Town Centre from Christchurch Castle

Christchurch is a small town on the south-eastern tip of Dorset, just to the east of Bournemouth, and south of the New Forest in Hampshire.

High Street

Though busy it has a laid back feel though most of the time there is a lot of traffic on the high street making it tricky to walk around.

Saxon Square - Market Square

Market day is on Monday and is held on the high street though would have traditionally limited to “Saxon Square” which today still has the old market arch.

There is a walk along the River Avon that takes you along the ruins of the castle and behind the priory to the Town Quay.

Walk along the River Avon

There are a number of car parks surrounding the high street (follow the signs) and there is also the NRLOGO Christchurch which is on the northern end of the high street.

Town Quay

Town Quay

The town quay has boat trips in the surrounding areas as well as a large park area with lots of birds to feed. There are a few pubs here as well as an ancient mill.


Christchurch Castle

The Keep

The Christchurch Castle and Norman House is free to visit and operated by English Heritage. The long walk up to the keep provides reasonable views of the town centre though not much further.

Christchurch Priory

The Priory from the south

The Chirstchurch Priory is still a very active part of the community. Open to visitors, there are several wonderful gardens surrounding the building.

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