Charlestown Shipwreck & Heritage Centre

Charlestown Shipwreck & Heritage Centre

The Shipwreck and historical artefacts on display in the centre are the largest private collection of this type on public display in Europe. Brought together over the last 45 to 50 years, it forms the basis of one of the most unusual and interesting collections open to the public.

There are countless items from a bygone age as well as artefacts from over 150 shipwrecks. The many and varied exhibitions reflect village life in Charlestown, it’s history, shipwrecks and the once thriving China Clay industry.

The exhibition shows a tremendous range of maritime history dating back to 1715 and one of the largest underwater diving equipment collections in the country, including various suits used for treasure seeking and naval purposes.

Walk through the old china clay tunnel of this historic building, into the audiovisual theatre where the story of Charlestown is told. Out through Charlestown Road, depicted with life-size tableaux. Learn about diving, rescues and shipwrecks in this major display of maritime history, the largest shipwreck artefact collection in the British Isles. From delicate Nan King porcelain to full size cannon. The story of the lifeboat exhibition, the story of Charlestown and mysteries of the deep.


The Shipwreck and Heritage Centre

Quay Road


St. Austell


PL25 3NX

Tel: 01726 69897