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Charlestown Shipwreck Centre

Closed Now: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Open today: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Very interesting museum with lots of wonderful displays.A great way to spend a couple of hours if... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Witham, United Kingdom

Charlestown is a lovely place to visit and used in so many film sets including Poldark. You can... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Europe's largest private collection of shipwreck artefacts with nearly 8,000 artefacts from over 150 shipwrecks located in Charlestown, Cornwall. (A UNESCO World Heritage site)
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Hours Today: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Quay Road, Charlestown, St Austell PL25 3NJ, England
+44 1726 69897
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All reviews heritage centre well worth a visit local history shipwreck centre interesting exhibits rainy day on display great museum tall ship china clay value for money couple of hours two hours interesting place all ages interesting visit car park
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Very interesting museum with lots of wonderful displays.A great way to spend a couple of hours if visiting the area.Well worth a visit.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank roger_ashcroft
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was ok but only went into the place because we were curious about what was in there. Younger ones may find it hard going.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank moleschamber
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Charlestown is a lovely place to visit and used in so many film sets including Poldark. You can visit the boat used in the production. As for the shipwreck museum. It's a great place (I've been before and was taking friends) but it was closed...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank chrissT8030TW
KevinD4977, Manager at Charlestown Shipwreck Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

So sorry that we missed you on Monday. Our winter opening times are Tuesday to Saturday 11am to 4pm, last admission 3pm. 2019 season starts March 1st, 7 days a week 10am to 5pm. Hope to see you back soon.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We called in on a whim after other plans fell through however it was a surprisingly interesting little museum. As a diver myself I don't necessarily agree with things being taken from shipwrecks but if they have been then it's far better that they are...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank gillipies87
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This exhibition gives a wonderful insight into the history of the small, quaint, historic and picturesque harbour of Charlestown in Cornwall. It also gives a fascinating insight into the historic wrecks around our coasts. It features many of the most famous ones and displays are...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Originally a tiny fishing hamlet, the picturesque harbour of Charlestown near St Austell was developed from 1791 by Charles Rashleigh hence its name) with an expanded harbour for the transportation of copper. As the copper industry declined, the harbour moved to the transportation of china...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Ian C
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

loved visiting the shipwreck centre, lots of interesting info and items (unfortunately a lot of titanic items were replicas), lots of nice gifts in the shop, we also paid extra and went on the boat the harbour to look around. nice village and beach

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank jcwood86
Reviewed 7 November 2018 via mobile

Take a few hours to fully explore this fabulous collection of shipwreck memorabilia. Worth every penny.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Silverwraith
Reviewed 7 November 2018

Lovely quaint harbour and heritage centre like going back in time,the setting for the filming of poldark

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank carole j
Reviewed 31 October 2018

There are some really interesting objects that have been brought up from the sea bed. Some of the displays are looking a little tired but overall a good hour or so can be spent here.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Gary L
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angela s
16 May 2018|
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Response from kath272 | Reviewed this property |
Well you could spend several hours depending on whether you eat here and how long you like to be in a museum, taking photos, enjoying the sea view.
Vanessa S
8 February 2018|
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Response from Chriscris | Reviewed this property |
No car park but reasonable priced car park across from museum. May be free parking for disabled but not sure. Museum itself fine for wheelchair but seem to recall steps to café. Forgotten price but not expensive.
Mark W
9 October 2017|
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Response from Biraaz | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is. Not outside though obviously