Sunday, 3 Mar 2024

Beautiful UK seaside village lost in time jam-packed with amazing beaches

A beautiful UK seaside port which is also home to a UNESCO world heritage site is jam-packed with stunning beaches.

Charlestown is a village and port on the south coast of Cornwall, located around two miles south east of St Austell town centre. 

The port at Charlestown developed in the late 18th century from the fishing village of West Polmear. 

Every year, the village, which is somewhat lost in time, attracts a larger number of tourists who come to wander around its port and the stunning beaches on each side.

Formerly known as West Polmear, Charlestown was constructed between 1791 and still retains a number of striking features from its past.

Popular tourist attractions in Charlestown includes the Shipwreck Treasure Museum, the UNESCO harbour, boat trips, nearby beach towns and even South West Coast Path hikes.

The town is also a popular filming location for Poldark and other TV shows and films like Hornblower and Mansfield Park.

The Cornish gem is incredibly popular among tourists on Tripadvisor.

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One person wrote: “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.”

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Another said: “A unique world heritage site. The harbour is small but a relic of a bygone age and if you are fortunate some old sailing ships may be in port. It’s free to walk around but there are donation boxes looking for funds for the upkeep.”

Not only the holidaymakers but the town has become a top choice for homebuyers looking to purchase properties in the area.

An estate agent from Cornwall told “We have seen a rise in the number of enquires from homebuyers over the last few years. Due to the large number of posh restaurants, cafes and bars, the area is among the top choices for the people willing to come all the way down here.”

The town boasts of a Michelin star restaurant Eddie which has amazing views on TripAdvisor along with countless other indpendent eateries – most of which rake in hundreds of excellent reviews.

It takes around three hours to drive to Charlestown from Bristol along the M5. One can also travel by train from Temple Meads to Par and then get another train to Church.

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