Charlestown Harbour
Charlestown Harbour
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 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
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • PWX2
    Letchworth Garden City, United Kingdom22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow what a Gem.
    Wow what a little gem, we stumbled across this lovely little harbour full of character and charm. Lots of local pubs and eateries, the harbour had street food around the edge, festoon of lights, flags and lots of seating. The locals were out in the row boats and the local kids jumping off the harbour walls into the sea. The mackerel were being caught on the line from the harbour wall. We had the best loaded fries and tortillas we have tasted, (I have tried a few), the service was spot on with great people skills. Who ever put the menu together for HBQ street food should be very proud and look at opening a chain. 5 Star all the way.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 July 2023
  • Danielle H
    Dover, United Kingdom50 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We’ll worth a visit
    We had a brilliant morning at the Harbour. After seeing Charlestown on CBeebies Fred and Pete treasure tales my 5 year old was keen to go and explore. Having an idea about the history made it more interesting and she understood what the white clay shoots were used for etc. The harbour is very charming and well worth a walk around even without children. The trip was topped off by a visit on the Lady Daphne were the crew were kind and informative.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 August 2023
  • Scottymrtpi
    Reigate, United Kingdom377 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely harbour with lots to see and do
    Fantastic small harbour with traditional boats, a few shops and restaurants, all in a really pretty setting. The harbour walls are great fun to walk around and we really enjoyed a couple of hours here along with a really nice lunch. Thoroughly recommend
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 August 2023
  • K4668DAlornat
    Chatham, United Kingdom21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quiet and friendly harbour
    A lovely calm and friendly harbour. The beaches were not crowded like other more touristy type places. Two beaches either side of the harbour, right side is dog friendly and left side not. Plenty of eateries to suit all tastes and pockets. Museum and art gallery. Costal walks to neighbouring bays. Would recommend to any family who want to avoid the tourist traps and just relax.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 September 2023
  • baranowska
    Bath, United Kingdom106 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Cornish Gem
    This is one of the most unspoilt and beautiful spots in Cornwall. I’m reluctant to leave this review because I feel it’s a secret gem, but it deserves to be shared! It’s much less busy than other spots, but no less beautiful. It has a wonderful selection of cafes and restaurants, beautiful beaches and the most picturesque harbour. Everyone here seems so friendly. A true Cornish gem
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 September 2023
  • sharon
    Birmingham, United Kingdom7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quaint Harbour and easy to relax
    this is a beautiful harbour, well worth a visit and walk round, however, the gem for us was the shipwreck museum and Shackleton experience. This takes you around the tunnels which were used to take clay to the boats in the harbour. Parking is easier in the morning so get in early to avoid car park issues. Pubs are nearby too.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 September 2023
  • Gilly360
    Durham, United Kingdom39 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Authentic
    Fascinating place to visit and well maintained. Even though we didn't have time to visit the exhibition, it was amazing to see a harbour as it would've been in the era of Nelson's navy. It was commercial with fancy shops and food outlets but tastefully so and pleasing that the harbour can be used and appreciated. The old sailing boats are being kept to use as bars with a talking point.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 October 2023
  • Dan T
    London, United Kingdom91 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pretty little harbour
    Visited here in December, more by chance than design, but happy we did. The harbour is very pretty from every angle, worth looking at from the top and then taking the short stroll down to the sea. The sea was quite rough when we were there and it proved quite the spectacle, we weren't alone in thinking this clearly, as the harbour area was quite busy!
