Things to do in Christchurch

You'll find plenty of things to do in Christchurch, from enjoying local activities near popular beaches in Dorset to enjoying a range of entertainment for all ages at Christchurch attractions. Get a taste of the local culture and history, and don’t miss out on shopping in Christchurch during your stay. You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to great places to eat near Christchurch, and getting around couldn’t be easier thanks to the range of Dorset train stations nearby. While families can snuggle up in their comfy Hypnos bed for the night, Christchurch's nightlife and popular evening spots open their doors to couples and groups looking for fun nights out in Dorset. Whatever you're looking to do by the coast on your UK short break, book your Christchurch hotel and stay close to all the best things to do.  

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Attractions

With castles that date back to the Norman period, historic churches, nature reserves and leafy parks, Christchurch is home to an impressive array of attractions.

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Culture

Whether it’s local art galleries, fascinating museums that recount the region’s rich history, or food, music and arts festivals, there’s always something to see and do in Christchurch.

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Activities

With mile after mile of stunning coastline, the harbour is home to a wide range of watersports and beaches, perfect for sunny day lazing, windsurfing and more.

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Beaches

Choose from wide open sandy beaches, secluded hotspots home to some of the most expensive beach huts in the UK or windswept shingle beaches underneath cliff-top castles.

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Highcliffe Castle

With its cliff-top location, Highcliffe Castle offers stunning views across the English Channel and is one of the best-preserved 18th-century romantic castles in the UK.

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Entertainment

A small town, Christchurch can still boast a strong art and entertainment scene, with regular live music, theatre and opera thanks to venues like the excellent Regent Centre.

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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.

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Nightlife

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.

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Shopping

Be it modern shopping centres, mini markets perfect for picking up a bargain or hunting down designer names, you’ll find everything and more in Christchurch.

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New Forest National Park

A short drive from each of our Christchurch hotels, the New Forest is one of the largest forests in the south and a relatively untouched space that makes you feel like you’re stepping back in time.

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Adventure Wonderland

One of the leading family-friendly destinations in the region, Adventure Wonderland is aimed at kids aged 12 and under. There are a wide range of rides and attractions and even guest visits from Peppa Pig and friends.

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Getting around

With two airports within half an hour of Christchurch, getting into the town couldn’t be easier. Add in train, road and ferry networks, and you have a well-connected town.

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