Memoirs: Exploring Charlestown, Cornwall

A hearty breakfast

Emma and I woke up around 8 am after our Prosecco induced sleep and I’m sure we could have slept the day away. But not wanting to sink into the homebody mode we both love, we got up and ready to explore and discover some of what Cornwall has to offer. I’d researched that the historic port of Charlestown was close by, so we decided that this would be our base for the day. Before heading off, we made the most of the unlimited buffet breakfast which soon woke us up and adamant to go out and burn it off… 

A visual representation of me avoiding inhaling e body odour on the Central line

Exploring Charlestown

I am die-hard Uber user. I don’t even want to know how much I’ve spent on Ubers since I started using it yet I cannot bear to bring myself to delete the app. Uber doesn’t work in Cornwall at all, we had to go back to basics and phone a cab company. In the reception area of Travelodge, they handily have a slip with the local cab numbers, so this is super helpful if you’re out exploring, just remember to bring cash. We decided on Spot On cabs and they were just that, spot on, taking us through the scenic route to the port of Charlestown. When we pulled up, the journey came to £5.40 which is super affordable considering we’d still be walking now if we had decided to walk it. Basically, it isn’t walkable at all!
Stepping out of the cab, we smelt the salty sea air and practically ran down to the beach. Whilst the weather may look overcast in my photos, it was actually really warm and I soon regretted wearing ripped jeans and a t-shirt, wishing I’d opted for shorts and a swimsuit instead. I can confirm I have a tan where the rips in my jeans were… The steps down to the beach are somewhat steep and narrow, so if you have any mobility problems, you may require some help. But when you do finally get on to the beach, you’ll take in the beauty that is Cornwall. It isn’t a sandy beach, but a pebble, which I was kinda glad because sand is a nightmare to wash out of your clothes.
Once you sit down and look around, you’ll wonder if you’re still in the UK as the towering cliffs are filled with lush green vegetation, much like a scene from Jurassic Park 1, 2 or 3. The crow of a seagull will fill the air every so often, but if it’s one thing I noted is how quiet Cornwall is.

Cornish delights

After exploring the beach for a little while and Emma getting tired of chasing crabs, we soon built up an appetite and knew it was time for us to sample all things, Cornish. As the cab pulled up earlier, I had mentally bookmarked The Tallships Creamery as I saw a sign with the following:
Shock! Horror! I wasn’t all too impressed with the Cornish pasty, I don’t know if I’ve consumed way too many steak bakes in my time but this pasty just felt a little empty? The pastry was absolutely huge though. It might be worth another visit to try a few more in Cornwall.
On the other hand, the Cornish tea, scones and clotted cream were absolutely divine. All this here, came to a bargain friendly £12, so don’t bother booking an overpriced afternoon tea in Cornwall, stick to a small independent cafe instead. After our mini-afternoon tea session, we headed on over to…

The Charlestown Shipwreck and Heritage Centre

If you want to dive under the skin of the Charlestown, this is definitely a must-visit (Ticket prices are no more than £6). There are countless artifacts showcasing maritime history going back to 1715. It is eye-opening and humbling to see just how many shipwrecks in Europe since then. It makes you wonder just how many out there that are still undiscovered…

You can find out more about the museum here.
Address: The Shipwreck and Heritage Centre, Quay Road, Charlestown, St. Austell Cornwall PL25 3NX

Seafood and eat it

Eating fish and chips two days in a row is absolutely acceptable when you’re by the coast right? Eating fish and chips in London just isn’t the same, especially when the only thing we can compare is the River Thames. I mean can fish even survive in? Wally the whale didn’t.
Anyway, after a day exploring Charlestown in and around the harbour an appetite soon built up and we had spotted the Pierhouse Hotel from down at the beach. We both agreed that this would be our evening spot, especially as we wanted to enjoy the most of a warm dry day. Doing what we do best, we ordered a bottle of prosecco and quickly made our way through it over the conversation of how different Cornwall is to London. We also realised that this was our first proper holiday in the UK.



After indulging in dinner and a fair few glasses of prosecco, we headed to back down to the port area where lots of kids were free-diving into the sea. It was great to sea (ha) that this was there Saturday evening entertainment rather than being sat in front of the TV. As it was summer, the sun sets around 10 pm, but the sky in Charlestown began to change around 8 pm and just sitting down and taking it all in is humbling.Reflecting on our time here, it really opened my eyes about staycations in the UK and getting away from London for the weekend.

There are so much beauty and history in the world.
Whilst Cornwall may not be on my doorstep, it’s only a 4-hour train journey away to peace and quiet and some #SeaAndTheCity. For more things to do in the Cornwall area, check out the Travelodge guide here.  If you’re in the St. Austell area, check out my mini-list here:
  • Watch the sunset on the beach 🌅
  • Fish and chips 🍟
  • Brewery tour 🍺
  • Go to the beach 🌊
  • Go crabbing
  • Visit the Shipwreck museum 🚢
  • Cornish tea ☕️
  • Cornish ice cream 🍦
  • Cornish pasties 🥐

Thank you to Travelodge for this brilliant opportunity! If you would like to book your affordable stay at Travelodge, download the app or check them out here.

Char xo

My stay at Travelodge St. Austell was complimentary, but all views are my own. 

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