The harbour village of Charlestown was a Georgian 'new town', a port development planned by local landowner Charles Rashleigh (after whom it was named) and built between 1790 and 1810 for the export of copper and china clay.
Situated on the south coast of Cornwall between Looe and Mevagissey, Fowey is not only an historic town but also a commercial seaport. Designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Fowey has much to offer including the harbour, walks along the esplanade, as well as an excellent selection of quality shops and galleries, many exhibiting local works. There are many varied places to eat, from fish and chips, to gourmet restaurants.
Lostwithiel is Cornwall's hidden treasure, founded about 800 years ago for the export of tin. In the 13th century, Lostwithiel became the capital of Cornwall. It is now overlooked by the ruins of the 12th century Restormel Castle and surrounded by beautiful countryside with the river meandering through the centre of the town. Antique shops, regular fairs and auctions have made Lostwithiel the antiques capital of Cornwall. There are lifestyle shops, award winning restaurants, tea rooms, pubs and a produce market.
The Eden Project
The Eden Project showcases 100,000 plants from around the world in two giant transparent domes, each recreating different climate conditions, one tropical and one temperate. More than simply a green theme park, the Eden Project demonstrates the need for environmental care to create a sustainable future on our own.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Heligan, seat of the Tremayne family for more than 400 years, is one of the most mysterious estates in England. At the end of the nineteenth century its thousand acres were at their zenith, but only a few years later bramble and ivy were already drawing a green veil over this "Sleeping Beauty".
Restormel Castle lies by the River Fowey near Lostwithiel. It is one of the four chief Norman castles of Cornwall, the others being Launceston, Tintagel and Trematon. The castle is notable for its perfectly circular design. Although once a luxurious residence of the Earl of Cornwall, the castle was all but ruined by the 16th century. It was briefly reoccupied and fought over during the English Civil War but was subsequently abandoned. It is now in the care of English Heritage and open to the public.