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Charlestown Beach

St Austell, Cornwall

Charlestown has a Georgian harbour that may be recognised from several film and television programmes. A fleet of tall ships currently resides in the harbour. There is a sand and stone beach to the east of the harbour and a small pebble covered beach.

Beach Type



Resuarant toilets shops slipway (very steep and only accessible at certain states of the tide


Swimming sailing scuba diving

Nature and Wildlife

The Cornwall Coast Path runs through Charlestown and there are cliff paths west to Porthpean and east to Carlyon Bay.

Water Quality




Awards and Recommendations

Marine Conservation Society Recommended

Tourist Information

St Austell Tourist Information Centre By-Pass Service Station Southbourne Road St Austell PL25 4RS. Tel: 01726 879 500


Nearest town: St Austell
County: Cornwall
Latitude/Longitude: 50.3311, -4.75148
Postcode: PL25 3NX
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)

Explore more of the area around St Austell, Cornwall at Explore Britain.


Follow A390 to Charlestown. it is just to the south of St Austell. It is an easy walk to the beach.

Public Transport

Nearest train station is St Austell.

Nearest Railway Stations

St Austell (Approx. 2 miles away)
Par (Approx. 3 miles away)
Luxulyan (Approx. 4 miles away)
Bugle (Approx. 5 miles away)
Lostwithiel (Approx. 7 miles away)

Important! Distances are as the crow (or seagull) flies. Road distances may be considerably longer, especially at estuary locations.


pay and display

Nearby Car Parks

Charlestown Road, Charlestown (Unknown stay).
About 0.3 miles away
Porthpean Beach, St Austell (Unknown stay).
About 0.9 miles away
Clifden Road, St Austell (Long stay).
About 1.2 miles away
Polkyth - main, St Austell (Long stay).
About 1.5 miles away
Polkyth, St Austell (Long stay).
About 1.5 miles away
St Austell Station, St Austell (Unknown stay).
About 1.8 miles away
East Hill, St Austell (Unknown stay).
About 1.8 miles away
Tregonissey Lane End, St Austell (Unknown stay).
About 1.8 miles away
Aylmer Square, St Austell (Unknown stay).
About 1.9 miles away
North Street, St Austell (Unknown stay).
About 1.9 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in St Austell