Thinking of visiting the Lizard in Cornwall? The southernmost point in the UK is surrounded by some of the most stunning landscapes of the Cornish coast, and you won’t be disappointed. We’ve visited many times over the years, and so we decided to compile a guide to help you make the most of it! Below, we’ll explain all you need to know to plan your trip, including the best hotels near Lizard Point, things to do in the area, coastal walks, beaches, restaurant recommendations, and how to get to the Lizard Peninsula.

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Is it worth visiting Lizard Point?

There are many great reasons to visit Lizard Point in Cornwall. Also sometimes just called “the Lizard”, it is one of the UK’s most significant natural landmarks. It’s a breathtaking Cornish beauty spot that you shouldn’t miss on your travels to this part of the country.

Lizard Point is the furthest point south on the entire mainland of Great Britain. Don’t confuse it with Land’s End, another famous extremity, which is at Cornwall’s westernmost tip. The two landmarks are about an hour’s drive apart, so you could visit them both in a day if you wanted!

You’ve probably heard of the famous Land’s End to John O’Groat’s bike ride. But if you truly want to travel from the southernmost point to the northernmost on mainland Great Britain, then you’ll need to take the alternative journey: Lizard Point to Dunnet Head.

Lizard Point Cornwall view from Housel Bay
View of Lizard Point from Housel Bay on the South West Coastal Path

What is special about Lizard Point?

As a Cornishman myself through my family heritage, I visit Cornwall every year and I have been to Lizard Point several times. It’s not just the geographical noteworthiness that makes it worth visiting time and again; the Lizard is home to some of Cornwall’s finest coastal scenery, as well as being a short distance from Kynance Cove, one of the best beaches in Cornwall.

Lizard Point is on a section of the Cornish coast known as the Lizard Heritage Coast, which has been central to the county’s maritime history. There have been many famous shipwrecks here over the centuries, many of which still lie on the seabed around the peninsula, making it a popular location for scuba divers.

Lizard Peninsula is also one of the most rugged and scenic sections of the South West Coastal Path, which encircles the entire county of Cornwall. The rock formations around the peninsula are millions of years old, and the effects of waves crashing against the high clifftops over the ages has left a mesmerising array of green, red and yellow colours along the seafront.

This is the setting for some of Cornwall’s most notable beauty spots. Kynance Cove is the most famous in the area, with its pristine sand, cave systems and towering rock stacks. But there are many more breathtaking natural sights to be found all the way around the peninsula.

In this far-flung corner of the UK you can also often spot an array of exciting wildlife. The likes of dolphins, grey seals, basking sharks and seabirds thrive in the relatively untouched environment.

Why is it called the Lizard?

Nobody knows for sure how the Lizard got its name, but one likely theory suggests it derives from the Cornish phrase lys ardh, which means “high court”, and could refer to the high positioning of the peninsula over the sea.

Another theory is that the name originates from the Cornwish word lezou, which simply means “headland”. Either way, there’s no evidence that there is any connection to the reptile creature of the same name, as many people assume to be the case.

Where is Lizard Point?

Lizard Point is at the very southern tip of the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall, in the south-west of England. The landmark is about half a mile to the south of a small village called Lizard, which is dotted with nice cafés, restaurants, shops and places to stay.

Lizard Peninsula protrudes out into the English Channel between the towns of Penzance and Falmouth. It’s about 14 miles long by 14 miles wide, which is mostly sheer open countryside, with a small network of rural roads giving access to the main coastal points.

Even though it’s a relatively small area, it can take a while to get from one point to another, so allow plenty of time in your trip itinerary if you want to explore around the peninsula.

Lizard Point Cornwall
Lizard Point marks the most southerly extremity of Great Britain’s mainland

Lizard Cornwall hotels

There is a varied choice of places to stay on the Lizard, whether you want to base yourself close to Lizard village or somewhere else around the peninsula.

