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About RNLI College wedding venue

The beautiful waterside location of RNLI College makes it a perfect wedding venue. And the incredible atmosphere will set the tone for your wedding day. If you’re looking for a wedding with a difference, and one that will make a difference, we’d love to be a part of your special day.

Whether you choose to exchange your vows here, or hold your wedding breakfast and evening reception here, our wedding packages are designed around you.

Your own dedicated Wedding Coordinator will ensure all the finishing touches are in place. And an Event Manager on the day will ensure your wedding day is seamless.

Make a difference - Every £1 you spend at RNLI College helps save lives at sea. So you can feel good about celebrating your special day with us.

Additional details:

We have two main function suites which may suit you;

Our Harbour View Suite can seat a smaller party of up to 60 in a light airy room, with panoramic views of the harbour and its own private balcony. This room would make an intimate and romantic setting for a ceremony and wedding breakfast. Please note that it is not possible to have a band or DJ play in this room.

The Waterfront Suite can cater for 80-200 guests for an evening reception or 150 guests for a wedding breakfast. It is also possible to have a ceremony in this room. It comes with its own private staffed bar and we can include a dance floor free of charge for your evening reception. You would be welcome to arrange your own entertainment for the evening of a band or DJ. Another benefit of this room is that the patio doors lead out onto our Sea Terrace, it's a wonderful setting for photographs and a drinks reception.

It is possible to use two rooms for your wedding day, many couples choose to have their ceremony and wedding breakfast in the Harbour View Suite and their evening reception in the Waterfront Suite. There is no extra charge for using two rooms.

We also have accommodation here at the RNLI College which your guests would be welcome to use. There are 60 double bedrooms here at the RNLI College, all with views of the harbour. And of course a complimentary bedroom for the bride & groom on the night of the wedding is part of the package.

The College events office is open 8am until 5pm Monday to Saturday. Please get in touch if you have any questions we can help you with, or would like to arrange an appointment to view our venue.

Type of Cuisine:

Modern British


RNLI College Features

Minimum guestsNo
Maximum guests200
Ceremony / ReceptionBoth
Bridal suiteNo
Licensed barNo
Late licensed barNo
Disco facilitiesNo
Asian wedding specialistsNo
External caterersNo
Venue type: Beach, College, Hotel, Pavilion

RNLI College Location

RNLI College
West Quay Road
BH15 1HZ
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Directions to RNLI College

Directions by car:

RNLI College is located on West Quay Road, Poole, BH15 1HZ.

All visitors should report to the Gatehouse on the corner of West Quay Road and Slipway Road. Security staff will direct you to available parking.

Car parking on site will be limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis. We recommend local pay and display car parks - including our neighbouring Asda superstore.

The nearest large council pay and display car park is Hill Street multistorey, BH15 1NR, which is a short walk from the RNLI College.

Directions by public transport:

Poole is easily accessible, with good road, sea and high speed rail links.

RNLI College is within easy walking distance of the centre of town, Poole Railway Station and Poole Bus Station.

Southampton Airport is less than 60 minutes away by train. And Bournemouth Airport just over 30 minutes.


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