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Charlestown Shipwreck & Heritage Centre, St Austell

Categories: History Museums, Museums
Inspirock Rating:
4.2/5 based on 900+ reviews on the web
Filled to the gills with information, Charlestown Shipwreck & Heritage Centre dives into the maritime history of the British Isles. The museum features the artifacts of over 150 shipwrecks dating from 1715, a large collection of underwater diving equipment, and a small mining display. The displays are interactive and kid-friendly. The theater shows a movie about Charleston harbor and its once thriving clay industry. If you’re hungry, stop on the top floor for a typically British afternoon tea. The museum parking is an affordable and convenient place to leave your car while you visit the rest of the city. Plan your visit to Charlestown Shipwreck & Heritage Centre and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our St Austell family vacation planner.
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  • You need a couple of hours to really get the most out of this museum, full of lots of history of the area & well worth a visit. 
  • Came across it by chance when visiting Charlestown because of the Poldark connection. Very good value and the numerous exhibits were interesting and informative. Covers wrecks right up to the modern d...  read more »
  • It was good value for money. A very enjoyable and informative experience. The exhibits were presented clearly and gave interesting information. Would recommend it to anyone going to Charlestown 
  • So much bigger and better than you expect it to be. A bargain at the entry price too. Fantastic.
  • Extended since my last visit. Not only shipwreck displays, but big China Clay display and history of Chareltown. Well recommended, and it's bigger than you might think. Needs at least an hour.
  • I felt this place undersold itself. From the outside, the anamatronics looks cheap. However there is very little of it inside. There is a vast number of exhibits on display inside, and they are all interesting. As to be expected, lots of shipwreck finds, and the like. A few hours worth to look around for the casual visitor, much more for an enthusiast. The diner upstairs was served reasonable quality food and large portions for a large price. Overall a worthy visit.
  • great visit lots of information and stuff to do. really enjoyed it.
  • More interesting than the advertising bumf led me to believe. Spent much longer here than I thought we would
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