Charlestown, Cornwall

tall ship in charlestown harbour in cornwall

Charlestown, St Austell, Cornwall, England

Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog. Todays post is all about the port of Charlestown located near St Austell in Cornwall.

Where have you seen Charlestown?

You may recognise Charlestown as it has been used as the set for many film and TV programmes. Some of which include: Doctor Who, Poldark, Hornblower, Mansfield Park and Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.

History of Charlestown

Before the port hit the big screens it was originally used to import copper and export coal, later being used for China clay. Charles Rashleigh constructed the Georgian port between 1791 and 1801 and to this day it is still in pristine condition.

Car parking

When entering the town you can either park for free on the side of the road and take a short walk down to the sea. 

Alternatively there is a car park right at the bottom of the road near the harbour itself. This option would be much better for the elderly or less abled. 

boat and buoy at charlestown in cornwall
life ring at charlestown in cornwall


When you visit the port you will most probably find it harbouring at least one square rigged ship. These ships are magnificent and definitely transport you back in time. If you are lucky you may find a few people working on and restoring these ships.

The town has many lovely little shops, cafes and restaurants and also many events including Charlestown regatta weekIt also has to offer pebbled beaches either side of its harbour walls and lovely coastal walks.


If you enjoyed this blog post on Charlestown then why don’t you check out Heligan Gardens which is about a 10 minute drive away. Other Cornish towns you may also like to visit while in Cornwall include: St Mawes, Charlestown, Polperro, St Ives, Padstow, Looe and Polruan and Fowey.

Lots of love, Melissa x

waves breaking on rocks at charlestown in cornwall
people on harbour at charlestown in cornwall

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