Christchurch Harbour

Christchurch Harbour

Place Mill Gallery on the Quayside

Place Mill Gallery on the Quayside

Christchurch on the Dorset coast sits just east of Bournemouth and nestles around its pretty harbour. The town has been an ancient site of settlement since the Iron Age, and the borough extends north around Bournemouth Airport and east to Highcliffe-on-Sea. Dorset's top family theme park can be found in Christchurch - The Adventure Wonderland Theme Park has a soft play area, rides, outdoor activities and the South's largest natural hedge maze. The town also contains the Museum of Electricity, housed in an Edwardian power station with a display of electronics and electric transport from times gone by.

Christchurch Priory

Christchurch Priory

Wherever you are in Christchurch you'll see the magnificent Norman Christchurch Priory in the centre, the longest church in England with a breathtaking interior featuring high vaulted ceilings with Norman and Gothic architecture and a miraculous roof beam with a legend that gave the church and town its name. A wealth of historic buildings are dotted around the harbour and town centre including heritage gems like Place Mill, a restored Anglo-Saxon watermill at Christchurch Harbour, today a free entry art gallery. If you like visiting historic sites there's plenty of Saxon and Norman buildings in Christchurch and of course Christchurch Priory that dominates the town centre. Christchurch harbour is the ideal place to set sail, take a harbour cruise or a river trip up the River Avon or River Stour.

Christchurch Castle ruins

Christchurch Castle ruins

The Harbour

Naturally formed about 7000 years ago when the sea level rose, Christchurch Harbour with spectacular quaysides - Mudeford Quay at the north and Mudeford Sandbank at the south - offers a wealth of water-based activities. Pick up vintage ferry boat trips or hire a speed boat. You'll also find great family attractions around the harbour like the outdoor Splash Park, a water play park with paddling pool and water sprays.

Christchurch Harbour

Christchurch Harbour

Stour Valley Way

The Stour Valley Way is a sixty four mile long distance walking route that runs through Sturminster Newton. It starts on the Dorset Coast at Christchurch where the river flows into the sea and ends at its source in Stourhe. The route winds its way through the Dorset countryside via Christchurch, Wimborne Minster, Blandford Forum and Sturminster Newton. It is waymarked with a distinctive kingfisher logo.

Where to Stay

Browse and compare prices for a superb choice of accommodation options in Christchurch, perfect for families, couples and activity groups. Choose from stylish contemporary apartments with beach views, luxurious 5 Star cottages and spa hotels, or opt for an affordable, all inclusive family holiday park with outdoor pool and playground. Christchurch has a wonderful selection of bespoke B&Bs brimming with unique charm. Find Christchurch accommodation online now and book!

Accommodation in Christchurch

  • Christchurch   (1.9 miles from the centre of Christchurch)
    Sleeps 8
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    £202
    3 night Caravan/Apartment breaks. Sleep 4-8
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    Stylish beachfront holiday park on the Dorset Coast overlooking Christchurch Harbour with spacious caravans & apartments, outdoor pool, playground, gym & family bar. Sleep 4-8.
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  • Christchurch   (1.3 miles from the centre of Christchurch)
    Sleeps 8
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    £1,493
    Per week (seasonal), sleeps 8
     
    Large holiday home in Southbourne, in an elevated position with sea views. Excellent modern luxury facilities throughout. Ideal for large families and small groups. Parking. WiFi.
     
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  • Christchurch   (0.0 miles from the centre of Christchurch)
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    £40
    Per person B&B (2 sharing)
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    Multi-Award winning family run Christchurch Hotel. Awarded 5 Star Gold for luxury en-suite accommodation. Licensed bar, free WIFI & close to town centre & quay.
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  • Bournemouth   (1.4 miles from the centre of Christchurch)
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    £20
    Per person, per night. Optional breakfast £5
     
    Excellent value, clean and comfortable family run B&B. Great location close to Bournemouth, Boscombe and Christchurch. 10 minute drive from the airport. Free WIFI and freeview.
     
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  • Bournemouth   (0.7 miles from the centre of Christchurch)
    Sleeps 6
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    £714
    Per week (seasonal) sleeps 6
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    Luxury three bedroom, two bath/ shower room holiday accommodation in Bournemouth with balcony, garden & parking. Cot & high chair can be provided. Short breaks.
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  • Christchurch   (0.2 miles from the centre of Christchurch)
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    £310
    Per week (seasonal) sleep 1-6
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    Town house accommodation in Christchurch offering self-catering holiday homes furnished to a high standard. Great for families, couples, singles and groups.
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  • Bournemouth   (1.3 miles from the centre of Christchurch)
    Sleeps 6
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    £220
    per week (seasonal) Sleeps up to 6
     
    Two self contained apartments in an original Bournemouth Victorian house close to beach. Onsite parking. Use of large garden. WiFi. One apt sleeps up to 4, the other up to 6
     
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  • Bournemouth   (1.6 miles from the centre of Christchurch)
    Sleeps 2
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    £235
    Per Week (seasonal) Sleeps 2
     
    Well appointed studio apartment in Bournemouth set just 100 metres from the beach at Southbourne. Off road parking, Wi-Fi service, cot/ high chair for children. No pets.
     
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  • Southbourne   (1.7 miles from the centre of Christchurch)
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    £440
    Per week (seasonal) sleep 1-5
     
    Two spacious & well appointed holiday flats in Bournemouth close to the wonderful sandy coastline. Disabled access available, one with courtyard garden. Parking. Sleep up to 4.
     
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  • Bournemouth   (1.7 miles from the centre of Christchurch)
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    £32
    per person per night B&B (2 sharing)
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    Traditional Bournemouth B&B in the Southbourne area, 2 minutes' walk from the beach. Situated on a peaceful tree-lined avenue with all en-suite rooms, parking, guest lounge & WiFi.
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