- Christchurch has centuries of character
and is the perfect place to visit for that well-deserved
short break, holiday or for just a few hour, whatever the time of
year, whatever your age. it is a special place and many visitors
return year after year to enjoy the town’s Fascinating heritage,
award-winning attractions, beaches and coastline.
Historic Christchurch unfolds beneath the magnificent 11th century
Priory Church which is renowned for it's beautiful architecture.
Awarded five stars by Simon Jenkins in his book “England’s Thousand
Best Churches”, the Priory is 311 feet long and said to be the
longest parish church in ‘England.
The Norman Constable’s House adjacent to the Mill Stream, has one of
only five Norman chimneys in Britain as well as one of the earliest
toilets, or garderobes, as they were then called!
Just beyond the Norman House are the rest of the ruins of
Christchurch Castle and the mote which was probably built around
1100AD to protect the town’s river access. if you are feeling
energetic you can climb to the top of the mount and enjoy the view
You can discover all about Christchurch’s rich past geology and
natural history by visiting the Re House Museum, adjacent to The
Priory. Originally the local workhouse, the museum dates back to 1764
and is set in tranquil gardens.
Place Mill on the Town Quay dates back to Anglo Saxon times and is
mentioned in the Doomsday Book. The mill has now been restored an
although it is unable to grind corn, you can still see the wheel
turn when tidal conditions are right, it is open to the public as an
art gallery with changing exhibitions by local artists, there is
also a gift shop and interesting displays of artefacts.
- Local towns and villages to visit..
- Sea fishing at
Weymouth, Lulworth Cove, and Osmington Mills. Coarse fishing at
Radipole Lake, Weymouth. Trout fishing on the rivers Frome and
Bournemouth Caravan and