To get you started, here are five of our favourite accommodation choices we think you’ll like for trips to the Lizard:

The Top House Inn

📍 Lizard village  |  200-year-old inn  |  award-winning breakfast  |  0.5 miles from Lizard Point

The Top House Inn Lizard Cornwall
The 200-year-old Top House Inn is Great Britain’s most southerly pub

When you first arrive in Lizard village, you can’t miss the Top House Inn, which has a lovely outdoor beer garden right by the central square. This pub is steeped in 200 years of history and is a lovely spot to eat, but you can also choose to stay here as well.

Location scores top marks here as the inn places you right among the village’s shops and restaurants, within a half-mile walk of Lizard Point, and provides an ideal base for exploring the peninsula by car.

The Top House Inn boasts that it is Great Britain’s most southerly pub, a title you’ll notice is quite common for businesses around these parts! It’s not just a gimmick though – this is genuinely a great pub, and we usually stop in for a pint at the very least.

If a good breakfast is among your list of priorities for accommodation, the Top House Inn definitely fits the bill as it has won awards for its breakfasts. We always like a satisfying breakfast before a walk on the coastal path so it’s the perfect match for us!

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Cadgwith Cove Inn

📍 Cadgwith village  |  10-minute drive from Lizard village  |  breakfast included  |  good value

The fishing village of Cadgwith lies a short distance around the coastline to the east of Lizard Point. A sheltered cove here guards a small shingle beach occupied by a few crabbing boats, while a few sparsely scattered cottages look down from the hills above.

You can stay a stone’s throw from the harbour here at Cadgwith Cove Inn, a place we would definitely describe as a “proper local pub”! It has a typically Cornish convivial atmosphere, and you might even catch a bit of singing in the bar of an evening, or play some darts if you like.

The local crab here is famed, and you can try other seafood specials in the pub, such as scallops. While the village feels quite remote, it’s still quick enough to get around, with Lizard village a ten-minute drive away.

If you want to take the scenic route by foot, it’s only about an hour along the coastal path to Lizard Point, passing the Devil’s Frying Pan on the way (a huge hole in the cliffs where a cave collapsed).

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Housel Bay Hotel

📍 next to Lizard Point  |  breathtaking coastline setting  |  restaurants with terrace views

Housel Bay Hotel
Housel Bay Hotel has a breathtaking setting on the coastal path next to Lizard Point

Housel Bay Hotel is the closest place to stay near Lizard Point, and is without a doubt one of Cornwall’s most spectacular hotels in terms of the setting.

The bay is enclosed just to the east of Lizard Point, and the hotel stands high above the ocean on the cliffs, with a long sloping garden offering some incredible views. From the bottom of the garden you are immediately on the coastal path, a few minutes’ walk around from Lizard Point. And while the location is remote, access is easy by road, with ample free parking for guests.

As hiking enthusiasts, this place is essentially our dream stay. Think early morning rises for walks along the barren coast when nobody else is around. Bliss!

You would think this place would cost a lot more given its setting and history. The hotel was personally approved for construction by the British Prime Minister William Gladstone in the late 19th century. The prices are more than reasonable, we’re sure you will agree.

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Chyheira Bed & Breakfast

📍 between Cadgwith and Lizard village  |  family-run B&B

Situated a little inland and surrounded by countryside, Chyheira is an interesting option for accommodation on the Lizard Peninsula if bed and breakfast is more your pace.

Chyheira is run by a lovely local couple called Roy and Jayne. They are full of insights about the area and will help attentively with information about local attractions, beauty spots and how to find them.

The impressive range of breakfast options includes hog’s pudding, which is a Cornish classic. Not something you find as easily as a Cornish pasty though! Definitely try it while you’re here.

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Mullion Cove Hotel

📍 Mullion  |  stunning ocean views  |  spa facilities  |  15-minute drive to Lizard village

Mullion Cove Hotel Lizard Peninsula
Mullion Cove Hotel. Photo by Philip Halling, distributed under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license

If there is a hotel near Lizard Point that can match Housel Bay Hotel for sheer beauty of location, it is Mullion Cove Hotel. Similarly, it stands on the clifftop of a secluded cove.

You will need to be ready to pay a pretty penny for a stay here, but my word it’s worth it if you want to go the extra yard. The ocean views are dialled up to 11, with incredible blue-water panoramas from the restaurant and many of the rooms.

