Cornish Winter Break 13: Charlestown

An overview of the visit to Charlestown during my Cornish winter break, and a warning – this place is overhyped.

INTRODUCTION

For one reason or another it has been eleven days since I last found time to put up a blog post, but now it is time to continue with my series about my Cornish Winter Break. In my previous post I brought the curtain down on a remarkable day in which we visited Tintagel and then the Jamaica Inn. This post, the first of two about Charlestown, is somewhat different in nature.

A JOURNEY UNDER FALSE PRETENSES

The trip to Charlestown, a preserved Georgian port, was planned with high expectations due to a claim on its behalf that it is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Actually it is under consideration for that status, and based on my visit has little chance of being awarded it. It has an attractive harbour, and a few other points of interest, notably a shipwreck museum that will form the subject of my next post, but it did not come close to living up the hype. Do not put Charlestown down as an absolute must visit – if you are staying very close then it may be worth your while, but it is not somewhere to attempt to make a day of.

PHOTOGRAPHS

As usual I finish with some pictures…

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Tin Ingots with coins set into them being sold as souvenirs.

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I bought this one for myself.

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These last pictures come from three different establishments we looked at while trying to find somewhere to have a coffee (yes it took three attempts to find somewhere suitable).

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