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, two of which belong to the Harbour. Anny of Charlestown is a 1930 Topsail Schooner and the Kajsamoor is a two-masted ketch built in 1939. Many other classic ships come to Charlestown when they need safe harbour, refurbishment or have cargo to unload. In 2019, the Harbour ran the first ever Charlestown Classic Sail Festival, breaking records for the largest number of vessels ever to enter the Harbour on a single tide and the Harbour was filled with classic ships for the first time in decades. From April – October the Harbour has additional food and drink offerings as well as activities and events in the Inner Harbour.
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 The Personal History of David Copperfield.