Charlestown Harbour, Cornwall

About Charlestown Harbour, Cornwall

Charlestown Harbour, Cornwall

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Charlestown (Cornish: Porth Meur, meaning great cove) is a village and port on the south coast of Cornwall, England, United Kingdom, and in the civil parish of St Austell Bay. It is situated approximately 2 miles (3 km) south east of St Austell town centre. The port at Charlestown developed in the late-18th century from the fishing village of West Polmear. Whereas other areas of St Austell have seen much development during the 20th century, Charlestown has remained relatively unchanged.


Overview of Charlestown Harbour

As you traverse the city of Cornwall, you'll stumble upon Charlestown Harbour. Although listed here, Charlestown Harbour is not one of the most visited sightseeing places in Cornwall.

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  • You can see why Poldark and Taboo were filmed here. Charlestown has a certain romance to it which attracts tourists in their thousands. The harbour is easily accessible and not far from the main car park. Park up before late morning otherwise it ends up full quickly in peak season. The harbour is surrounded on one side with some lovely eateries and opposite is the shipwreck centre which is worth the admission to spend a few hours with the kids. Cross over to the other side of the harbour and you will find a nice small stretch of pebbled coastline to walk on.

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  • Lovely Cornish harbour often with tall ships at anchor. A few public houses dotted around and some nice shops with different products to take your fancy.

  • Nice old harbour with some beautiful views across the bay. Several good restaurants and cafes. The pier house hotel serves great food and is right next to the harbour. You can take a scenic walk from here along the coast path to Carlyon bay.

  • Did not go on ships as closed due to storm but some lovely old ships used in films and tv series. Nice harbour to walk round too. Would be interesting to see lock in operation.

  • A Beautiful little village. Even though I live fairly local, it has been over fifteen years since my last visit to Charlestown. On this occasion I was visiting Cornish Market World and decided to take a detour. There isn't a lot here but enough to peek your interest. Known for the TVs series Poldark amongst many others filmed at this location, it also has the local museum. So if your in the area, perhaps visiting the Eden Project or here in the area on holiday. Take a time out and visit Charlestown. And have cream tea and a sit on the harbour wall.

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