Truro's new visitor attraction

At ShelterBox we do things differently. We were born different. We started life as a small organisation in rugged West Cornwall in the UK and have grown to make a big impact across the world.

ShelterBox disaster relief visitor centre shows how a Cornish based charity is having a global impact.
Discover our work across the globe to provide aid to survivors of natural disasters.

Discover our story at the ShelterBox Disaster Relief Visitor Centre – a ground breaking new visitor attraction in the heart of Truro.

  • Pack a ShelterBox – see if you can fit everything a family would need to start rebuilding their lives into our famous green ShelterBoxes.
  • Could you make the decision to deploy to a disaster zone?
  • Step inside tents and shelters to hear inspiring stories of how ShelterBox helps survivors of worldwide conflict and natural disasters.
  • Find out how we get aid to the people that need it the most, using some surprising modes of transport.
  • Hear the stories of survivors of disasters who have rebuilt their lives thanks to your support
From 26 May you can experience a virtual reality disaster scenario and challenge yourself to pack an emergency survival box.

A family day out

Families are at the heart of what we do at ShelterBox. The visitor centre has activities that your family can try and is the perfect solution to a rainy Cornish day.

We provide aid with families in mind, including family-sized tents designed to withstand the elements and school boxes so children can continue to learn even in a disaster or conflict zone.

Admission is free

You visit is free but please remember that every donation helps us fund vital disaster relief all over the world. Your support will make a difference to someone, giving them the shelter they need to start rebuilding their lives. Ask us about regular giving or make a donation to show your support for ShelterBox.

Find out more about ShelterBox aid and latest deployments


What’s on at ShelterBox in 2018

We’ve got a great programme of events taking place throughout the year.

Don’t miss the Virtual Reality Disaster Challenge in May half term (26 May to 2 June). Find out more.

Hope and Strength – 10 September to 24 November

Four leading photographers Olly Burn, Tom Stoddart, Veronique de Viguerie and Dougie Wallace have helped us to pay tribute to the incredible hope and strength of the people we meet. Visit the Hope & Strength webpage to find out more about this amazing exhibition which will be displayed in the visitor centre this autumn.

We constantly monitor weather patterns around the world so we can get aid to disaster zones within 48 hours.
Find out how we monitor the situation worldwide so we can get aid to disaster zones within 48 hours.

Opening Times

Monday 10:00 – 16:00
Tuesday 10:00 – 16:00
Weds 10:00 – 16:00
Thursday 10:00 – 16:00
Friday 10:00 – 16:00
Saturday 10:00 – 16:00
Sunday Closed

Call +44 (0)1872 302600 for more information. Group bookings welcome.


Our Sponsors

The Aid Zone has been kindly sponsored by Alpinter

Our sponsors

Alpinter provide ShelterBox with a vast variety of items, from  family tents, blankets, kitchen sets to tarpaulins for Shelterkits.

ShelterBox mission is to be able to assist the families hit by disasters as fast and efficiently as possible, with the best possible aid. This is how we can help.”