A Wheel and Away

Charlestown Shipwreck and Heritage Centre

Charlestown, Cornwall, UK

The Shipwreck Museum is a family and disability friendly attraction which documents the histories of our seas and the ships that have sailed on them.  Visitors can view artefacts as varied as from Henry VIII’s Mary Rose to WWII ships and more besides.  There are over 8000 items on display in the largest private collection of shipwreck artefacts in Europe.

While not perhaps the first place that would spring to mind for a family day out, the museum offers an exciting insight into the adventures of seafarers, whether they be naval or otherwise.  The items on display tell stories of bravery, tragedy and triumph and is a unique, fascinating collection.

The setting is also particularly glorious – in the UNESCO port of Charlestown, after browsing the museum visitors can venture down to the the harbour, eat fish and chips on the sea wall or have look  some of the shops selling delicious local produce.  And not to forget, the port has also played host to many film sets, perhaps most noticeably and recently BBC1’s Poldark.

General accessibility information

Over 90% of the museum is accessible, as it is mostly on one level.   In fact the only part that isn’t is the tunnels underneath.  This is due to the steps and uneven terrain.

There is a wheelchair accessible toilet on the ground floor.

There is no parking on site, although the nearest parking is within 250m and does have three disabled bays.  Anyone with mobility issues is more than welcome to be dropped off outside where there is easy access to the museum.

There are two wheelchairs available for use which are on a first come, first served basis.

Assistance dogs are welcome.