Our review of Charlestown Harbour and Shipwreck Museum in Charlestown near St Austell Cornwall is synonymous with many things: pasties, ice-cream, surfing, and also smuggling and piracy! Cornwall’s history is full of tales of the exploits of famous pirates from the area including Sir Francis Drake, Sir Walter Raleigh and Edward Teach more commonly known as Blackbeard. Back in the 1700s, the South East’s jagged and virtually uninhabited coastline provided ample locations for ships and boats to hide. The many coves and inlets also gave cover for the smuggling of stole goods from sea to land. However, it was perilous and the wild weather and rocky coastline has claimed the lives of many men and ships. It’s believed that there are over 3000 shipwrecks along the Cornish Coast and Charlestown Harbour and Shipwreck Museum pays homage to some of the most famous ones. Home to Europe’s largest private collection of shipwreck treasures, Charlestown Harbour and Shipwreck Museum gives you a great insight into life in the area hundreds of years ago. We were invited to spend the afternoon looking around and here’s what we thought.  There are two parts to the attraction: the harbour and the museum. You can pay […]

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