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Attraction Currently Closed

Charlestown Shipwreck Centre

  • St Austell
  • Indoor
  • Ages 4+
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Attraction Currently Closed

As a result of the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak, Shipwreck Centre is currently closed to the public. We'll keep this updated with news of when it might be open again, but always recommend to check before you travel.

Don't worry - you can find lots more great days out in St Austell, or you can browse days out all over the UK here.

Attraction Information

Charlestown Shipwreck Centre, housed in old china clay loading premises on the waterfront, has an interesting collection of objects that have been rescued from shipwrecks, plus interesting information about the wrecks themselves, plenty of imagination fare without too much of the horror!

The collection contains artefacts from over 50 different shipwrecks, including the RMS Titanic, the SS Lusitania, and the HMS Mary Rose! In the West Country alone, there are over 3,000 wrecks around the Cornish Coast, and approximately 1,600 off Devon! Learn fascinating facts like this as visit the Audiovisual theatre to discover the full story of Charlestown harbour and the clay industry!

If you walk through a disused clay tunnel at the centre, you will find a viewing gallery that overlooks the harbour. There you will see an assortment of boats, including square riggers, which are resplendent when fully rigged! Other items to see outside include the RNLB Amelia, complete with all her equipment, plus a German armoured dress diving suit used in the 1920s and 30s to search for the sunken submarine HMS.M1, lost with all hands in 1925 off the Devon coast.

If you visit the website before you visit, there is a kids' corner page with a free “I Spy Trail” to print, plus some colouring sheets! Very helpful for keeping a smile on the smalls.

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Opening hours

1st March - 31st October

Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 18:00 Last admission 17:00

Please refer to website for Winter opening hours



General Admission
Adult :         £6.00
Kids (5-17): £3.00
Under 5's:    Free

Travel & Contact Information


Quay Road, Charlestown, St Austell, Cornwall, PL25 3NJ, England

Phone number

01726 69897



Click here to visit Charlestown Shipwreck Centre's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking nearby.

Yes, there are toilets and accessible toilets.

No, there are no baby changing facilities.

Charlestown Shipwreck Centre has not told us if you can bring a picnic.

Yes, there is an onsite restaurant.

Yes, Charlestown Shipwreck Centre is wheelchair friendly and has accessible toilets.

No, Charlestown Shipwreck Centre have stated they are not pushchair friendly.

Charlestown Shipwreck Centre has not told us if they are dog friendly.

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