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Christchurch, Dorset

From its medieval roots, Christchurch town still bustles with life like it first did many moons ago.  Just relax by the river and enjoy the world passing you by.

Rich in heritage and culture, Christchurch Priory and Christchurch Castle offer a fascinating step back to another time and stunning views of where the rivers Avon and Stour meet. Christchurch Quay overlooks the pretty Harbour, great for riverside walks. Christchurch is uniquely situated on the shores of its own harbour, close to the magnificent Dorset World Heritage Coast and the tranquil New Forest National Park. The mix of fascinating heritage, beautiful coastline and countryside and wide variety of attractions provide all the ingredients to make your holiday or short break extra special.

With a great range of accommodation, places to eat and drink, a wealth of things to see and do plus a variety of festivals and events there is something to suit everyone whatever your age or taste.

Christchurch is renowned for its fascinating heritage, intriguing history and in particular, the magnificent 11th century Priory Church and the mill of Saxon origin. The abundance of summer hanging baskets and award-winning floral displays contribute to Christchurch's unique character.

With an excellent number of places to eat and drink, from fine dining to cosy cafés and tea rooms, Christchurch has earned a great reputation both locally and nationally for the annual Food and Wine Festival and the much-loved International Food Market.

Christchurch is a peaceful sanctuary, great for riverside walks and getting close to nature. Aside from its intriguing past, Christchurch town centre is the perfect setting for a great day out. You’ll find specialist shops and tea rooms in abundance, as well as events throughout the year in the lively Saxon Square. The borough also includes Highcliffe-on-Sea, Mudeford, Hurn and Burton.


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