A Car Free Day Out around St Austell TC09

Tallships in Charlestown Harbour, photo by Erna Steinmetz

Tallships in Charlestown Harbour, photo by Erna Steinmetz

Charlestown is a short distance from St Austell and can be reached by taking either Bus No.529 or 25B Visit for more details.

Charlestown was built as a harbour for the export of China Clay by Charles Rashleigh in the latter part of the 18th Century. As the harbour grew so did its population and to this day Charlestown still remains a working port. The old world charm of the village and its home to several tall ships attract thousands of people every year to visit.

Nowadays the port is often used for film productions as it makes a perfect setting for many period and costume dramas.

There is also a beach which is popular with locals and visitors alike. If you want lots of facilities nearby; toilets, pubs, restaurants and cafes, it makes an ideal choice.

The Shipwreck and Heritage Centre is a fascinating museum set in the heart of the village which provides a historical insight into Charlestown’s past. Open 1st March – November. For more details visit

A circular stroll can be taken all around the harbour where you can view the old sailing ships that are often moored here and look at the many historical remnants of the port’s past. The Ship wreck and Heritage Centre at the landward end of the harbour is well worth a visit before returning to St Austell.