The charming historic town of Christchurch lies on the eastern borders of Dorset and as well as being a lovely place to visit in itself is perfectly positioned should you with to explore further afield during your stay and journey into the New Forest or a little further afield in Hampshire and discover the maritimes history of England in the seaports of Southampton or Portsmouth. To the west lies Bournemouth and all the lively nightlife, bustling town centre and miles of beaches this classic English holiday resort has to offer.
Christchurch with its excellent choice of quality hotels, friendly B&Bs and Guest Houses coupled with excellent facilities for those who enjoy staying in holiday caravan parks or camp sites or maybe wish to go self catering in a character cottage or apartment is an excellent location for discovering the south east of Dorset or New Forest. From time to time places to stay in Christchurch post special breaks and offers in and around Christchurch to this site.
Christchurch is situated just on the edge of the New Forest and close to Bournemouth and Poole, its unique combination of fascinating heritage, impressive coastline, harbour and rivers provides all the ingredients to make your visit extra special. Once you have visited the town for a day and experienced its character and charm, you will be tempted to return for that well deserved short break or longer holiday!
Christchurch is a beautiful town, with spectacular vibrant floral displays, hanging baskets and gardens that have earned it the prestigious accolade of 'Best Town' in the national floral competition Britain in Bloom. Add to this, the award-winning attractions, interesting museums and excellent restaurants and cafés and you have the ideal recipe for a perfect day out!
The older part of the town, dominated by the magnificent Priory Church, dates from Saxon times and still retains its Saxon street layout. It is an interesting mixture of picturesque walks, quaint houses, restaurants, public houses and specialist shops, some of which date back to smuggling times. The bustling modern part of Christchurch (centred round the High Street, Saxon Square and Bargates) contains a good range of shops and a large market is held every Monday in Bank Close car park.
Christchurch is very near the the popular holiday destinations of Mudeford , Highcliffe and Friars Cliff and accommodation in these areas can be found in our Christchurch listings.
There's plenty to see and do in and around the Borough, so call in at the Information Centre in the High Street where friendly staff will be pleased to give you help and advice.
Use the map of Christchurch below to zoom in or out to view directions or click the satellite button for an aerial view.