Lizard Lighthouse Heritage Centre, the Lizard

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    Cottage annex with sea views. Rural location. 1 mile to Kynance Cove. Pub 1 mile. (Ref. 959147)

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    A substantial detached house a few yards from the sea in the charismatic fishing village of Cadgwith. Sea views. Pets welcome. Garden with terrace. Off road parking. Wifi. Beach, pub & shop 5 minute walk. (Ref. 959728)

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    Superb family homestay in the centre of the village of Mullion within walking distance of the village shops, pubs and restaurants. Pool table and room for storing surfboards and bikes. Enclosed garden with summerhouse. Off-road parking for 2 cars. (Ref. 960023)

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    A comfortable detached cottage all over ground floor, resting on Newton Farm in Mullion. Shared use of swimming pool, gym and sports hall along with other facilities. Excellent location for touring South Cornwall and the Lizard Peninsula. (Ref. 987906)

    7 nights from £626

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    Comfortable semi-detached cottage resting on Newton Farm in Mullion. Access to Lizard Peninsula. Shared facilities include heated swimming pool and gym. Dog friendly. Shop and pub 1 mile. (Ref. 987905)

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    Clifftop apartment. Sea views. WiFi. Off road parking. Short walk to beach. Coverack 0.5 miles. (Ref. 959733)

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    First floor apartment overlooking Coverack headland. Large balcony with sea views. WiFi. Coverack beach and village within half a mile. (Ref. 959181)

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    Second floor apartment just outside the village of Coverack. Large balcony with stunning sea views. WiFi. Coverack beach and village are within half a mile. (Ref. 959156)

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    Delightful cottage full of character in centre of Coverack on the spectacular Lizard Peninsula with amazing far-reaching sea views from both cottage and garden. Only a couple of minutes' walk to beach and coast path. St Keverne 2 miles. (Ref. 931631)

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    Enchanting country cottage. En-suite shower room. Woodland garden. Pub less than 1 mile. Coverack 3 miles.  (Ref. 959163)

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Located on the beautiful and unique Lizard Peninsula, Lizard Lighthouse is the only lighthouse in Cornwall which you can climb up. With two distinguishing towers, the lighthouse marks the most southerly point in mainland Britain, and has protected ships from the hazardous south Cornish coastline for over 260 years.

HISTORY OF THE LIZARD LIGHTHOUSE AND HERITAGE CENTRE

Built by Thomas Fonnereau in 1751, Lizard Lighthouse consists of a cottage between two towers. Before the introduction of electricity at the lighthouse, a watchman would have to sit in the cottage, making sure the lantern stayed lit by sounding a horn at the fire-keepers if the lantern dimmed. 

In 1771, Trinity House – a charity dedicated to safeguarding seafarers – took on responsibility for maintaining the burning of the lighthouse lantern. In 1811, the charity replaced the coal lantern with oil lights, and in 1845, they added three more cottages to the site. In 1874, the Engine Room was added - which allowed the lighthouse to be powered by electricity - and more cottages for the extra staff who were now employed to help run the lighthouse.

A rotating First Order optic was added to the eastern tower in 1903, but this was replaced by an electric filament lamp in 1936. After this, the lighthouse became automated and no longer required keepers.

In 2009, the Lizard Lighthouse Heritage Centre was officially opened by HRH The Princess Royal, after a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund enabled Trinity House to renovate the lighthouse and surrounding site; the Engine Room was re-purposed into a Visitor Centre and audio-visual exhibitions and interactive displays were installed. Today, the lighthouse is monitored by Trinity House’s Planning Centre in Essex.

p>WHAT IS THERE TO SEE AND DO?

The Heritage Centre offers something for adults and children alike, with bright and interactive displays, and plenty of historical artefacts to discover including 12 foot-long light vessel optics. Climb right up to the top of the lighthouse and marvel at the stunning, panoramic views of the Atlantic.

Back downstairs, sound the fog horn, have a go at building the giant foam lighthouse, learn Morse Code and how to use Semaphore Flags to send messages, complete your own weather log book, learn all about maritime satellite navigation and hear keepers’ stories about life in a lighthouse. Tours of the lighthouse are also available, at an additional charge.

There is a gift shop onsite, but no café – however, nearby Polpeor Café offers a good range of hot meals and snacks, as well as wonderful views. Why not enjoy a stroll along the coastal footpath after your visit - you might even spot a dolphin or Cornish chough.

OPENING TIMES AND PRICES

The Lizard Lighthouse Heritage Centre is open from the end of March to the end of October each year, from Sunday to Thursday, from 11am to 5pm. Admission prices are as follows: