Known for its appearance in the BBC One Poldark film, Charlestown Harbour is the last open 18th Century Georgian harbour in the UK and is proud to be a UNESCO world heritage site. Untouched by time, visitors can stroll past the classic tall ships, bathe on the beach below and visit the Shipwreck and Heritage Centre to learn of the villages history.
The beach is sandy with pebbles, with a collection of small caves waiting to be explored. Step onto the South West Coast Path and you’ll soon find yourself on neighbouring beaches including Carlyon Bay, Pentewen and Porthbeach beach.
Explore the South West Coast path
Charlestown has a wonderful collection of places to eat and drink, our favourite being The Longstore which serves up ridiculously good seafood and steaks, delicious cocktails and even has its own wine store and bar below it. Other fantastic places to eat and drink are The Boathouse, Wreckers and The Pier House Restaurant.
There is an all year round dog ban in place on Charlestown beach. However there are plenty of walks nearby via the South West Coast Path and all year round dog friendly beaches at Vault Beach, Porthluney Beach and Hemmick Beach. Nearby restaurants and attractions are often dog-friendly.
There is a gently slope down to the beach on the southern side of the harbour, with a level car park near the harbour. The toilets are also situated here.