Your day begins as soon as you step ashore to be met by your personal guide from Cornish Welcome Tours with their special knowledge and love of Cornwall.
We start our tour following the leafy country lanes of Cornwall along the coast to the historic port of Charlestown. This is an amazingly unspoilt example of a late Georgian working port. It was constructed between 1791 and 1801 by Charles Rasheigh, a local landowner, in response to the growth of the local mining industry. The village is named after its creator. It was originally known as West Polmear with a population of 9 and a small fishing fleet that used the beach as a harbour. The project began with the construction of the pier followed by the creation of a basin cut out of the bedrock to allow sailing ships in.
On completion Charlestown was a model Georgian “new town” and by the 19th century various businesses were established around the harbour such as pilchard curing, shipbuilding, brick making and lime curing and the population exploded to nearly 3000. many attractive period properties sprung up in the village from elegant Georgian houses to squat fisherman’s cottages.
To this day the port remains largely unspoilt and retains much of its Georgian character. This has lead to Charlestown being used as the location for many films such as Hornblower, Mansfield Park, Poldark, Rebecca and many more. The harbour is also home to a fleet of square rigger ships and there is usually at least one of these magnificent ships in the harbour.
We spend the morning in Charlestown exploring this unspoilt little port and also paying a visit to the Shipwreck and Heritage Centre which has been established in an old china clay store. Here we will see the largest collection of shipwreck and historical artefacts on display in Europe. The many and varied exhibitions reflect village life in Charlestown, it’s history, shipwrecks and the once thriving china clay industry and are well worth seeing.
Lunch is taken in a nearby hostelry where you can sample traditional Cornish fare such as Cornish Pasties and locally caught crab and fish.
After lunch we visit the Eden Project, Cornwall’s best known tourist attraction and often called the Eighth Wonder of the World. The project is sited in a former clay pit and has three biomes, the outdoor biome, the rainforest biome and the mediterranean biome. The biomes (large naturally growing communities of flora and fauna occupying a large glasshouse) contain over a million plants representing over 5000 species from around the world. This is a visit not to be missed and a highlight of any visit to Cornwall - something you will talk about for a long time to come.
No visit to Cornwall would be complete without the experience of a traditional Cornish Cream Tea and we shall have time to relax and enjoy this before we head back to the embarkation point, leaving you with unforgettable memories of a fabulous day out
- The cost of the tour is £137 per person based on two people in the party
- For four people the cost is £112 per person
- For six people the cost is £87 per person
The cost includes your tour guide, all motoring costs, entry fees and Devon Cream Tea. Items not included are coffees and drinks, lunch or travel insurance
Tours are also available from the following other ports: