Charlestown Beach

Charlestown is an unspoilt example of a late Georgian working port, still being used today. It offers two beaches on either side of the harbour.

The harbour dates back to between 1791 and 1801 when Charles Rashleigh a member of the local landowning family, built it in response to the growth of the local mining industry. Originally built to export copper and import coal, it was soon being used for the export of China Clay.

Today the port town remains unspoilt and retains much of its original Georgian character. This has lead to Charlestown being a popular location for film and television, and to some extent this has probably helped subsidise its existence and prevent development. Some of it’s credits include Poldark, Hornblower and Mansfield Park.

As well as being a harbour location Charlestown capitalises on it’s past by hosting a fleet of square riggers ships. There are usually at least one of these magnificent ships in the harbour adding to the overall character. The Shipwreck, Rescue and Heritage Centre is located in one of the old China Clay buildings and centre contains a number of exhibits relating to Charlestown’s maritime past along with more general shipwreck salvage from Cornwall’s coast.

The two beaches sit either side of the harbour and parking and all facilities within Charlestown are within easy reach.

Dog Friendly Beach?

We have no current information on dog restrictions for Charlestown Beach.

Why not check other beaches nearby as we have 216 beaches in Cornwall, or check our list of Cornwall Dog Friendly Beaches.

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Charlestown Beach Water Quality

Water samples are taken at regular intervals during the bathing season and at the end of the season the water quality is classified as:
  - Excellent: the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest
  - Good: generally good water quality
  - Sufficient: meets minimum standards
  - Poor: You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

7 Day Weather Forecast

Expect a temp in the range 8.1℃ to 9.7℃ with wind speed 7.9 m/sec (WNW)
Thursday, Feb 02partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range 8.3℃ to 9.1℃ with wind speed 7.6 m/sec (W)
Friday, Feb 03partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range 8.5℃ to 8.8℃ with wind speed 7.4 m/sec (W)
Saturday, Feb 04cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 6.1℃ to 7.6℃ with wind speed 2.7 m/sec (W)
Sunday, Feb 05cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 5.3℃ to 9.4℃ with wind speed 4.3 m/sec (NNW)
Monday, Feb 06cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 4.4℃ to 4.9℃ with wind speed 3.4 m/sec (E)
Tuesday, Feb 07clearsky_night
Expect a temp in the range 1.2℃ to 3.1℃ with wind speed 2.9 m/sec (NNW)

St Austell weather forecast from Yr, delivered by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and NRK

Charlestown Beach Tide Times

Tide times are available at around 600 locations and the closest location to Charlestown Beach is at Par 4.51 km (2.80 miles) away. Tides are displayed beneath for up to 7 days and we list both high and low water times along with the height. These times are not adjusted for BST.

Wed 01 Feb
   High Tide at 01:52 (Height 3.93m)
   Low Tide at 08:17 (Height 1.88m)
   High Tide at 14:29 (Height 3.89m)
   Low Tide at 20:52 (Height 1.81m)
Thu 02 Feb
   High Tide at 02:58 (Height 4.11m)
   Low Tide at 09:34 (Height 1.69m)
   High Tide at 15:30 (Height 4.05m)
   Low Tide at 21:57 (Height 1.60m)
Fri 03 Feb
   High Tide at 03:52 (Height 4.35m)
   Low Tide at 10:29 (Height 1.44m)
   High Tide at 16:21 (Height 4.25m)
   Low Tide at 22:45 (Height 1.37m)
Sat 04 Feb
   High Tide at 04:37 (Height 4.58m)
   Low Tide at 11:13 (Height 1.21m)
   High Tide at 17:03 (Height 4.43m)
   Low Tide at 23:27 (Height 1.17m)
Sun 05 Feb
   High Tide at 05:17 (Height 4.76m)
   Low Tide at 11:53 (Height 1.04m)
   High Tide at 17:42 (Height 4.56m)
Mon 06 Feb
   Low Tide at 00:04 (Height 1.03m)
   High Tide at 05:55 (Height 4.86m)
   Low Tide at 12:28 (Height 0.94m)
   High Tide at 18:19 (Height 4.63m)
Tue 07 Feb
   Low Tide at 00:36 (Height 0.96m)
   High Tide at 06:32 (Height 4.90m)
   Low Tide at 12:59 (Height 0.90m)
   High Tide at 18:55 (Height 4.65m)

Contains ADMIRALTY® tidal data: © Crown Copyright and database right.

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