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Bishop Rock Island, United Kingdom

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Lenght: 46 meters. Width: 16 meters.

Located in the Atlantic Ocean, the island of Bishop Rock is a true champion of the Guinness Book of Records. It is the smallest of the built-up islands in the world. The first lighthouse on the island was built in the mid 19th century. Reliable granite blocks with a total weight of around 6 000 tonnes were used to build the facility. The height of the lighthouse is 49 meters, and there is a helipad on its top. Until 1992, the superintendent lived permanently in the lighthouse of Bishop Rock. After that the lighthouse was automated.

Today, it is a popular tourist attraction. Boat tours to the ancient lighthouse are regularly conducted. Sometimes travelers are even allowed to land on the small island. Surrounded by the sea, it looks really tiny. The length of the island is about 46 meters, and its width is about 16 meters. The lighthouse wasn’t constructed by chance. In the early 19th century, lots of ships collided because of the underwater rocks.

Currently, the water close to the island of Bishop Rock is full of sunken ships. After construction of the lighthouse, the number of accidents has decreased significantly. The first facility on the island was built back in 1849, but it was destroyed during one of the storms. The lighthouse that travelers can see today was built in 1858. It is characterized by an incredibly robust structure. Each year it experiences more than 30 of the strongest storms. Today, the lighthouse is well equipped. It can accommodate up to four people. Each year, the island lost in the Atlantic Ocean is visited by lighthouse keepers and workers who are servicing it. Next - Chess Pavilion


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Useful staff nearby

ATM bankomat: 'Lloyds Bank' located in 10 km ( check the route on the map).
Car rental office: 'The Scilly Cart Co.' is located in 10 km ( on the map).
Supermarket: 'The Co-operative Food' in 10 km
Police station: 'IoSPD' in 10 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'coastguards. cafe' in 7 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Newquay Airport NQY - in 120 km
 »  Plymouth City Airport PLH - in 177 km
 »  Guipavas Airport BES - in 216 km
 »  Landivisiau Airport LDV - in 229 km
 »  Haverfordwest Airport HAW - in 241 km
 Cities nearby

Best hotels near Bishop Rock Island

Grasscroft

Located in 58 km from Bishop Rock Island
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Rooms: 2
The simply decorated Grasscroft has a living area with a fireplace and a TV. The kitchen comes with an electric hob, oven, fridge, microwave, toaster … More: photo, rates and booking
Boswedden House

Located in 60 km from Bishop Rock Island
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Rooms: 8
Each room at the Boswedden includes a window seat, en-suite facilities and a refreshment tray. There is also a wardrobe available. The property … More: photo, rates and booking
Wellington Hotel

Located in 61 km from Bishop Rock Island
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Rooms: 11
Built before the Battle of Waterloo, the Wellington has been a hotel since 1813. It's named after the Duke of Wellington who is said to have visited … More: photo, rates and booking
Marine Lodge

Located in 68 km from Bishop Rock Island
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Rooms: 1
The bedroom has a king-size bed that can be made into twin beds. The en suite bathroom is modern and comes with bathrobes, toiletries and a … More: photo, rates and booking

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