Charlestown is a village and port on the south coast of Cornwall – it is approx. 2 miles from St Austell
Charlestown port was developed in the late 18 th century. It grew out of a small fishing village originally called West Polmear
The harbour and doc was built in 1791. The port was built to facilitate the transport of copper from nearby mines.
In 1994 the harbour was bought by Square Sail as a base for their sailing ships but was put up for sale again in 2012
Charlestown is a tourist destination and is a late Georgian working port. It was constructed between 1791 and 1801 by Charles Rasleigh
To this day the port remains unspoilt and is a popular location for Cornwall family holidays as well as film and TV location.
Charlestown shipwreck centre is located in one of the old china clay buildings
Charles town is now owned by Sir Tim Smit co-owner/ founder of the Eden Project.
30 -40 ships of Cornish china clay are still exported per year making it a working port.
Films and TV made in Charlestown
Alice in wonderland
The Eagle has landed
Charlestown is home to famous tall ships.