We are very pleased to welcome visitors at any time during the normal station visiting hours (please go to the “Visitor Centre” tab for details of these times.) However, we are also more than happy to welcome Larger PRE-PLANNED and ORGANISED VISITS to the Station. Should you wish to arrange such a visit with a larger party or group for educational purposes or purely interest, then please contact our Lifeboat Visits Officer Martyn Chambers. His details can be found under the CONTACT tab. Martyn will be only too pleased to talk you through arranging a group visit while helping you to finalise dates and details.
October 23rd 2019 – Our thanks to the members of Railway Enthusiasts “The Branch Line Society” who visited the station for a guided tour and to present the station a cheque for £188.00 with an additional cash sum of £9.00. The Branch Line Society (BLS) is a UK-based voluntary association for railway enthusiasts. It is a national organisation and has a membership of nearly 2,000 people. Established in 1955 it is widely recognised as Britain’s leading amateur group studying railway infrastructure and the history of the networks. It pursues its aims with a news service, mainline, heritage and private rail tours along with visits and also via the production and distribution of publications. Sincere thanks to the group for the welcome donation – it was a pleasure to meet you all.
Read on for details of day to day visits to the station including the Visitor Centre and of course, the all important directions. You will also find our opening times and other useful information.
We very much look forward to meeting you ….
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 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. 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 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, 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 10.30 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 as welcoming, interesting and enjoyable as possible.
*Please remember – we are always 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. Please contact the Lifeboat Visits Officer Martyn Chambers if you wish to visit as a group. Martyn’s details can be found under the CONTACTS tab.
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.