This is a great choice if you are looking to take a wellness break. There is a wellness centre on site, complete with spa facilities, and even an outdoor pool.

The location is a little up the coast to the west from Lizard Point, which makes it a little easier to go in the opposite direction if you want to visit St Michael’s Mount and other sites of interest around Penzance. Mullion Cove itself is also home to a small fishing village and harbour, which looks out onto the uninhabited Mullion Island.

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How to get to Lizard Point

Public transport in this part of Cornwall does exist, but it is notoriously sporadic and infrequent. With this in mind, the best way to get to Lizard Point (or anywhere else within the Lizard Peninsula) is to drive. That makes it perfect for a Cornwall road trip!

There is no railway service in the Lizard Peninsula: the nearest stations are about 40 minutes’ drive from Lizard village (Redruth, Camborne, Hayle, St Erth or Penzance. So this isn’t really a practical option either.

If you don’t have your own vehicle, we suggest using RentalCars.com to look for the best hire car options. We use it frequently on our travels ourselves, and it’s usually the place where we find the best deals.

Driving to Lizard Point

The road route to the Lizard Cornwall involves quite a bit of scenic driving in the depths of the Cornish countryside. Regardless of which direction you’re coming from – Penzance, St Ives, Falmouth, Redruth or Newquay – the the quickest route will likely be to drive to Helston on the threshold of the Lizard Peninsula, and then take the A3038 onwards to Lizard village.

This last section of the drive takes about 20 minutes along a narrow, winding country road. Take care along this section if you’re not used to the Cornish roads, as traffic still comes along here quite fast. Our guide to driving in Cornwall will help you know what to expect.

The table below shows typical driving times to Lizard Point from some of the main nearby towns:

Driving routeRoad distanceTypical drive time
Penzance to Lizard Point24 miles45 minutes
St Ives to Lizard Point26 miles45 minutes
Newquay to Lizard Point37 miles1 hour 10 minutes
Land's End to Lizard Point34 miles1 hour 10 minutes
Falmouth to Lizard Point24 miles40 minutes
Redruth to Lizard Point21 miles40 minutes
Truro to Lizard Point28 miles50 minutes
Padstow to Lizard Point53 miles1 hour 30 minutes

Lizard Point parking

Whenever we drive to Lizard Point, we always prefer to park in the village and then walk down. This gives you the chance to enjoy the shops and eateries around the village and take the short scenic trail down to the point.

There is actually some free parking in Lizard village at The Green, a large grassy knoll in the middle of the village. It works on a donation-based system, and you can pay what you like at honesty boxes around the edge. Remember to bring some change if you want to chip in!

Parking spaces at The Green are limited and do get taken up quickly, so it’s best to get there early, especially in summer or when there’s a good weather forecast.

The Green donation parking Lizard village
The car park on The Green in Lizard village works on a donation-based system

Alternatively, you can park at the large National Trust car park right next to Lizard Point. It’s free if you’re a member, or there’s a small charge otherwise.

Lizard Point National Trust car park
The National Trust car park next to Lizard Point has a large capacity

Redruth to Lizard 34 bus service

The main bus service that connects the Lizard Peninsula with nearby towns and villages is the 34, which runs from Redruth to The Green in Lizard Village.

From start to finish the route takes about two hours each way, so it makes for a long day out, but it does provide an alternative option to driving if you are staying along the route, or you can get to Redruth by train (the bus stops at the station there).

The route passes through Helston and Mullion as well as various smaller village stops. Check out the full timetable for details.

Walking from Lizard village to Lizard Point

Once you have arrived in Lizard village, the walk down to Lizard Point is a simple and scenic one that takes about 15 minutes at a leisurely pace.

From The Green car park in the village square, walk south, past the Top House Inn and the Witchball bar, and then join Lighthouse Road by Tregullas Farm.

Lighthouse Road leads all the way to the car park at Lizard Point. There is a footpath alongside the road for a while. Towards the end it merges and you need to walk on the narrow road, so be mindful of cars.

Keep on waking past the car park and you’re there!

