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Charlestown Shipwreck & Heritage Centre

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Address: Quay Road, St Austell PL25 3NJ, England
Phone Number: +44 1726 69897
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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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Worth a visit if you are in the St Austell area.

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Sandy, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago 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.

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Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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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Paignton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Charlestown is very picturesque and you can understand why it has been used so often as a film location. The museum is a bit tired but it is worth a visit. If you take the time you can absorb a lot of fascinating information about this area of coastline. Parking and restaurants nearby too!

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Tewkesbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You can spend hours and hours here seeing and reading about how Charlestown was formed. It has everything for everyone here.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a charming place Charlestown is. It has the right amount of places to eat and stay and things to do. Along with the bonus of two small pebble beaches to explore, although one of them has dangerous cliffs. The harbour has a marvellous tall ship to look at. We had a lovely day there.

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Ashford, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I remember coming here as a teen but didn't appreciate it back then. The museum is great you really could be there all day if you read everything. It's very informative with some great relics. There's a little sheet for kids to keep them interested too.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Very good museum - the mannequins are somewhat amateurish and do detract from the displays. However, there's plenty of other matter to interest anybody. There's a couple of videos worth watching. The number of wrecks around the country is absolutely horrifying - the loss of life involved is huge. The whole thing is well put together and holds the interest... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

The Charlestown Shipwreck Museum at first glance may seem a little tired and worn with some dated exhibits but it is actually fascinating. There are lots of genuinely interesting exhibits which are well laid out and presented. It does get a little cramped when busy but nevertheless I would recommend you visit if you are in the area. One particular... More 

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