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 3 January 2024
  • chrismranger
    Portsmouth, United Kingdom898 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth a visit lovely location
    A lovely historic and picturesque location with great amenities for all including dogs! Well worth a visit and learn a little more about Charlestown. Easily explorable in a day, with good bars, shops and galleries
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 18 May 2024
  • Ernie H
    Cardiff, United Kingdom2,197 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The reason to visit
    As a World Heritage Site, it is the reason to visit and well worth a visit it is. You imagine a busy little port of many a year ago but are surprised to learn that China Clay exports from here only finished in 1999. One surprise was that one of the tall ships was laid down in 1939 in Scandinavia so was requisitioned by the Kreigsmarine as a training vessel. Our visit was on a relatively calm day so the waters in the harbour were still and clear. Maintenance was taking place on the dock gate at the time so the water level was quite high.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 June 2024
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Steve H
Derby, UK6 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Friends
Been many times before over the years. It is now no longer Cornish and caters for townies from London who are willing to pay £22 for a steak and to make them feel at home, the restaurants and pubs brought in interior designers from Pimlico. The place is now about as Cornish as I am. A new outdoor pizza place we tried didn’t serve food outside after 5pm, and inside looked as though Jamie Oliver had brought in the decorators. We went to Fowey instead and enjoyed a much better experience. We won’t be back as there is simply nothing left that is original.
Written 12 September 2021
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Thank you for your review, and sorry to hear that you didn’t enjoy your visit. We think the pizza place that didn’t serve food after 5pm might be Rebellion, which sits near the Harbour and serves inside all evening. The seasonal pop-ups in the Harbour are very popular with both locals and visitors to the area, who enjoy fresh cooked local food whilst seated next to the harbour, with main course meals starting at about £10, but we are sorry that you didn’t enjoy these temporary eateries. Charlestown remains original, and we work hard on maintaining it – it is the last open 18th Century Georgian harbour in the UK and is proud to be a UNESCO world heritage site.
Written 14 September 2021
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Joe
United Kingdom47 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
We arrived in early evening on a very sunny day and were greeted by a busy and expensive carpark that only took cash! However when we resolved these issues and walked down to the harbour itself, we found it packed full of people, with social distancing apparently a forgotten rumour. The area around the tall ships was the only quiet section (having no bars or restaurants), but this area looked partly closed and a cheap attempt at making an attraction out of nothing. Especially as you couldn't step on to any of the tall ships or see more than an excuse for tourists to be relieved of their money. It's free to look around, is a beautiful location if you ignore the people and has some interesting tall ships - that's the only reason it's not 1 star!
Written 22 July 2020
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We’re sorry that you didn’t enjoy your visit to Charlestown. Charlestown Harbour do not own any of the 3 car parks in the village, so have no control over their charges. The Inner Harbour is open to the public, and completely free of charge for visitors to walk around. One section of the Harbour is closed to the public, as Charlestown Harbour is a working port and ships are worked on in that area, so we need to keep the ships crews and the public safe. In normal times, there is a Tall Ship (Kajsamoor) that people can climb aboard, but COVID-19 guidelines around social distancing means that this year we are unable to offer this experience. We have robust COVID-19 policies in place which include sanitising stations and clear signage about social distancing, but we are, of course, relying on members of the public to adhere to the guidelines, which is a challenge for all holiday destinations in the current climate.
Written 23 July 2020
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Julie D
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Went there at 8.33pm, dark car park, walked around harbour (also in the dark), came back to a £60 parking ticket, parking attendant said he observed the car from 8.35 to 8.40 when he issued the ticket. We were back at car 8.58pm. No signs giving parking charge times unless you walked to other side of car park. We were going to eat at one of the restaurants tomorrow night, won’t be going back now.
Written 21 February 2020
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We are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your visit to Charlestown Harbour. Unfortunately, Charlestown Harbour does not own the village car parks, so have no input into the associated management, charges or fines thereof.
Written 22 February 2020
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Richard W
Poole, UK81 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
We have been to Charlestown before so knew what was there to see. Visitors were few so we were able to park in the street rather than use the car park. We walked down one side of the harbour but could only go so far as major works were taking place in the harbour. The area was fenced off and a constant stream of lorries were driving down to the worksite to take the rocks and sludge away.
We moved to the other side of the harbour as were able to walk to the bottom for the sea views but the experience was spoilt by the noise and dust from the works. I understand that the harbour needs work to it at times and I suppose we were unlucky but it seemed like the work would take quite a while so a lot of people could be disappointed.
The museum was closed, so we had a cup of tea at the kiosk and left.