Lizard Point Lighthouse Road
The last section of Lighthouse Road as you approach Lizard Point

Lizard Peninsula walks

The beautiful, untouched scenery of the Lizard Peninsula is the setting for some of the best walks in Cornwall. The 50-kilometre stretch of coastline around the peninsula is punctuated with high, rocky cliffs that conceal idyllic bays and beaches between red-green headlands.

Walking difficulty: the walks around the Lizard Peninsula are generally moderate, and can be done by anybody with a decent basic level of fitness. There are a few slopes and steps here and there, so you may need to take it steadily.

The winds can get fierce along the long, exposed sections of coastal paths, but that’s what we love about it! A morning hike on the Lizard Peninsula is the most refreshing way you could possibly start the day.

So, here is a quick selection of some of the best walks you can try near Lizard Point.

The Lizard circular coastal walk

📍 Distance: 7 miles / 11 kilometres

⏰ Walking time: 3 hours approx

One of the classic walks on the Lizard Peninsula is a circular route that encompasses the coastal section between Kynance Cove and Bass Point, with Lizard village in the middle.

The starting point for the walk is typically at Kynance Cove, where you can park in the National Trust car park for the day. But as it’s a circular, you can start anywhere along the route and sprinkle some sightseeing along the way.

Sights to look out for along the way include Polpeor Cove, where there is an abandoned old lifeboat station, and Housel Bay.

You can see the full route on the National Trust website.

Kynance Cove to Lizard Point walk

📍 distance: 2.5 miles / 4 kilometres

⏰ Walking time: 50 minutes

This is a much shorter walk that covers the direct section of coastal path between Kynance Cove and Lizard Point. It’s a nice option if you want to take it a bit easier as a there-and-back trail instead of the longer circular above.

You can park at Kynance Cove, take the gentle walk southwards along the coastal path to Lizard Point. Then take your time to explore Lizard village and have a bite to eat, before making the return walk.

Lizard coastal walk
The rugged coastal path between Lizard Point and Kynance Cove

Porthleven to Lizard Point walk

📍 distance: 15 miles / 24 kilometres

⏰ Walking time: 6–7 hours

If you’re a hiking enthusiast looking for a longer trail on Lizard Peninsula, then the trail from Porthleven might be the best option for you. At 24 kilometres it’s a challenge, but doable over a long day’s walk allowing time for a picnic lunch on the way.

The trail involves a fair amount of altitude gain along the way – about 800 metres of gain and descent. But the gradient is fairly spread out along the route and there are not many steep sections.

For the ambitious hikers who take on the complete South West Coastal Path, the Porthleven to Lizard Point walk is a classic one-day section, with overnight stays in Porthleven and Lizard village.

If you want to do this hike in isolation, you’ll need to arrange return transport from Lizard Point, or have an overnight stay.

Mullion Cove to Lizard Point walk

📍 distance: 6.5 miles / 10 kilometres

⏰ Walking time: 2.5–3 hours

The Mullion Cove to Lizard Point walk is a nice middle ground if you’re not quite up for the full day hike from Porthleven. It cover a little less than half the distance, and is (in our opinion) the more attractive section of the path, incorporating Kynance Cove and the Predannack Cliffs.

This route also gives the option to make it a long day’s return hike. You could start early, get to Lizard Point for midday for some lunch and sightseeing, then make the return walk in time for dinner back at Mullion Cove.

Cadgwith to Lizard Point walk

📍 distance: 3.5 miles / 5.5 kilometres

⏰ Walking time: 90 minutes

This beautiful walk explores a section of the coastal path to the east of Lizard Point. It takes about an hour and a half as a point-to-point walk, which then works neatly as a return day hike if you begin at Cadgwith and break it up with some time at Lizard Point and the village.

There’s also an option to make it a circular walk, with a return trail inland that passes through farmland and fields.

As described above, Cadgwith is a charming old fishing and crabbing village that feels like a step back in time. It’s a beautiful spot to stay, or base yourself for this return day walk. 

Make sure you stop along the way to see the Devil’s Frying Pan, a collapsed sea cave that has left a jaw-dropping rocky arch in its wake. You will also pass by the famous Lizard Lifeboat Station – more on that below.

