Charlestown Harbour

Charlestown Harbour: Hours, Address, Charlestown Harbour Reviews: 4.5/5

Charlestown Harbour
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
Charlestown Harbour is set on the rugged, stunning, South Cornish Coastline. Charlestown is the last open 18th Century 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
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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mumsview
Wales58 contributions
Worth a visit
Oct. 2021
Lovely small beach, please be aware of the tide times. Really interesting harbour, lots of places to eat. Great day out
Written 25 October 2021
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John W
1 contribution
Warning about Car Parks
Oct. 2021
Harbour and restaurants are wonderful.
Just make sure you read every sign in the car parks. Visited on a Friday evening for dinner, parked in the car park, in a disabled parking spot and with a Cornwall Rover ticket.
This morning got a £60 parking ticket - rather puts a damper when the money grabbers spoil things.
Written 23 October 2021
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We are so pleased you enjoyed the Harbour and restaurants. Unfortunately, Charlestown Harbour does not own any of the car parks in Charlestown, so are unable to assist with parking fees/tickets.
Written 25 October 2021
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ShRuggy2
Truro, UK33 contributions
Beautiful place to visit and enjoy great food.
Oct. 2021 • Family
Lovely place to visit and eat at Harbour Q right on the harbour. Amazing portions for a healthy appetite. The weather was clear but cold, this didn't stop us from sitting out and enjoying the view and the great food. Service was cheerful and friendly.
Written 21 October 2021
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debcox
Oxford892 contributions
Fascinating.
Sep. 2021 • Couples
I use to visit frequently 35 years ago and I have to say I think the place looks good. I hope there will be no more pop up style foodie places but what’s there has lifted the place along with the museum easy parking etc. worth a visit.
Written 14 October 2021
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Steve_of_N21
London, UK1,766 contributions
Picturesque small harbour but draws the crowds due to its Poldark connection.
Sep. 2021 • Couples
Yes the car park is expensive and it will even cost you 20p to use the public conveniences. Welcome to Cornwall as that is no different to the other coastal attractions in this part of the world.
I can see why some dislike the commercialisation of this small fishing harbour, especially those visitors preferring to see it as if it was still the 18th Century. But I didn’t have a problem with all the food and drink concessions around the lower inner harbour, especially this year when it’s important that the locals make money post pandemic, and it’s clearly becoming a bit of a foody location with its two modern pubs and various modern restaurants that now adorn the road down to the quay.
It won’t take long to walk around Charleston itself but then there are nice and fairly easy coastal walks from Charleston to Porthpean in one direction or Carlyon bay and beyond in the other.
We got here early , did the walk to Carlyon Bay and returned for a late sandwich lunch, and for this I can thoroughly recommend The Galley. I preferred to spend my 20p towards a pint and in that respect I preferred the Rashleigh Arms with its fine outside space hidden away from the tourist hoards (unlike the Pier House Hotel), and we returned here for an evening meal in the restaurant section. Then hopefully you will also have a clear night for a walk around the harbour in the dark.
Written 12 October 2021
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DendyWeez
Stourport on Severn, UK29 contributions
Beautiful place
Oct. 2021
Always something happening here. We watched a Rosamunde Pilcher drama being filmed and a repair by a diver to the harbour lock gates.
Written 10 October 2021
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Amberley3737
Somerset, UK7 contributions
Tacky
Aug. 2021
What has become of this lovely harbour? I thought it was a World Heritage site - is it still? I cant believe how quickly this Harbour has been turned into some sort of Poldark theme park and an outside food hall. Tacky fake cannons, porta cabin food vendors that look like they have come from the motorway and rows of umbrellas that would be more in keeping with Benidorm. We stayed in lovely accommodation which we will review separately but we spent most days travelling further afield as Charlestown seemed rammed with people just looking for beer and BBQ!
Written 5 October 2021
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We are sorry that you did not enjoy your visit to Charlestown Harbour, which is indeed a UNESCO World Heritage site. We are not sure what you mean about a Poldark theme park, as there is very little reference to Poldark. The cannon, traditional cask barrels and so forth have been in place for many, many years, and most visitors enjoy seeing them in situ. There are no portacabins in the harbour, but there are pop-up food and drink offerings in the inner harbour, allowing visitors to enjoy a meal with harbour views. The pop-ups are individually designed to remain in-keeping with the heritage of the harbour, with the use of material such as wood and traditional sail cloth, but we sorry that these were not to your taste. Pop ups on the harbour allow an income to be generated, all of which does directly to the maintenance of our Grade II site, and they are only seasonal. We find that most people enjoy being able to access the inner harbour free of charge and enjoy the high quality food and drink offering. Perhaps you might enjoy the harbour more if you come in the winter when the pop-ups are not there and the inner harbour is closed.
Written 6 October 2021
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moon_0wl
Sheffield, UK571 contributions
Not what we ecpected
Sep. 2021 • Couples
We went on a September day. Carpark can pay with card or cash. But the place was a mixture of real ships ..and fake cannons...and a great coastline.
A setting for Poldark was the main attraction for some ..I guessed.
Written 30 September 2021
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Alan O
St Austell, UK33 contributions
Good place to visit eat, drink & watch people
Sep. 2021
I think the heading sums it up, I love it in the summer when the kids all jetty jump into the see, they live it.
Written 27 September 2021
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Gaynor S
Solihull, UK468 contributions
Very small, but pretty.
Sep. 2021
I had expected something much larger, but never the less, it was very pretty, but a shame a restaurant blocks off part of the walk around the harbour.
There are lots of very nice restaurants overlooking the harbour, for a drink, snack, or substantial meal.
Written 24 September 2021
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