Visit The Lizard Lifeboat Station

The Lizard Lifeboat Station and the Funicular Lift.

As you can see the station is set in an almost unique position at the bottom a cliff! Its remote location means that every time the boat is launched, the crew have to run down more than 170 steep steps from the station car park to the boathouse. Given the nature of the rocky coast all around, since 1961 this has been the perfect position for the Lizard Lifeboat Station and is now very definitely home!

Fortunately the lift is a welcome sight to take the crews back up the cliff – especially if they have spent a long time at sea…. Unfortunately the lift is not for everyday general public use and this is strictly monitored by station personnel. However, there are certain times it can be and sometimes is utilised for our less able visitors? If in any doubt, for instance if you have walking difficulties then please telephone the station before your visit. 


From Helston take the road A3083 to The Lizard – From the The Lizard Village take the road to Church Cove (it is sign posted)

You will pass the church on your left (Please park in the car park just beyond the church as unfortunately there is no public parking inside the station grounds) then follow the road down on foot until you see a signed LIZARD LIFEBOAT gated entrance on the right.

Follow the road through the field up to the station. Always bear in mind, the Lifeboat Station is set in farm land and from time to time you may encounter the farmers cattle along the way! If you have your dog with you, please remember at all times to  keep it under control on a lead.  You are more than welcome to bring your dog/s into the boathouse, again all we ask is that you keep them on their leads. Should you be out walking the South West Coast path, the path runs right through  and past the station grounds, the easterly path leading toward Cadgwith and the other way back to The Lizard village. Just another way of arriving to pay us a visit!

Visitors are always welcome to visit the boathouse and we look forward to seeing you ….

The Lizard Lifeboat Visitor Centre in the boathouse is open from 10.30am until 3.30pm on Monday to Thursday and Saturday and Sunday and from 10.30am until 12.30pm on Friday. The Centre is managed and operated by a dedicated team of volunteers who are always available and whose aim is to make your visit as interesting and enjoyable as possible.

We are really pleased to welcome larger groups on educational or purely interest visits as part of a pre-arranged trip.  In order to plan the most enjoyable day for your party we do require advance warning.  If you wish to visit as a group,  please contact the station on 01326 290451 where we will be pleased to help.  Or email: The_Lizard@rnli


The Winch House is situated at the top of the steps leading down to the Boathouse and is the first building you will see when you arrive at the station – it houses all the mechanical and electrical gear required to operate the funicular lift. The South West Coast Path which runs through the station grounds can be seen on the left leading off toward Cadgwith and beyond ….