Housel Bay coastal path steps
The coastal path high above Housel Bay, between Cadgwith and Lizard Point

Things to do near Lizard Point

Even if walking isn’t your thing, there are still plenty of things to do around the Lizard and nearby. Here are some of our favourite activities and sights to see in the area:

See the heritage displays at the Lizard Lifeboat Station

Around the headland to the east side of Lizard Point and Housel Bay, the historic Lizard Lifeboat Station is nestled among the cliffs. The Lizard area has had an operational lifeboat for more than 150 years, and the service moved to this spot on Church Cove in 1885. 

It’s not just any lifeboat station though. It doubles up as a museum! Inside the boathouse you can wander through fascinating displays that tell the story of lifeboat rescues and shipwrecks around the Lizard Peninsula since Victorian times.

Climb the tower at the Lizard Lighthouse Heritage Centre

Lizard Point’s headland features the unmissable white twin-tower Lizard Lighthouse, which stands prominently on the headland.

This unique lighthouse complex was built in 1751, and so its occupants have witnessed some dramatic seafaring incidents and adventures over the centuries!

The lighthouse is still operational today, and the site has also been adapted into a visitor experience. At the Lizard Lighthouse Heritage Centre you can try out original machinery in the engine room, see interactive displays, and learn stories about the lighthouse’s history. Best of all, you can climb the 19-metre high main tower for a unique view of Lizard Point from above.

Lizard Lighthouse Heritage Centre
Lizard Lighthouse’s twin towers dominate the headland at Lizard Point

Have lunch at Britain’s most southerly café

Standing a few short paces away from Lizard Point, Polpeor Café enjoys the title of being Britain’s most southerly café. Situated right at the tip of the headland next to the plaque that marks Lizard Point, the café has some truly spectacular views. Try and get a window seat if you can to make the most of it.

The café is the perfect choice for lunch if you want to complete the checkboxes of “most southerly” experiences! It also serves breakfast, from 9am, so you could make it the start of your day instead. It’ll be a bit easier to get a good table then as it’s quieter before midday.

On the menu you’ll find some classics like clotted cream teas, crab sandwiches, and battered fish and chips with a local catch. 

Peruse the gallery at Art on Point

The cosy building next to Polpeor Café is an art gallery that displays the works of talented local artists. Art on Point is open 10am–5pm every day of the week, so make sure you drop in to get a glimpse of the area’s creative side.

As well as various paintings with coastal themes, you’ll find all sorts of imaginative miniature sculptures, many made with driftwood recovered from around the headland.

Art on Point
Polpeor Café and Art on Point, Britain’s most southerly café and gallery at Lizard Point

Have lunch with panoramic sea views at Wavecrest Café

Another option for lunch with a view at Lizard Point is Wavecrest Café, which has a stunning open terrace area with wooden benches looking out onto Lizard Point. There’s also a raised wooden breakfast-bar style installation with seating facing directly out onto the sea.

Their fish pie is the ideal hearty treat for lunch if you’ve just arrived after a morning’s hike along the coastal path.

Wavecrest Café
Wavecrest Café has an outdoor terrace overlooking Lizard Point

Browse the shop and gallery at Mungo Lils

As you walk down to Lizard Point from the National Trust car park, you’ll see a bright blue shed building on the left. This former stone specialists’ workshop has been repurposed as a gallery and shop called Mungo Lils on the Hill.

It’s not the gimmicky kind of gift shop you might expect to find at a tourist attraction. You’ll see anything here from colourful calendars to craft peanut butter. Definitely stop here if you want to take home a creative and original gift from your visit to the Lizard Peninsula.

Mungo Lils on the Hill Lizard Point
Mungo Lils on the Hill is a gallery and gift shop at Lizard Point

Have a drink at Witchball, Britain’s most southerly bar

Set in a 600-year-old cottage in Lizard village, the Witchball claims the title of being the most southerly pub in mainland Great Britain. 

We stopped at the Witchball between lockdowns during the pandemic, when the then-owners constructed an outdoor roofed area so they could open under the circumstances. This space has now returned to being a beer garden, which is lovely in summer, but the real charm and warming atmosphere is inside the historic building.

