Charlestown - FURTHER INFORMATION
Charlestown - Charlestown visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Charlestown' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Cornwall.
Charlestown is a fishing town near to St Austell in the borough of Restormel in southern Cornwall. It is known as Porthmeur in Cornish. A popular tourist destination today in the summer, Charlestown grew out of the small fishing village called West Polmear at a time when fishing vessels landed directly on the beach prior to the construction of Charlestown Harbour.
The Georgian harbour dates from 1799, and included locks to keep the inner docks flooded during low tide. One of the designers of the harbour was Charles Rashleigh, after whom the town is named, and the advent of the harbour greatly aided the export of copper and clay from the surrounding mines and quarries.
Today, Charlestown is famous for the small fleet of Tall Ships, including the Kaskelot which are managed and sailed by Square Sail.
Charlestown- Tourist AttractionsThe following tourist attractions are found in and around Charlestown:
Road: Charlestown is a short distance west of St Austell, on the A391 and A390 roads. Charlestown Harbour is accessible via Charlestown Road off the A390.
Train: St Austell Rail Station.