Opening Times

Our current hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 11:00-4:00, with last admission entry by 3:00.

Please see website for further details.



Address : The Shipwreck and Heritage Centre , Quay Road, Charlestown, St. Austell, Cornwall, PL25 3NJ

Tel : 01726 69897

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About Charlestown Shipwreck Centre

Charlestown Shipwreck Centre

Located above the Historic Port of Charlestown, the Shipwreck Centre shows a unique insight into the history of Charlestown with an opportunity to venture through underground tunnels that were once used to load clay on to ships moored in the harbour. You will also be able to view the largest private collection of shipwreck artefacts in Europe with nearly 8,000 artefacts from over 150 shipwrecks. These rare artefacts bring stories of the sea to life with rich tales of triumph, treasure and tragedy alike.

There is a newly refurbished shop at the end of your visit offering a variety of nautical treasures, Poldark themed gifts, sea worthy books, authentic shipwreck coins and local Cornish souvenirs. We are also proud to offer an exclusive selection of fine wines, rum, cognac, teas and coffee that were delivered into Charlestown Harbour by the Grayhound, a three masted custom lugger that travels around Europe selling high quality food goods. 

Guided tours are available for organised parties booked in advance. 

Children under 5 are free when accompanied by a paying adult and can challenge themselves with the shipwreck photo trail.

The Shipwreck Centre is also proud to be dog friendly! Your four legged family members are most welcome provided they are on a lead.

Parking is available in the pay and display car park conveniently located just across the road from the Shipwreck Centre.




Offers & Prices

Adults : £7.00
Child (5-16yrs): £5.00
Children under 5 are free when accompanied by a full paying adult

For Group Bookings, please contact us for details.




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