If you’re visiting Cornwall in winter, you can’t beat a good local pint and a plate of fish and chips here after a refreshing coastal walk.

The Witchball Lizard village
The Witchball in Lizard is the most southerly pub in mainland Great Britain

Spot the colourful buildings in Lizard village

We mentioned the bright blue gallery of Mungo Lils above, and you will soon find that loud colours are quite a theme around Lizard village. Many houses, whether residential or local businesses, are daubed in an array of bright hues.

Opposite the village post office, look out for Rogadga, a gaudy pink-red house with a mural painted on one side, and decorated with almost an entire jungle of plant pots at the front.

At first when we visited we assumed this was a shop, but it’s actually someone’s home. I hope I can create a home with such character one day! It’s definitely worth stopping to appreciate.

Pink colourful plant pot house Lizard Cornwall
Look out for the pink house decorated with plant pots on the narrow roads of Lizard village

Try a famous Treleavens ice cream

Warm weather in Cornwall calls for Cornish ice cream. Treleavens is one of the very best we’ve tried, and you can buy it at the Lizard Ice Cream and Gift Shop.

Treleavens is based near Bodmin, and their ice cream is made from a network of 25 cow farms. There are tons of different flavours to try, but you honestly can’t go wrong with the traditional Cornish vanilla.

The Lizard Ice Cream and Gift Shop
Treleavens Cornish ice cream is stocked at the gift shop on the Green in Lizard village

Have a cuppa at Coast Coffee Bar

If you’re a bit of a coffee connoisseur, make sure you stop at Coast. You can have a delicious cup of locally sourced coffee here, and there’s a lovely outdoor patio area for those summery afternoons.

Coffee is the speciality here as the name suggests, but they also serve cocktails and beers if you fancy something stronger.

Coast Coffee Bar and Bistro
Coast Coffee Bar and Bistro in Lizard village

Discover radio transmission history at the Marconi Centre

Did you know that the first ever transatlantic radio signal was sent from the Lizard Peninsula? Cornwall’s history of wireless communications is fascinating, and you can learn about it at the Marconi Centre, the site of that groundbreaking transmission in 1901.

The Marconi Centre is on Poldhu Cove on the west side of the Lizard Peninsula, and is run entirely by local volunteers. Video presentations and displays here tell the story of the work of Guglielmo Marconi, the engineer behind that historic transmission, and the pioneering experiments carried out at the site in those early years.

Take a drive to St Michael’s Mount

One of Cornwall’s most internationally recognised landmarks, St Michael’s Mount, is just around the coast from the Lizard Peninsula. About a 45-minute drive from Lizard village, you could combine the two landmarks into a single day trip if you’re visiting from further afield.

St Michael’s Mount is just offshore from Marazion, near Penzance, and is only accessible by foot at low tide via a bricked causeway. In recent times it was used as the filming location for Driftmark in HBO’s House of the Dragon TV series.

Allow a couple of hours to explore the island’s historic castle and gardens. But don’t forget to check the tide times before you set off!

Explore the beaches near Lizard Point

The Lizard Peninsula’s coastline is riddled with sandy beaches, with a mixture of long golden stretches and isolated bays and coves to be discovered. Here are some of our favourite beaches near Lizard Point you shouldn’t miss:

Kynance Cove

One of Cornwall’s most iconic beaches, Kynance Cove is a postcard-perfect picture of white sand, rock stacks and mazy caves. Experienced surfers love it here for the impressive waves.

It’s a little bit of a walk down to the beach from the National Trust car park, and for the final part you need to clamber over some rocks to reach the sand, which can be a bit slippy.

You’ll only experience the full glory of Kynance Cove when the tide is low, so check the times before you visit.

Best beaches in Cornwall: Kynance Cove
Kynance Cove is best to visit at low tide for the famous view

Pentreath Beach

A less-visited beach right next to Kynance Cove is Pentreath Beach. You can reach it from the same National Trust car park via a short walk along the coastal path in the opposite direction.

