{"LocationDetails":{"Id":640,"Name":"Charlestown","Description":"\u003ch1\u003eOur guide to self-catering Charlestown holiday cottages\u003c/h1\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eCharlestown\u0026rsquo;s about as close as you can get to winding the clock back and experiencing the real Poldark\u0026rsquo;s Cornwall. Used as the setting for many a \u0026lsquo;town\u0026rsquo; scene in the BBCs Poldark series, the village is home to tall ships that sit gracefully in its harbour, and you can almost smell the history in the air.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eJust a mile from St Austell, Charlestown feels a world away from the rest of Cornwall. The village\u0026rsquo;s Georgian port has changed little over the centuries, and it\u0026rsquo;s been the setting for so many films and programmes that the first time you visit you\u0026#39;ll feel as though you\u0026#39;ve been before. Scenes for Pirates of the Caribbean, Poldark, and Hornblower have all been filmed with Charlestown as a backdrop, and as the sun sets behind the Georgian buildings that have made the resort famous it\u0026#39;s easy to fancy yourself on the set of a pirate-themed production.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eThings to do in Charlestown\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eStand in front of the harbour when the tall ships are sitting calmly in the water and take in the sight of one of Cornwall\u0026rsquo;s most unspoilt corners. Charlestown\u0026rsquo;s still home to a fleet of beautiful square riggers ships and there\u0026#39;s usually at least one in the harbour. So, if you\u0026#39;re after that holiday photo that captures Cornwall\u0026#39;s maritime history then this is the place to take it.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eSpeaking of holiday photos, one of the most picturesque things to do is to wander the coast path and admire the views. If you get the bus to Mevagissey and walk the 7.6 miles back to Charlestown, you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to walk the coast path to the beach at Pentwean, over the dramatically rocky cove at Hallane and then around Black Head. Eventually, you\u0026rsquo;ll reach Porthpean Beach, Duporth Beach and then find yourself back in Charlestown. This walk\u0026rsquo;s on the challenging side, but if you\u0026rsquo;re feeling energetic you\u0026rsquo;ll be rewarded with some of the area\u0026rsquo;s most spectacular scenery.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Charlestown Shipwreck and Heritage Centre\u0026rsquo;s one of those things to do in Charlestown that\u0026rsquo;s perfect whatever the weather. Packed with artefacts that bring the local shipwrecks and maritime history to life for all ages, the centre\u0026rsquo;s a great way to find out more about the village\u0026rsquo;s long connection with the sea.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003e\u003cstrong\u003ePlaces to visit in Charlestown\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eJust a short drive from the Eden Project, Charlestown\u0026rsquo;s a popular base for families planning to experience just how it feels to stand in the world\u0026rsquo;s largest rainforest in captivity. One of the best-loved attractions in the South West, Eden\u0026rsquo;s home to the infamous Rainforest Biome, the beautiful Mediterranean Biome, outdoor gardens that go on for miles, and the longest zipwire in the country. If you visit between October and February you\u0026rsquo;ll find the ice rink waiting to welcome you, and the Christmas Festival makes just the place to celebrate Cornwall in all its Christmassy glory.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere\u0026rsquo;s another day out just along the road from Charlestown that\u0026rsquo;ll have you planning your next visit before you\u0026rsquo;ve even finished your holiday, and that\u0026rsquo;s the Lost Gardens of Heligan. The gardens were forgotten when those who worked in them were called off to the First World War, and they lay silent and overgrown for decades. They were finally rediscovered 25 years ago, and we\u0026rsquo;re pleased to report that they\u0026rsquo;ve never looked more beautiful.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eCovering 200 acres, the gardens are part of the Heligan estate, and they\u0026rsquo;re home to everything from Victorian productive gardens to The Jungle. With hanging tree ferns and giant rhubarb, The Jungle makes the perfect adventure with the kids, and the gardens are open all year.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","Alias":"charlestown","MainImageLocation":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/emily.judge/2018/11/Charlestown.jpg/carousel.jpg","PointOfInterests":[{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"The Lost Gardens of Heligan","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThe Lost Gardens of Heligan are the most mysterious of St Austell family attractions. The gardens surround Heligan, a historic estate owned by the local Tremayne family, and their fascinating story starts when they were abandoned for the Great War.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe workers departed for the war efforts, leaving the gardens to grow wild and untended for decades, but not before they inscribed a message onto a wall. The inscription was discovered in 1990 and led a descendant of the Tremaynes to discover and restore the gardens to their former glory, and the results you can visit today are breathtaking.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eNamed \u0026lsquo;Garden of the Year\u0026rsquo; at the Cornwall Garden Society\u0026rsquo;s Spring Flower Show, the gardens remain one of Cornwall\u0026rsquo;s best loved attractions and they cover 200 sprawling acres. Stroll the Victorian Productive Gardens, marvel at the sub-tropical Jungle and get lost in the wider estate \u0026ndash; and that\u0026rsquo;s all before lunch. The Jungle will ignite your sense of adventure as you make your way along the raised boardwalk, weaving between ponds and inspiring plants and flowers.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Victorian gardens have the feel of days gone by about them, and a visit is like peering into Heligan\u0026rsquo;s past. The gardens were once cultivated so much by the Tremayne family that they produced most of their food, and today they produce more than 200 types of heritage herbs, salad, fruit and vegetables. You\u0026rsquo;ll find plenty of historic plants in the Pleasure Grounds, with the oldest plantings dating back 150 years. 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The Eden Project may be one of the country\u0026rsquo;s leading attractions, but the exciting thing is that it\u0026rsquo;s also an ongoing project, teaching its visitors, offering opportunities for the disadvantaged and working as a charity.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Eden project is a unique day out \u0026ndash; as where else can you be walking through a steamy rainforest one hour and skating on an ice rink the next? (the ice rink is an annual part of the Eden Winter Festival). Beneath the cutting-edge architecture you\u0026rsquo;ll discover world class sculptures, a treetop rainforest lookout and spectacular garden displays. Don\u0026rsquo;t worry if you\u0026rsquo;re not sure where to start, guided tours are always available, and if you start to wilt during the day a ride on the tractor-pulled land train is included in the ticket price.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere are events on throughout the year, so you might find storytelling for the youngsters, the chance of a massage in the biomes to help you relax and embrace the Eden ethos or glide above the site on the longest zip wire in England. The zip wire is open between May and September, and it\u0026rsquo;s a great way to see the biomes from a different perspective.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Eden Project is open every day of the year (except for 24 and 25 December) and it\u0026rsquo;s well signposted from the main roads outside of St Austell. 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