5 to try: lighthouses in Cornwall
Cornwall’s lighthouses perform a vital role in the safety of mariners and offer stunning landmarks. Here's our 5 to try and explore these wonderful coastal beacons.
Lizard Lighthouse - The Lizard
One of Cornwall’s most iconic landmarks, the twin towers of the Lizard Lighthouse mark the most southerly point of mainland Britain. A lighthouse has stood on the site since 1619 albeit for the time when the towers were demolished and later rebuilt in 1751 and excitingly Lizard Lighthouse is one of the few lighthouses that can actually be visited today. Step inside the Visitor Centre housed within the Engine Room and experience life as a Lighthouse Keeper – climb the lighthouse tower, sound a foghorn and send a message using Morse Code.
St Anthony’s Lighthouse - St Anythony's near Falmouth
Sitting at the eastern entrance to Falmouth Harbour on the furthest point of the Roseland Peninsula, St Anthony’s Lighthouse has guided ships clear of the infamous Manacles rocks since 1835. Today it is perhaps best known for its starring role in the much-loved children’s TV series of the 80’s, Fraggle Rock and has become home to one of Cornwall’s most sought-after holiday rentals; its former lighthouse keeper cottage, Sally Port Cottage.
Godrevy Lighthouse - Godrevy, near St Ives Bay
As Virginia Woolf’s inspiration for ‘To the Lighthouse’ the beauty of the vista encapsulating Godrevy Lighthouse is renowned and has attracted many more than just the fans of her bestselling novel on the literary trail. Located on an island 3 ½ miles from St Ives Bay, Godrevy Lighthouse was built in 1859 following a catalogue of fatal shipwrecks on the Stones, a dangerous reef which extends outwards from the island towards St Ives and today boasts solar powered operations.
Trevose Head Lighthouse - Trevose Head near Padstow
Rising to a height of 150 feet above the crashing waves on a headland in north Cornwall between the sandy beaches of Harlyn and Constantine, the need for Trevose Head Lighthouse was much debated before its eventual build in 1847. Now converted into holiday cottages, Trevose’s four keepers’ cottages provide exhilarating visitor experiences and offer an opportunity to see the power of Mother Nature from the comfort of an exclusive hideaway.
Longships Lighthouse - Longships near Land's End
Positioned one mile out to the west of the rugged cliffs of Land’s End at the extreme southwest point of mainland Britain, Longships Lighthouse is one of Cornwall’s earliest lighthouses having been built in 1795. It warned of the rocks below which had claimed countless ships blinded by thick sea mist.
These lighthouses are owned and maintained by Trinity House, for more information visit www.trinityhouse.co.uk.
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