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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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Sadly not suitable for wheelchairs, unless you have someone built like a carthorse who can push you. Nice little museum though, not too expensive to go in, an dnot too much to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
BonniedaWestie
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St Austell, United Kingdom
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St Austell, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Sadly not suitable for wheelchairs, unless you have someone built like a carthorse who can push you. Nice little museum though, not too expensive to go in, an dnot too much to see but interesting nonetheless.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A really interesting place full of history. My trip was personal due to information on my great-grandfather being held on display in the museum some of which I had never even see before! The surrounding area is also great to explore.

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Combe Martin, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Was looking forward to looking around here, but seems it shuts down for the winter. :-( Check ahead before visiting. Charlestown itself was a lovely little coastal village to visit, so all was not lost.

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West Malling, United Kingdom
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67 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great attraction especially if you are looking for value for money and its also ideal if the weather is not too good. A wonderful display of artefacts of days gone by of the china clay industry and local charlestown history along with a bit of maritime history. Afterwards you can have a walk round the harbour which... More 

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

Probably the best themed museum I have seen for a long time. It took me over two hours to see it all. Very well laid out with excellent interpretation panels.

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Somerset
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

The centre is good fun for all ages. The trip around the tall ships is essential and really interesting. Then have a wander around Charlestown harbour, it's a beautiful area.

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Thank AllensfanSomerset
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015 via mobile

came her when our children younger so now on our own in fifty still as good as it was lovely museum worth price nice day out took pack lunch spent few hrs there worth a visit.

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

It was cold wet and miserable when we visited Charlestown, although it was clear that on a good day this would be a lovely seaside harbour village. We took shelter in the museum and spent a couple of very interesting hours in the warren of rooms and tunnels which had once been part of the china clay harbour export business.... More 

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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

Make your way through the rest of the site which is full of tacky craft shops and food outlets and get to museum. Lovely staff and a really interesting collection. Well worth a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

It's very quirky - bit dated for example - but overall good. Kids go free, and get a little prize for answering doing a quiz, so the little ones have an incentive to wander around. The toy motor boats games was fun too!

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