Visitor Centre

Hastings Lifeboat Station has a purpose built viewing platform to enable visitors to get a real feel for the boats.
We also have a shop which is open daily May-Sept from 10:00-4.00, all welcome (Closed Christmas Day). Boxing Day-May 11:00-3:00.

The Lifeboat Station is located at The Stade in Hastings Old Town – right next to the fishing fleet berths on the working beach. This is an ideal location for launching and recovering, away from the crowds on the beach during the summer and protected by the harbour arm for launches on particularly rough outings. Launch and recovery for both boats is by carriage, and the launch crew on the beach are an important part of the team to assist in the safe and successful launch and recovery for exercise or on service.

The new boathouse was built in 1995 to safely accommodate the Mersey class and D class lifeboats, along with tractor, bobcat and carriages. The station was also the first designated visitor centre for the RNLI, and now attracts over 60,000 visitors each year.

Want more information? Click here to download our visitor guide (pdf format, Adobe Acrobat reader needed to view) To speak to the visit co-ordinater, Shirley Hawley, please call 01424 425502.

To book a visit to our station please download and complete the pdf form below: