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.