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Charlestown Shipwreck Centre

Open Now: 11:00 - 15:00
Open today: 11:00 - 15:00
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Interesting place

An amazing array of Ship wreck and sea faring information , a fascinating look at the past and the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Martin Mckenzie S
Fascinating Visit

Although the premises are not large, the contents are fascinating. There are displayed objects... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Julie A
Winchester, United Kingdom
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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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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 interesting place all ages interesting visit car park little gem
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Reviewed 1 week ago

An amazing array of Ship wreck and sea faring information , a fascinating look at the past and the way our mariners lived and the conditions they worked in .. With stories of survival and courage . A cafe on site with good food .

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Martin Mckenzie S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

No where on the literature I was given at our hotel does it say that the centre is closed on Mondays. This should be rectified asap. We were so looking forward to spending an hour browsing before having lunch but instead came away sadly

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although the premises are not large, the contents are fascinating. There are displayed objects rescued from a huge variety of shipwrecks, and detailed stories told about many of the ships that were lost at sea.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Julie A
Reviewed 11 December 2018

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 3 December 2018 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 2 December 2018 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
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KevinD4977, Manager at Charlestown Shipwreck Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 December 2018

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 29 November 2018 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 16 November 2018 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
1  Thank Akumuk
Reviewed 14 November 2018 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 9 November 2018

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
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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
7 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