The Lizard Lifeboat



We are very pleased to welcome visitors at any time during normal station visiting hours – just click on the “Visitor Centre” button below which will take you to the page where you will find details of these times.

However, we are also more than happy to welcome Larger PRE-PLANNED and ORGANISED VISITS to the Station.  As already mentioned, PRE-planned means just that – we do need advance warning in order to offer you the best experience for you and your group – Should you wish to arrange such a visit with a larger party or group for educational purposes or simply interest, then please do telephone the Lifeboat Station directly on 01326 290451 where Coxswain Dan Atkinson or Lifeboat Operations Manager (LOM) Ned Nuzum will be pleased to help you. The Station telephone number is also listed under CONTACTS tab.


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 a very short way 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. Please bear in mind, the Lifeboat Station is set in private farm land and from time to time you may encounter the farmers cattle along the way! If you have your dog/s with you, please remember at all times to keep them under control on their leads.  You are more than welcome to bring your dog/s into the boathouse, all we ask again is that you always 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!


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 and sometimes is utilised for our less able visitors? If you are in any doubt, for instance if you have walking difficulties then please telephone the station before your 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 10.30 am until 3.30 pm on Monday to Thursday and Saturday and Sunday and from 10.30 am until 12.30 pm 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 welcoming, interesting and as enjoyable as possible.


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. The building houses all the mechanical and electrical gear required to operate the funicular lift and of course is not open to the public. The South West Coast Path which runs through the station grounds can be seen to the left of the winch house leading off toward Cadgwith and beyond.