Charlestown, a picturesque village and tiny port in Cornwall, is the ideal place for a beautiful self-catering coastal holiday in the South West. Several restaurants, a gift shop and heritage centre means there’s plenty to see and do in the village. Within easy reach, lie St Austell, the amazing Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan. All are must-see attractions for visitors to this pretty part of East Cornwall. The cycling and walking trails in and around the village offer plenty of interesting ways to get around the extensive Cornish coastal landscape. Charlestown’s harbour is a magnificent sight, and is a popular filming destination for many big budget films due to the surrounding houses remaining unchanged since the Georgian Times.
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Charlestown is home to a delightful harbour and was a popular fishing area in Cornwall. It is still used today by several local fishermen. The harbour is privately owned and there are often one or two tall ships in the harbour that frequently offer tours in the summer months. The expansive and varied landscape in East Cornwall is ideal for walkers and cyclists. The clay trails are a network of scenic routes that cover the St Austell area while giving you an insight into Cornwall’s china clay mining trade, which has shaped the area since the industrial revolution.
Charlestown is home to the popular Charlestown Shipwreck and Heritage Centre, which contains impressive historical artefacts from over 150 shipwrecks and is currently the largest private collection of this type in Europe. The Bosun's Charlestown Restaurant sits above the Shipwreck Centre, and serves delicious meals throughout the year. The Rashleigh Arms is located at the heart of Charlestown and also offers a Moorish menu of food and drink, with their wide choice of Cornish ales proving irresistible after a busy day exploring the Cornish coast.
Just outside of Charlestown in the surrounding Cornish landscape are several other great attractions that are a must-visit while enjoying your coastal holiday. The Eden Project, the world’s biggest conservatory created from soaring domes, is home to an incredible number of plants due to their tropical and Mediterranean climates. The Eden Project often has other events going on such as musical performances by popular artists, and art exhibitions that run at various points throughout the year.
The closest town to Charlestown is St Austell, which is the perfect place for some retail therapy or to simply enjoy the great food that Cornwall has to offer in its shops and cafes.