Charlestown Shipwreck & Heritage Centre

Charlestown shipwreck and heritage centre, Lovedays, Cornwall
Charlestown, Shipwreck and Heritage, Lovedays, Cornwall
Quay Road
St Austell
PL25 3NJ
Come on... Dive In!!

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

Other exhibitions tell the story of village life in Charlestown, a place that grew as more and more ships used the harbour. Local businesses began to flourish and the population grew, bringing the need for more cottages, a hotel, inn, chapel and eventually a church. Although many of the original industries are now non-existent in the area, Charlestown still remains a working port and has found itself a place not only on the tourist map, but also as a film set.

The charm and appeal of the village and it's grade two listed harbour still attract thousands of people every year to visit this historical part of Cornwall. So if you are planning a visit, make sure you also take time to look around the museum and try out our restaurant, Lovedays.

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