In modern times, Charlestown is a privately-owned working harbour which remains vibrant, and completely unspoilt. It has been under its current ownership since August 2018.
Charlestown still boasts the presence of historic tall ships, one of which, the 30 metre Kajsamoor, built in 1939, is a permanent resident. Many Classic ships come to Charlestown when they need to refurbishment or have cargo to unload. There is also the Charlestown Harbour & Shipwreck Museum experience. The Museum houses the largest private collection of shipwreck artefacts on public display in Europe and the Inner Harbour also has historical displays as well as the Tall Ship Kajsamoor.
Charlestown is known not only as a stunning tourist destination, but also for the many film and TV productions that a are filmed on location in the Harbour and surrounding areas. Some of the most well-known recent productions filmed in Charlestown include: Poldark, Taboo and David Copperfield.