...in St Austell Bay. Charlestown is the last open 18thCentury Georgian harbour in the UK and is proud to be a UNESCO world heritage site. When you enter Charlestown Harbour you are transported back in time. The Harbour has a unique history and geography and remains a vibrant working port, with classic Tallships, beautiful beaches and great places to eat and drink whilst enjoying the breath-taking views.
A day out in Charlestown Harbour is both charming and varied. It has a rich and fascinating history that visitors can explore during a scenic tour of the inner harbour.
Visitors can a explore the unspoilt beautiful Grade II listed Georgian harbour, including a tour of Charlestown’s resident tall ship, the Kasjamoor. The Kajsamoor (pronounced Kyser-moor) is a two-masted, wooden trading ketch built in 1939 in Norway. Visitors to the harbour can step back to a bygone age of sail by exploring the deck and cargo hold of this stunning trading ship.
There is also theShipwreck & Heritage Centre, which houses the largest private collection of artefacts this type on public display in Europe. There are nearly 8,000 artefacts from over 150 shipwrecks. The exhibition is extremely varied and offers a fascinating insight into the whole story of shipwrecks.
Charlestown Harbour has two stunning beaches, looking out onto St Austell Bay, where visitors can enjoy the exquisite coastline.
Because Charlestown Harbour remains completely unspoilt, many film and television productions have been filmed in Charlestown. Most recently, the popular Poldark has been filmed in Charlestown. Other films and shows include: The Three Muskateers,Taboo, Alice in Wonderland, Dr Who and Saving Private Ryan.
Charlestown runs a varied event programme throughout the year. These include food and drink markets selling local produce, music events, seasonal celebrations and other exciting events. Our events are updated on our Facebook and Instagram pages.