The name “lizard” comes from the Cornish name “LYS ARDH “ meaning high court

Lizards coast is dangerous for ships and is known as the “graveyard of ships “– the area covers 14 x 14 sq miles

It is situated approx. 10 miles south of helston and it is a tourist area.

At lizard point stands the lizard light house, which was first established in 1619, the current light house was built in 1751. in 1998 the light house was automated and unmanned.

The RNLI operate from the lizard the current location is KILCOBBEN COVE. The lizard has been the site of many ship disasters

The metal Titanium was discovered here by the Reverand William Gregor in 1791. It is famous for its local serpentine stone which is green veined with red and white

Things to see and do around the lizard

  • Bonython Manor
  • Goonhilly satellite earth station
  • Lizard adventure

Guglielmo Marconi chose the lizard for his radio transmission, which was part of the first transatlantic message.

Natural England recognise the lizard peninsula as a natural character area being a place of tranquillity

The lizard is not a crossroads, a junction or a drive through but a journeys end – a destination.

It is recognised as being an area of botanical importance – where you will find 15 of Britain’s rarest plants.

Don’t forget to visit

  • Lizard heritage light house centre
  • RNLI lizard lifeboat station
  • Lizard green walk

Population approx. 900 people


Lizard point is known for its wildlife with spotting of the Cornish Chough bird, which is important in the Cornish culture.