Pentreath Beach faces due west, which makes it fabulous for sunsets. There are no restrictions on dogs at any time of year, and it’s always quiet, so it also lends itself perfectly to long morning walks with the refreshing gust of the Atlantic winds.

Pentreath Beach
Pentreath Beach is a less-visited beach near Kynance Cove

Mullion Cove

The harbour at Mullion Cove on the western side of the Lizard Peninsula protects one of its most peculiar and picturesque bays, and at low tide there’s a lovely little beach here.

The coastal path rises high quickly next to the harbour, and you can get a spectacular view down to the cove and beach if you climb up to either side.

Housel Bay Beach

The small bay immediately to the east of Lizard Point conceals one of Cornwall’s smallest beaches. You will only find sand at Housel Bay Beach when it’s low tide, but it’s a beautiful secluded spot when the conditions are right, and there is rarely anybody else around. Like your own private bathing spot!

You can reach Housel Bay Beach by descending a steep path and stairway from the coastal path, less than ten minutes’ walk from Lizard Point. Be careful with your footing on the way down.

Housel Bay Beach
Housel Bay Beach is the closest beach to Lizard Point

Kennack Sands

One of the most popular beaches on the eastern side of the peninsula is Kennack Sands, just a 15-minute drive away from Lizard Point. It’s easily accessible, with a large car park, and has lots of facilities including a lifeguard service.

This is a superb beach for families with children as it’s one of the biggest in the area, with plenty of sand, and a network of rock pools to explore.

Praa Sands

Praa Sands is a beach I visited every year in my childhood, and still love now as an adult. Just a ten-minute drive from Porthleven, it’s a short distance away from Lizard Peninsula, and well worth incorporating into your itinerary for beach-hopping in the area.

The mile-long beach is sheltered at either end by rocky headlands, which both offer fantastic views if you climb up onto the coastal path. There’s a great bar and restaurant in the middle of the beach called Sandbar, right among the dunes.

A lifeguard service is in place through the summer months and it’s a lovely swimming spot.

Beaches in Cornwall: Praa Sands
Praa Sands is a short drive away from Lizard Peninsula

Lizard Cornwall restaurants

We’ve already mentioned some great places to eat around the Lizard, but here’s a quick round-up of our top recommendations:

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  • The Witchball: Great Britain’s southernmost bar is also a restaurant and serves some great local classics.
  • The Top House Inn: pub classics in the heart of Lizard village.
  • Wavecrest Café: tasty classic Cornish food with that remarkable setting overlooking Lizard Point.
  • Fat Apples Café: Home-cooked food with local ingredients, over on the east side of the peninsula next to Porthallow Beach – try the crab salad!
  • Cadgwith Cove Inn: mentioned above for accommodation, but worth visiting for the food even if you don’t stay here. Does a great Sunday lunch.
  • The Greenhouse: a bistro restaurant serving organic local food in St Keverne that almost verges on fine dining. Only open Thursday to Saturday.
  • Jumunjy: for something a little different, this fabulous Thai restaurant inland is run by a couple from Koh Phangan in southern Thailand. It’s convenient as well, right on the A3083 – you could stop for dinner on your way back from Lizard Point.

If you’re a travelling foodie and plan to explore this part of Cornwall further, also take a look at our favourite restaurants in Penzance.

What to pack for a day out at the Lizard

The Lizard Peninsula features some of Cornwall’s most exposed coastline. This is part of its appeal, but it also means the weather can be more intense than other places, especially those gusty Atlantic winds.

Here are a few essentials we always pack for trips to the Lizard:

  • A wind-proof hiking jacket, especially if you’ll be walking on the coastal path
  • A sturdy pair of footwear – see our recommendations on the best hiking boots for travel
  • Sun protection: sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Camera and or/binoculars for wildlife spotting, and those views!
  • Snacks for walking
  • Swimwear and towels for the beach
  • Download the area map on Maps.me in case you go out of signal

Have you been to the Lizard Peninsula before? We’d love to know about your experiences in the comments below.

Don’t wait for summer holidays to visit again – check our guide to taking a workation in Cornwall to see how you can combine work and travel in this beautiful part of the UK.

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