Written 3 May 2021
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We are sorry you were disappointed by your recent visit to Charlestown Harbour. Unfortunately, the Harbour sustained serious storm damage in February (storm Darcy), so we have had to undertake significant and extensive emergency works to repair the damage. This work will be completed and the entire Harbour open to the public again soon, so we hope your next visit will be more enjoyable.
Written 4 May 2021
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H8195WCandrewg
Worcestershire, UK12 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
I have been visiting and staying at the once beautiful and unique Cornish harbour of Charlestown for about 40 years.
Over the years developments to the harbour have been generally tasteful and sympathetic to the beauty and history of the location. On our return after a two year gap we discovered that the harbour area has been ruined by the installation of a cheap and nasty barbecue cafe with bench type tables strewn along the harbour side. There is a shoddy wooden building looking like an oversize garden shed and awful unsympathetic lighting along the quayside. How approval for this monstrosity was granted has to be suspicious at best.
If you remember Charlestown for its unique charm and beauty - DONT COME BACK.
Written 7 August 2020
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Martyjojo
Newbury, UK3,827 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
I had no idea Charlestown would be so cute! No wonder this place is used so much in films. What a gorgeous little harbour, very photogenic and great for a visit. We were lucky to be staying here so nice after hours when it was very quiet and day trippers disappeared.
Written 3 October 2020
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nessief
Worcester, UK1,425 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Couples
I've been visiting Cornwall regularly for many years but had never made it to Charlestown. It's OK but not as scenic as you would imagine tbh. Car Park prices are quite high which explains the long lines of parked cars outside the village. Ive seen it now but won't bother coming back as there's not a lot going on
Written 17 September 2021
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Mycroft s
12 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Charlestown used to be quite a decnt place to visit however over the past few years the council have become hostile to drivers and put double yellow lines everywhere, leaving the car park totally bombed out so it's gone downhill a little now.

Also things have gone silly with prices over the past couple of years, the shipwreck museum used to be quite reasonable and kids got in free, however not any longer and is in my opinion overpriced for what it is.

he food and booze from the little huts along the harbour that sell food and drink charge extorionate prices and are trying to be too 'trendy' and 'poncey' but just come across as greedy and missguided and are cetainly NOT value for money.

One good point though is The Tall Ships ice cream shop, some of the best ice cream I have tasted, so IF you can find a parking space it's worth viviting for this alone!
Written 13 August 2022
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Thank you for your review of Charlestown Harbour. Charlestown Harbour does not own any of the car parks, nor the Shipwreck Museum or Tallships Creamery, so we are not in a position to comment on them. We do not have any influence over where the Council choose to put double yellow lines, but with plenty of on road parking and 3 car parks, most visitors tend to find a spot. The pop ups in the Harbour offer a variety of food and drinks, with meals starting at £6, and drinks prices in line with the local pubs.
Written 15 August 2022
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Gillian D
Tring, England, United Kingdom6 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Couples
We visited Charlestown on the 24th June a beautiful little town and thoroughly enjoyed a couple of hours here with an intention to go back one day. However that has been marred today by the receipt of a parking fine from Premier Park this is completely unjustified as we certainly did pay for two hours parking. Unfortunately unlike the other car parks we used while out on this day we were unable to pay on our bank card and do not hold on to parking tickets so this has already been binned. From the photo provided it does look as if the ticket is sitting on he passenger side of the window but is not clear in the photo. I have noted on a previous comment that you should put in your car registration number however I cannot remember any request to put this in at the time of our purchase. This is definitely a rip-off and we are not amused.
Written 27 June 2020
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We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed a couple of hours here in Charlestown. Unfortunately, Charlestown Harbour does not own any of the car parks in the village, so have no input into the parking fees and fines.
Written 30 June 2020
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Jill R
High Wych, UK18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
Beautiful quaint harbour with some big ships in dock. Visited the Charlestown Museum where they had the Shackleton Exhibition which was fascinating and told the story of the expedition to the South Pole in such detail. Very humbling experience. There are other shipwreck exhibits there. Great value for money and well worth the visit.
Written 3 May 2022
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