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Charlestown (Charlestown Harbour)

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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 Attractions

The following tourist attractions are found in and around Charlestown:
  • Tall Ships - there is almost always a tall ship moored in the harbour, three managed by Square Sail are the Kaskelot, Earl of Pembroke and the Phoenix.
  • Charlestown Harbour - Georgian harbour built in the early 19th century with a strong sea wall and good views of the coastline.
  • Charlestown Shipwreck, Rescue and Heritage Centre - museum of the history and artefacts from over 50 shipwrecks off the Cornish coast.
  • Duporth Beach - Also known as Du Porth beach, a lovely cove and beach within walking distance to the west of Charlestown.
  • Carlyon Bay and Carlyon Beach - just west of Charlestown with a long, sandy beach backed by cliffs.
  • South West Coast Path - Charlestown is on the Southwest Coast Path with runs along the entire Cornish coastline.
  • Landrion Point - headland on the Southwest Coast Path just east of Charlestown with beautiful coastline views.
  • St Paul's Church - parish church built in 1851, but not completed until the addition of a fibreglass spire and ring of six bells in 1971.
  • Porthpean Golf Club - just south or Charlestown and west of the harbour.
  • Carlyon Bay Hotel Golf Course - golf course associated with the hotel, east of 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.

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