Merchants Quarter is located in the historic Cornish coastal village of Cornwall. The harbour village was built between 1790 and 1810 principally for the export of copper and tin, together with china clay and got its name from local landowner and developer, Charles Rashleigh.
Today, it survives as a working harbour, albeit at a greatly reduced scale compared to its heyday in the 19th century, helping to preserve the vibrancy and life which makes Charlestown so unique. The Grade II listed harbour forms part of a wider World Heritage Site and used during the recent filming of BBC’s Poldark – is often graced with the presence of the famous Tall Ships, which have had their own starring roles in the likes of Doctor Who, Hornblower and Great Expectations.
The village retains a good supply of artisan shops and cafés, along with the popular Rashleigh Arms. After enjoying a swift half in the early evening sun you can enjoy a long walk on the South West Coastal Path, taking advantage of one of Cornwall’s famous sandy beaches. You can then return for a splendid supper as you wander back to Merchants Quarter, or maybe head off to the nearby Championship Carlyon Bay Golf Club for a quick round.
Charlestown is perfectly positioned for a visit to the world-famous Eden Project and Lost Gardens of Heligan, while retail therapy is available in Truro or across the border in Plymouth. The main railway line from Penzance to London Paddington is a short drive or bus ride away. Flights are available from either Newquay or Exeter.