Lizard Lighthouse Heritage Centre

Our flagship visitor centre reopened in 2009 with interactives, bright displays, historical artefacts and a shop with gifts for all ages

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.

Admission prices -

Heritage Centre & Lighthouse Tour

Adult £8.50
Children (age 16 & under)

Please note minimum height restriction of 1.1 metres tall to climb the tower
Saver Child (with purchase of 2 adult tickets) £4.50
Passport holder £4.00

Admission prices -

Heritage Centre & Grounds

Adults £4.00
Children (age 16 & under) £3.00
Saver Child (with purchase of 2 adult tickets) £3.00
International Lighthouse Passport Holders Free

Lizard Lighthouse Visitor Centre accepts cash and credit / debit card payments. Cards accepted are: Visa, Mastercard, American Express and China Union cards, as well as contactless payments through Apple and Android phones and watches.

Advance / Group Bookings

Please email in advance for group bookings of ten or more people (see Contact Details above). For groups of less than 10, tickets are purchased on the day, directly from the Visitor Centre.

Please note, Trinity House reserves the right to close for operational reasons at short notice.

The distinctive twin towers of the Lizard Lighthouse mark the most southerly point of mainland Britain.

You can climb the Lighthouse. See the breathtaking views from the top. Learn about the workings of the Lizard Lighthouse and the different aids to navigation and light sources. Understand how satellite navigation and emerging technology helps the mariner. Listen to lighthouse keepers’ stories and learn about living and working in a lighthouse. The main exhibit now features Trinity House artefacts previously on display at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall. These include a magnificent pair of 12ft lightvessel optics as well as the solid bronze entrance doors from the Bishop Rock Lighthouse smashed through by storm waves!

Come and see the original hand-operated fire truck that the Lizard Lighthouse keepers kept on standby in the engine room. You can even build a giant foam Lighthouse, learn Morse Code and much more!

The only Trinity House lighthouse in Cornwall you can climb up.

Children are very welcome but they must be at least 1.1 metres in height and physically capable of ascending and descending the staircases by themselves unaided.

Established in 1619, Lizard Light Station has been lighting the way for 400 years and many
unique events and competitions will be part of the celebrations in 2019

Below is an initial list of planned events. Further information will be added nearer each event's date.

May 1

"Building the Beacon 1619" 5-6:30 pm Ticketed event

May 30

Killigrew event/tour 5-6:30pm

June 2

Pirate parade costume competition 4pm

July 24 - Sept 1pm

Chest from Disney's 'Pirates of the Caribbean 2' on display

July 25

Killigrew event/tour 5-6:30pm

July 28

Pirate parade costume competition 4pm

August 1

Killigrew event/tour 5-6:30pm

August 4

Pirate parade costume competition 4pm

August 8

Killigrew event/tour 5-6:30pm

August 11
Pirate parade costume competition 4pm

August 15
Killigrew event/tour 5-6:30pm

August 18
Pirate parade costume competition 4pm

August 22
Killigrew event/tour 5-6:30pm

August 25
Pirate parade costume competition 4pm

August 29

Killigrew event/tour 5-6:30pm

August 31

Lego building competition closes for entries

Sept 1

Tolkien Talk and tour 5-7pm

Oct 23

Killigrew event/tour 4-5:30pm

Oct 31

Pirate parade costume competition 3:30pm

Lego building competition winner announced.

Dec 1

"Lighting the Beacon 1619" 12:30pm

Dec 7

Storytime 12:30pm

Dec 14

Storytime 12:30pm

Dec 28

Storytime 12:30pm

Please note these are provisional dates and for operational reasons may change. For further information please contact (0)1326 290202.

The lighthouse is well signposted from Lizard village, which is approximately one mile away. Lizard village is on the A3083 from Helston.


National Trust car park next to entrance gate. Please note: The road from the village to the lighthouse is not suitable for large vehicles such as coaches.