The Georgian, grade II listed harbour has World Heritage status, created by Sir Charles Rashleigh to transport china clay to the Potteries and beyond. It is beautifully preserved and frequently home to an exquisite collection of Tall Ships, featured in numerous filming projects both here and on location worldwide. With any luck they'll be here during your Charlestown cottage holiday and you may get the chance to go onboard or even see one of them set sail from the harbour.
Unravel Charlestown's maritime history at the Shipwreck & Heritage Centre, showcasing all kinds of artefacts including Titanic and Royal Yacht Britannia displays and Nelson memorabilia.
Charlestown has a large, pebbly harbour beach ideal for rock pooling and also a children's playground. For golden sands and water sports, take the short cliff-top walk along the coastal path to Porthpean Beach - extremely popular with families.
Attractions close to your Charlestown cottage
Explore the Eden Project's tropical biomes nestling in a huge crater just a short drive away. Or the Lost Gardens of Heligan with stunning views over Mevagissey Bay. For amazing walking, cycling and riding, follow the China Clay Trails at nearby St. Austell, a series of specially designed, traffic-free routes through splendid countryside.
Complete your day relaxing in a quayside watering hole. Then retire to your cosy Charlestown cottage to plan another day's adventure.