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“I have seen the light” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Lizard Lighthouse Heritage Center

Lizard Lighthouse Heritage Center
Ranked #3 of 8 things to do in Lizard
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Owner description: With the help of a generous grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Trinity House renovated the Engine Room at Lizard Lighthouse, retaining some of the old engines. It now also features new exhibition material, an audio visual room and a number of interactive displays. The Lizard Lighthouse Heritage Centre was officially opened in 2009 by HRH The Princess Royal. The distinctive twin towers of Lizard Lighthouse mark the most southerly point of mainland Britain. See displays depicting Trinity House's history, housed in the original engine room. It was commissioned in 1752. For over 250 years, the lighthouse has provided a welcoming landfall light to vessels crossing the Atlantic Ocean. Tours of Lizard Lighthouse are organised under licence from the Corporation of Trinity House.
Swindon, England
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“I have seen the light”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2012

Some people feel drawn to lighthouses, and that includes me. This is the third I've visited and toured - and this tour made them even more fascinating. Lizard is the world's largest lighthouse and our excellent guide, Don, who is actually a part-time keeper, was full of interesting facts and stories, including how long it takes until you catch fire if you stop the lantern revolving and climb inside! The visitor centre is excellent too - for adults and children - with a good gift shop. Well worth the money.

Visited June 2012
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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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“Very interesting visit to a working lighthouse.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2012

My wife and I have just visited Lizard Lighthouse as part of a day touring the Lizard Peninsula during our holiday in Cornwall. We spent about two and a half hours in the lighthouse during which time we enjoyed a guided tour of the light as well as a visit to the Heritage Centre which occupies the old Engine Room.

Entry to the Heritage Centre is a very reasonable £2+, although we paid £5.50 each which includes the guided tour of the light. Upon arrival we immediately joined another couple for the tour which takes place on the hour, every hour. Our guide was Caroline who obviously knows a great deal about her subject and this enabled her to give us a very interesting and enjoyable tour. The tour started in the base of the light tower (which was built in 1752) where Caroline told us about the Lizard light and lighthouses in general. We then visited the Battery Room (which provides emergency power for the light during mains power cuts) and it was particularly fascinating to see the display of large bulbs that have been used in the light. We then climbed up to the lantern to see the rotating lens and to enjoy the view. The 5-ton glass lens and it's structure were installed in 1903 and they are a wonder of Victorian/Edwardian design and engineering. The whole 5-ton structure floats on a tank of mercury and it rotates continuously to prevent a reverse lens effect from the sun. The whole lens structure can be stopped or rotated with one hand!

The guided tour takes about 45 minutes and it's well worth £5.50 (which includes the £2 Heritage Centre entry fee). After Caroline's tour my wife and I spent about an hour and a half in the Heritage Centre which occupies the former Engine Room. This hall provided power for the light and fog signal and it contains displays of machinery and other items accompanied by detailed information boards which explain exactly whatever you are looking at. I especially liked the modern radar display which shows the various ships that are passing the headland at that moment. The screen displays details of each vessel such as it's name. size, age, cargo, ports of registry, departure and destination etc. The Heritage Centre also includes a small souvenir shop and cafe.

The seven former keepers' houses at Lizard Lighthouse have now been converted into holiday cottages. These are available for rent from Trinity House and the prices and booking details are on the website. However, Caroline explained that the lighthouse foghorn frequently sounds - so she issues free earplugs with each cottage! Caroline also explained that she runs the lighthouse with her boyfriend Don with whom she lives in one of the holiday cottages (which they rent from Trinity House). They have been there since they moved in to supervise the opening of the Heritage Centre and Caroline and Don certainly seem to have their work cut out! Not only do the two of them operate the Heritage Centre and the tours but they also staff the ticket kiosk, the souvenir shop and run the holiday cottage rentals. They certainly do well though as everything obviously runs smoothly.

My wife and I enjoyed our visit to the Lizard Lighthouse and we found it interesting and informative. I would recommend a visit to anyone including couples and families. Do include the guided tour by Caroline or Don in your visit as it's well worth the very reasonable price.

Visited May 2012
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Margate, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2012

veiws around amazing, very interesting attraction .

Visited April 2012
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Southampton Parish, Bermuda
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“Nice afternoon”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2012

Great place, perfect scenery. Interesting tour very imformative tour guide,my girlfriend even enjoyed it.

Visited April 2012
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46 reviews
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“Great place to go”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2012

Really friendly, great with my daughter, well worth the money for the tour, dont miss this one

Visited April 2012
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