Unlike many tourists to Cornwall and specifically Charlestown, I wasn’t looking for Poldark or a glimpse of Aidan Turner. I mean he is hot, but I don’t even watch Poldark! I wanted to visit Charlestown as I had heard it was steeped with history and was one of Cornwall’s most historic and famous ports.
I arrived early on a Saturday morning and was lucky enough to park on the road that leads down to the port. This meant I saved a lot of money on car parking which I’ve heard is pretty pricey at the main car park. It was a sunny day and although I was there early the port was bustling with quite a few people. As I had arrived before the Shipwreck & Heritage Centre opened I decided to head down to the port to see what all the hype was about. There are lots of fancy looking coffee shops and hotels as you approach the end of the port and you are greeted with lovely views stretching out to sea. There is a small beach which looked like a great place for a swim – there were some young people swimming and jumping into the harbour which they seemed to be enjoying immensely.
After taking some snaps I made my way back up from the harbour to the ticket stand for entrance to the historic port. I decided to pay the joint entry fee to the port and the Charlestown Shipwreck & Heritage Centre. This enabled me to head down the historic port where there are a couple of information boards detailing the history of the port. It also has a section on films and TV series that have been filmed within the port and the surrounding areas. The most famous is BBC’s Poldark which recently came back to prime time TV.
There is also a ship you can go on and have a look round. This also has lots of information and sailing memorabilia to peruse.
After exploring the port I made my way to the Shipwreck & Heritage Centre which isolated next to the port. You enter through some maritime tunnels that lead to a vast collection of historical maritime artefacts and memorabilia. Apparently it’s home to the the largest display of shipwreck memorabilia in Europe. I can certainly agree that there was a lot to look at – cabinets upon cabinets of artefacts and information to read. Lots of which was very interesting. I especially liked looking at the items that have been found at various West Country shipwrecks and the section on the HMS Titanic which infamously sank in 1912.
And More Shipwrecks
There is also a more interactive section and exhibits with models displaying various diving suits and equipment. I think if people had a particular interest in maritime and shipwreck history then this place is a wealth of information and interesting artefacts! You could spend ages taking in all the information and exhibits should you wish too.
Overall I enjoyed my solo trip to Charlestown; although after reading so much about him I’m disappointed I didn’t catch a glimpse of Poldark! The port was much busier by the time I left the centre so I would advise going earlier if you want to avoid the crowds.
Have you visited Charlestown? Did you catch sight of Poldark?! Let me know your thoughts below.