Guide To Charlestown

Charlestown is a small harbour on the south coast of Cornwall, famous for being the home to traditional tall ships, and as a location for many period films and television series. Most recently it has been used as one of the main filming locations for the BBC television series Poldark.

The harbour itself is UNESCO World Heritage Site, the harbour and many of the local buildings are listed, so it really is like stepping back in time. There are two small beaches, lots of rock pools for the little ones, and the sea sparkles due to the mica dust in St Austell Bay, a throw back to the days when china clay was exported from the harbour.

If you spend a little time in Charlestown, exploring the little allyways and streets, you'll find there is more here than at first seen, from friendly bistros and restaurants, some of the best locally made ice cream, antiques, galleries, pubs, spas, and even a shipwreck museum. Here we have listed all that Charlestown has to offer. If we've missed anywhere please let us know and we'll be happy to add new attractions.

Eating Out In Charlestown

The Rashleigh Arms


Charlies Boathouse




Bosuns Diner


Shopping in Charlestown

Sail Loft Emporium Antiques


The Craft Kiln


Cscape Art & Photography


Charlestown Gallery


Attractions in and around Charlestown

Shipwreck & Heritage Centre


Charlestown Harbour


St. Pauls Church


Charlestown Rowing Club


Harbourside Inn & Pier House Hotel