Charlestown Harbour and beaches, St Austell, Cornwall, PL25 3NX
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    Charlestown Beach Information

    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.

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

    Why not check other beaches nearby as we have 18 beaches around St Austell, 217 beaches in Cornwall, or check our list of Cornwall Dog Friendly Beaches.

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  • Water Quality

    Beach Bathing 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.
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  • Weather

    7-day Weather Forecast

    Light rain today and Sunday, with high temperatures falling to 9°C on Sunday.

    Today's Forecast
     Light rain in the morning.
       91%  96%   11 mph
      6:08 am    8:28 pm
    Wednesday, Apr 25th
     Partly cloudy throughout the day and breezy starting in the evening.
       45%  55%   15 mph
      6:06 am    8:29 pm

    Thursday, Apr 26th
     Breezy in the morning and mostly cloudy throughout the day.
       28%  57%   14 mph
      6:04 am    8:31 pm
    Friday, Apr 27th
     Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
       58%  80%   2 mph
      6:02 am    8:32 pm

    Saturday, Apr 28th
     Overcast throughout the day and breezy overnight.
       37%  99%   13 mph
      6:00 am    8:34 pm
    Sunday, Apr 29th
     Light rain in the afternoon.
       70%  99%   11 mph
      5:59 am    8:36 pm

    Monday, Apr 30th
     Mostly cloudy throughout the day and breezy overnight.
       28%  81%   13 mph
      5:57 am    8:37 pm
    Tuesday, May 1st
     Breezy in the morning and mostly cloudy until afternoon.
       28%  61%   19 mph
      5:55 am    8:39 pm

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