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Charlestown Shipwreck & Heritage Centre

Quay Road, St Austell PL25 3NJ, England
01726 69897
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Ranked #4 of 15 attractions in St Austell
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums, Specialty Museums
Description: Located in an historic china clay building, this centre contains artifacts from more than 150 local shipwrecks.
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Bingley, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 NEW

This is a really lovely museum. It had artefacts and so much history stored in it. I didn't think that I would like it but I have to say, I was quite impressed.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 NEW

Well laid out with artefacts and treasures, telling the history of Charlestown and the working harbour, even allowing access to the tunnels which were actually used for shipping clay from the County. Fascinating journey through time with stories of shipwrecks, naval history and even some relics from the Titanic. There is even a large restaurant. I would certainly go back... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 NEW

We only had a short time to stay as we were on our way back home, wish we had much longer. Good displays on Ship Wrecks and Diving, and the history of Charlestown, and reasonably priced. Well worth a visit.

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18 reviews 18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

We're a bit optimistic but was surprised at the cost of entry Very reasonable with children Under 10 free, can be visited with mobility problems with care. There is a vast amount to to see With admission lasting the all day So you can return if it's a rainy day This attraction will not disappoint

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Dartmoor National Park, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

Located in a lovely little village minutes outside St Austell. The Centre is well stocked with exhibits and very informative about the area's history and ship wrecks in general. Particularly like the section dedicated to marine rescue! Reasonably priced (£5.95 per adult, then £1 discount with coupon, dogs on leads free). Definitely worth a visit, would go back for another... More

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Maldon, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

This place certainly has a huge collection of shipwreck items to see as well as a huge array of other interesting things linked to the Sea and Charlestown's history. Very good value day out. Take your time and really get into the stories behind some of the artefacts.

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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59 reviews 59 reviews
8 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

What a wealth of very interesting information. Lots of displays full of interesting items from all over Cornwall. Gives a real sense of the hard life faced by the workers in this very important small village delivering Cornish China Clay. Excellent value for money and children go free. Lovely little village despite the heavy down pours.

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Fawley, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Have to admit that this place was not my choice but I would have missed something extremely interesting had I not gone along. Have to admit I actually found it quite moving viewing the exhibits and reading facts and figures regarding the number of wrecks and tragedies going back to the 1500's. The history of the harbour was also interesting... More

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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

The Heritage centre is well worth a visit, a lot of history about the local area ,Its mining and Ships etc. ,Do try a meal at The Boson's Diner they do delicious meals , lots of choice from sandwiches to Sunday lunches reasonably priced

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Tamworth, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

the harbour is just another harbour, although it does have lock gates to allow ships to berth in an inner area without worry of tides. the shipwreck and heritage centre is worth a visit if you are in the area, with many artefacts from wrecks, a display featuring progression in diving equipment etc, and a titanic exhibit. there are a... More

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