The Lizard Peninsula is untamed and beautiful!
The Lizard Point is the most south-westerly point of the British mainland and only 21 miles or 35 mins. by car.
The Lizard Peninsular is the land that stretches into the sea to the south of Helston. It’s a large area and sparsely populated area that is made up of moorland, valleys, hills and of course, some spectacular coastline. Although it’s a thirty-minute drive or so to get there, the untamed beauty of the Lizard Peninsular is a treat to witness.
The wild uplands of the peninsula give way to the beautiful, sheltered coves scattered along the coast and time exploring this amazing part of Cornwall is well spent.
There are so many things to do;
The famous Goonhilly Earth Station is situated on the Lizard and is the world’s largest satellite earth receiving station.There are over 60 communications dishes, 25 of which are in use, providing a significant proportion of the UK’s satellite connectivity.
The first communications dish was built in 1962 to link with Telstar and received the first live transatlantic television broadcasts from the United States. The visitors centre is closed at the moment but you can still see the large antenna dishes from the roadside.
The Cornish Seal Sanctuary is a great day out .The centre is on the banks of the Helford River, next to the village of Gweek. Spend time enjoying learning about these wonderful creatures.
The Cornish Seal Sanctuary is open 7 days a week (except Christmas Day)
Monday – Sunday: 11am – 4pm (Last admissions 3pm)
In 1900 the Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi carried out ground breaking wireless experiments on The Lizard., near Poldhu. You can visit Marconi’s two stations, and see how, with determination and vision, he paved the way for the world-wide communication we have today.
In 2001 the Marconi Centre was opened by the National Trust and Marconi PLC to mark the centenary of his first transatlantic signal.
The radio station has been restored to how it would have looked in Marconi’s day, and the small museum is open regularly Easter to October.
Small fishing coves and beaches. All along the coastline you can find traditional fishing communities and none more picturesque than Coverack. Here you’ll find the green serpentine and hornblende harbour built in 1724 backed by thatched cottages and still a small number of little boats working from the harbour.
A visit to the Lizard would not be complete without a visit to the most southerly point in the UK with it’s amazing lighthouse, the only lighthouse you can climb in Cornwall.
This real Lighthouse has been shining a light for over 260 years, guiding ships safely home.
There is an interactive learning centre where there is something for everyone; powering up the foghorn, understanding satellite navigation, to the food you need on rock lighthouses. You can experience these as well;
- Listen to Lighthouse Keepers’ stories, about life on Rock Lighthouses.
- Track ships live as they battle through stormy waves.
- Build a giant foam lighthouse, as tall as you!
- Send a message using Morse Code
- Learn to spell your name, using Semaphore Flags.
- Learn about the dangers of the weather; complete your own log book.
- Power up the foghorn and let it blast. There’s so much to see and do.
Please note….Children are very welcome but they must be they must be at least 1.1metres in height and physically capable of ascending and descending the staircases by themselves unaided. Under no circumstances can children or babies be carried up or down the staircases in the lighthouse.However if you are too small to climb the lighthouse there are still plenty of exciting, fun things to experience on the ground level.