vale of Glamorgan in April 2017.   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. 

Educational Visits 

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, which is second only in the world to the Bay of Fundy in Canada.  And race against the clock to kit up a lifeboat crew member in time for an emergency lifeboat launch. 

For school visit enquiries, please contact 

  • barry_island_vc@rnli.org.uk.


  • https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/shops/barry-island-rnli-shop