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.

Planning your visit to Charlestown Beach


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Place Category: Beaches

Charlestown Beach 7 Day Weather Forecast

Expect a temp in the range 14.2℃ to 14.8℃ with wind speed 10.3 m/sec (WSW)
Friday, Sep 29partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range 13.7℃ to 15.6℃ with wind speed 2.6 m/sec (NNE)
Saturday, Sep 30partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range 12.3℃ to 13.5℃ with wind speed 2.8 m/sec (SW)
Sunday, Oct 01rain
Expect a temp in the range 16.5℃ to 17.1℃ with wind speed 6.2 m/sec (SW)
Monday, Oct 02cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 14℃ to 14.4℃ with wind speed 1.2 m/sec (NW)
Tuesday, Oct 03cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 13.2℃ to 15℃ with wind speed 8.3 m/sec (W)
Wednesday, Oct 04cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 12.2℃ to 14℃ with wind speed 4.4 m/sec (WNW)

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, helping you to plan the best time to visit Charlestown Beach. These times are not adjusted for BST.

Thu 28 Sep
   High Tide at 04:27 (Height 4.91m)
   Low Tide at 10:45 (Height 0.66m)
   High Tide at 16:40 (Height 5.29m)
   Low Tide at 23:11 (Height 0.35m)
Fri 29 Sep
   High Tide at 05:12 (Height 5.16m)
   Low Tide at 11:32 (Height 0.36m)
   High Tide at 17:26 (Height 5.48m)
   Low Tide at 23:55 (Height 0.15m)
Sat 30 Sep
   High Tide at 05:56 (Height 5.29m)
   Low Tide at 12:15 (Height 0.21m)
   High Tide at 18:11 (Height 5.53m)
Sun 01 Oct
   Low Tide at 00:37 (Height 0.10m)
   High Tide at 06:38 (Height 5.32m)
   Low Tide at 12:55 (Height 0.20m)
   High Tide at 18:52 (Height 5.46m)
Mon 02 Oct
   Low Tide at 01:16 (Height 0.22m)
   High Tide at 07:17 (Height 5.25m)
   Low Tide at 13:33 (Height 0.35m)
   High Tide at 19:31 (Height 5.26m)
Tue 03 Oct
   Low Tide at 01:52 (Height 0.47m)
   High Tide at 07:50 (Height 5.08m)
   Low Tide at 14:08 (Height 0.63m)
   High Tide at 20:04 (Height 4.97m)
Wed 04 Oct
   Low Tide at 02:25 (Height 0.83m)
   High Tide at 08:19 (Height 4.84m)
   Low Tide at 14:42 (Height 1.00m)
   High Tide at 20:31 (Height 4.61m)

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