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A picturesque harbour village steeped in maritime history

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Tall Ships at the harbour

This stunning village nestled on the captivating south cost of Cornwall offers an idyllic seaside retreat with perfect access to the region’s top attractions and heritage sites. The area is steeped in history placing you in a bygone era with fascinating examples of maritime activities and quaint ambience.

As you approach this enchanting village, you’ll discover immediately the charm of this historic harbour spot. The village was once buzzing with shipping activities and still today remains the central focus of this popular location. The village is home to the impressive Tall Ships that you may have spotted in several TV series and film productions including the popular show Poldark. Close by is another admired attraction in the village, The Charlestown Shipwreck and Heritage Centre. Here you can learn the interesting history of this renowned port and admire a wonderful display of artefacts from shipwrecks and maritime activities. It is a great place for children and adults alike with plenty of things to do including the I Spy Trail whilst you wander this impressive attraction.

Surrounding the pretty harbour, there is a fantastic selection of pubs, cafes and restaurants that offer a stunning view over the village. Tuck into a quick snack or a hearty meal with delicious home cooked and scrumptious local foods on offer in each dining spot. If your idea of holiday heaven is enjoying an ice cream on the beach, Charlestown provides a beautiful spot to soak up the Cornish coastline in all its glory. The small shingle beach gives you the opportunity to relax and watch the gentle waves tumbling onto the beach.

Charlestown beach

For visitors that love the great outdoors, Charlestown is perfectly located to give you easy access to the South West Coastal Path. This route offers the chance to explore the Polperro Heritage Coast and admire captivating views across stunning headlands and out to sea. If you wander South on the coastal path you’ll also discover a selection of beautiful towns and villages including the delightful location of Megavissey, another of Cornwall’s spectacular harbour spots.

Exploring further afield, Charlestown gives you easy access to a number of well-known attractions. Just a short drive away near St Austell takes you to The Eden Project famed for its biodomes and plants from across the globe. Another interesting attraction includes The Lost Gardens of Heligan, which were once a secret garden lost to nature yet it now offers a chance to discover an enchanting location with wonders such as the Jungle, Pleasure Grounds and the Victorian Productive Gardens.

“A harbour village surrounded by stunning landscapes and a fascinating heritage.”

The harbour village of Charlestown is the perfect base to discover Cornwall’s fantastic maritime heritage and explore the beautiful south coast. The village has a mix of pretty stone cottages and stylish apartments, many just a stone’s throw from the enchanting harbour and stunning beach. Whether you are looking to enjoy a family retreat or romantic getaway, this pretty village creates a charming holiday experience for all ages. Browse our collection of Charlestown cottages and start planning your south coast break.

While you’re there

Dine at Wreckers

Head to this local boathouse café and enjoy delicious seafood, grills and a Cornish cream tea overlooking the harbour.

The Charlestown Shipwreck and Heritage Centre

Learn the history of Charlestown’s impressive shipping heritage and discover tales of times gone by.

The Eden Project

Explore the beauty of flora and plantlife from across the world in the famous Eden Biodomes.

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