Christchurch might just be the perfect English beach town. With wide open beaches, cliff-top castles and some of the best pubs, cafés and restaurants in Dorset, it’s a classic south-coast town. There’s plenty of history on show in Christchurch including the Priory, Highcliffe Castle and Christchurch Castle and Norman House, neatly balanced by a bustling high street home to shopping centres, cafés, bars and restaurants. Check out our Christchurch hotels to find out the best place to stay. There’s plenty to do here, too. Choose from a range of beaches, explore the nearby New Forest or entertain the family at Peppa Pig World or Adventure Wonderland. Factor in some stunning coastal views, miles of bike and hiking trails and a rich season of events and festivals, and you’ll find Christchurch is a great alternative to staying in nearby Bournemouth and Poole.
Things to do in Christchurch
Places to eat
Seafood looms large here thanks to its coastal location, but the town is also home to a wide range of cuisines, including Thai, Italian, Indian and more. Discover the best cafés and restaurants in Christchurch with our eating-out guide.
With historic pubs, quaint country inns and lively town-centre bars open late into the night, Christchurch has a lively and contained nightlife scene. Find out the best spots to head to once the sun goes down.