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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
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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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Small but informative

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.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
James W
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Hampshire, United Kingdom
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Hampshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

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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.

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Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 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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Paignton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

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 9 November 2016

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 9 November 2016

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 1 November 2016 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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