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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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Great Museum.

What a lot was on display at this museum. It was packed with lots of interesting displays with plenty of information about them. All sorts of ages would find this enjoyable. Very... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Coventry, United Kingdom
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

What a lot was on display at this museum. It was packed with lots of interesting displays with plenty of information about them. All sorts of ages would find this enjoyable. Very reasonably priced as well. Well worth a visit.

Thank poppy463
Manchester, United Kingdom
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101 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Wow what a great little museum, I say little as it appears to be but it is crammed with interesting artifacts. There were people of all ages and certainly something for everyone. We took our son who is only 10 months old but will defitnetly be returning when he is older and he can appreciate it. I took the pram... More 

Thank 3Bodsters
Chester, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Parking difficult but quality and extent of displays is mind boggling with explanations about shipwrecks and other marine tragedies is extensive.

Thank Allan F
Herne Bay, United Kingdom
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113 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Interesting history and a wealth of stuff to see.Quite good for kids and adults alike& it's indoors! An obvious labour of love for some

Thank angela s
Coventry, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This was a 'what on earth can we do on a wet day' visit but it turned out to be amazing ... I honestly thought it would be a shed in a back garden and that the visit would be all of ten minutes ... well how wrong can you be ..... this visit was fascinating, captivating and totally engaging... More 

Thank David W
Truro, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Visited here with my elderly parents, one of whom has mobility issues and they loved it! The history in the village that comes together in the centre is overwhelming! They is so much to see, read, experience. It's not a huge place but it took us several hours to get around seeing the exhibits and reading the stories that linked... More 

Thank Dawn G
United Kingdom
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59 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Really good value for money Plenty to do see and learn in a spectacular historic harbour setting.The museum has a vast collection of artifacts from real shipwrecks and also has a section about the history of diving which is very informative. One morning is not enough to take it all in.

Thank pierater
Chichester West Sussex Uk
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56 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We've been to Charlestown so many times before but this was the first time we decided to visit the museum there. We re glad we did ! The place is educational and informative. It certainly gave more insight into the China clay industry of which Cornwall is so famous, indeed, of which Charlestown is so famous for. The exhibits are... More 

Thank Jeanwats0n
Sutton, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

A compact museum highlighting the history of shipwrecks and smuggling. Nice range of exhibits and enough to keep you interested including a good film at the end.

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18 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are interested in the sea, shipwrecks etc then this a good place to go. I think children may also enjoy it. We found it interesting enough, there is plenty to see and lots of information.

1 Thank Geoff G

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