Start your search here

Charlestown Shipwreck Centre


Visit the largest private collection of Shipwreck artefacts in Europe; with items from over 150 shipwrecks, an Audio Visual Theatre and even a lifeboat to board, there is plenty to see and do.

TEL:01726 69897
Quay Road,Charlestown, St. Austell, Cornwall PL25 3NJ

OPENING TIMES

10am-5pm Last Admissions

The Charlestown Shipwreck and Heritage Centre, located in one of the old China Clay buildings, has a wonderful array of historical artefacts on display. It is the largest private collection of this type on public display in Europe. Established over the last 45 to 50 years, it is one of the most unusual and interesting collections open to the public. Not only are there items from the past, but artefacts from over 150 shipwrecks.

There is a full scale ‘tableaux’ in the Heritage section, showing a cooper, blacksmith and others at work. In the Audio Visual Theatre you can see the drama unfold, from the optimism of the 1791 blueprint, through a century of growth, to recession and decline at its end. The Shipwreck section describes over 250,000 shipwrecks around Britain’s coast, with stories of courage, bravery, cowardice and greed. There are wonderful exhibits including photographs, salvaged cargo, a 400-year old cannon and priceless porcelain.

In the outside exhibits you can see the RNBL Amelia, last stationed at Scarborough. It is possible to board the Lifeboat and look into the Engine Room. There is also a German armoured dress diving suit, used in the 1920-1930’s, in the search for the sunken submarine HMS.M-1 lost with all its crew in 1925.

From £529 - £1519/week

Westaway Cottage
Sleeps up to 6

Charlestown, St Austell

Stroll down to the harbour.

Beach within walking distanceShops within walking distancePub within walking distanceDog FriendlyWiFiOpen fire / woodburnerParking availableCot availableHighchair availableGardenGolf Course nearbyDiscount for a coupleFriday change over
More info

From £339 - £879/week

Tregolfva
Sleeps up to 4

St Austell

Stunning views and golf on your doorstep!

Sea viewsBeach within walking distancePub within walking distanceDog FriendlyWiFiParking availableCot availableHighchair availableGardenGolf Course nearbySaturday change over
More info

From £299 - £669/week

Bay View
Sleeps up to 4

St Austell

Budget property with views of St Austell Bay!

Sea viewsShops within walking distancePub within walking distanceDog FriendlyParking availableGardenSaturday change over
More info

From £299 - £619/week

Gunnado
Sleeps up to 2

St Austell

Great spot for a couple!

Shops within walking distancePub within walking distanceDog FriendlyWiFiParking availableCot availableHighchair availableGardenFriday change over
More info

From £329 - £1139/week

Yet Gwynn
Sleeps up to 6

Polgooth near St Austell

Beautiful cottage close to Eden & Heligan

Shops within walking distancePub within walking distanceOpen fire / woodburnerParking availableCot availableHighchair availableDiscount for a coupleSaturday change over
More info

From £309 - £719/week

Hope Cottage
Sleeps up to 4

Fowey

Up to 30% off!!

Beach within walking distanceShops within walking distancePub within walking distanceWiFiParking availableCot availableHighchair availableDiscount for a coupleSaturday change over
More info
Top