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Charlestown Shipwreck & Heritage Centre

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Address: Quay Road, St Austell PL25 3NJ, England
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+44 1726 69897

Located in an historic china clay building, this centre contains artifacts...

Located in an historic china clay building, this centre contains artifacts from more than 150 local shipwrecks.

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Amazing but little expensive

The village is beautiful and the heritage centre is great, especially the lifeboat but think the price may drive some away.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Peter W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The village is beautiful and the heritage centre is great, especially the lifeboat but think the price may drive some away.

2 Thank Peter W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We really enjoyed our visit here. Very interesting & educational. Lovely food in the Inn and a great day out.

2 Thank Don M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

I've spent a lot of time in Cornwall having family dotted all over, I've pretty much travelled the length-and-breadth of the county, been to all your major tourist attractions, and some minor ones too, and I can solemnly say with hand-on-heart, this is one of the best days out you can have in Cornwall. For starters Charlestown is absolutely beautiful,... More 

2 Thank Theo P
Redditch, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

Quaint little museum packed with loads of bits and bobs, all shipwreck-related! Fab place to learn about Charlestown's history. Well worth a visit!

2 Thank sardine2005
Hampshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

There is a lot to see here, the place is a little dated but packed with stuff to see and read about. It is really interesting to look at the history of the harbour it's self.

2 Thank James W
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

Terrible to say we weren't expecting much, but we were pleasantly surprised. The very start of the visit takes you through the history of the harbour, which was fascinating, then there are absolutely loads to see in the rest of the museum. It gets very busy in there though so time your visit well, lunchtime worked well for us.

4 Thank Marie R
Sandy, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

Charlestown is a lovely little Cornish harbour and the museum is quite small. There are plenty of exhibits to keep you occupied and it gives you a good insight into what it was like to live in Charlestown in years gone by, so if you are interested in maritime history you will appreciate this. We saw some fascinating displays of... More 

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St Albans, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

Not only about wrecks, you also get an insight into the history of the local china clay industry. Not the worlds largest museum but plenty to look at that you probably won't see elsewhere. Must visit.

2 Thank Paul S
Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

We visited when staying in nearby Looe. Charlestown is a totally charming place full of shipwreck heritage and this museum really does it justice. The museum itself is stuffed full of artifacts and pictures and has wonderful displays depicting the bravery of the lifeboat crews through the ages, there is also much inforamtion about the workings of the harbour in... More 

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

More to see here than I expected. Very interesting museum and lovely harbour area. Spent a good couple of hours here and would recommend the trip.

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