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“Lightbulb about 100x smaller than I expected!”

Lizard Lighthouse Heritage Center
Ranked #3 of 8 things to do in Lizard
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed July 15, 2014

Visited in June 2014 while on holiday in Cornwall. We paid for the guided tour which took us to the top of the lighthouse and where the guide explained in detail how it all worked. I was shocked to discover that the lightbulb they use in the top of the lighthouse is much smaller than I expected - I'd say it's about the size of a cucumber. Oh and if their main lights fail then the back-up one is even smaller than lightbulbs than you'd use at home :).

Other than the guided tour the museumy bit is laid out really well and keeps you interested - we spent about half an hour in the side room watching the intriguing (if a little dated) video about all the lighthouses in Cornwall. Definitely recommend having a go on the foghorn!!! I enjoyed reading the bits they'd done about how the lighthouse operators used to live, it really gives you a flavour of what their lives were like.

Spent about £25 in the gift shop! Some really nice stuff in there (the shops at Lizard point are also good for getting gifts - good place to go if you've got to buy stuff for people back home).

Top tip - if the weather is nice then park your car by the shops in Lizard Point because it's free to park there whereas you'll have to pay if you drive all the way down to the lighthouse. It's only a ten minute walk (a picturesque sort of walk that gets you excited for when you'll be able to see the lighthouse).

Highly recommend you pop in for a visit, I'm definitely more a fan of lighthouses now than I was before I visited. I even bought a book on all the different lighthouses in Cornwall and Devon, wonderful bedtime reading!

2  Thank Edward C
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Reviewed July 15, 2014

We were staying in the Lizard youth hostel, and this is just a few steps along the path. We opted to do the guided tour of the lighthouse - A very knowledgeable guide took us round and up the lighthouse. We learnt a lot and there is a great view from the top.

Thank Suzie K
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Reviewed July 11, 2014

Our Canadian guest on our trip to the Lizard for one of "Ann's famous Pasties" asked could we go to the "Tip" of this part of the county. We drove down and parked,short walk in splendid sun and scenery took us there,I have a minor mobility problem but found it OK.
Well worth the detour and for the fresh air alone you should give it a try.

1  Thank RoyL65
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Reviewed July 4, 2014

Visited on a beautiful sunny day this week, and it's well worth the £7 entrance - we had a look around the Heritage centre first and took the 40 minute tour afterwards. The guide (John) was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable, and obviously had a real interest in the lighthouse and it's history. Whilst it's no longer a manned lighthouse, the stories of the past and what the keepers went through made great listening, and if you pick a sunny day, the views are superb.
If you don't want to pay for parking, it's an easy 15 minute walk from the village.

Thank Mark H
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Reviewed June 24, 2014

Really worthwhile visit; excellent guide - a Cornishman to boot! Fascinating to climb up to the "optic", to hear the history and to learn about how it works today. Wonderful views too.

Thank chloedog2
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