Things to do in Christchurch
If you are considering staying with us you may be interested in some of our local attractions and things to do in Christchurch and the surrounding areas. This area is renowned for its tourist industries, with nationally acclaimed treasures as well as hidden gems waiting to be found. Staying occupied is simply not a problem for visitors coming into the area, as there is more than enough to do no matter whether its morning, noon or night.
With a long, diverse and established heritage including numerous sites of interest, natural stretches of coastlines and expanses of countryside, all within a comfortable drive, there’s no end of things to see and do in Christchurch that will leave you with a memorable trip to look back on. This, as well as the number of events and festivals that occur in the area every year, makes the town a friendly and welcoming place for residents and visitors alike with a wealth of things to do in Christchurch. Some of our local attractions include:
Beaulieu National Motor Museum: Showcases the best in the history of motoring, with a collection of automobiles that includes rally cars and F1 Grand Prix Machines. Located in the centre of the New Forest National Park, Beaulieu was voted the best large visitor attraction in the UK in 2013. Visit beaulieu.co.uk.
Brownsea Island: For nature lovers, Brownsea Island is a National Trust site located in Poole Harbour and is a hub of natural habitats, being host to woodland, heathland and lagoon areas. Wildlife such as red squirrals, as well as all manner of British birds are observable here. Also notable as the site of Arthur Baden-Powells first ever scouts meeting in 1907. Visit nationaltrust.org.uk.
Christchurch Priory: Established in 1094, the Priory is set on the confluence between the Rivers Avon and Stour, and has a long-standing choral tradition, as well as being a place of prayer and worship. Visit christchurchpriory.org.
Highcliffe (on Sea): Highcliffe really does have it all, ranging from award winning beaches and superb views as well as vibrant nature reserves and just a five minute drive from New Forest. There is also a rich variety of restaurants, cafes and pubs. Visit highcliffedorset.co.uk.
Highcliffe Castle: Since 1977, Highcliffe Castle has been a popular tourist attraction as people have enjoyed viewing the Grade 1 listed building built in 1836. The Castle is also of the most popular wedding venues in both Dorset and Hampshire. Visit highcliffecastle.co.uk.
Highcliffe Sailing Club: Ideal for all abilities and ambitions, HSC is a family oriented club that offers both sheltered and open water sailing based on the Mudeford Quay. Visit highcliffesailing.org.uk.
Kingston Lacy: A true art lovers paradise. Designed to resemble an Italian Palace, Kingston Lacy includes works of art by Rubens, Van Dyck, Titian and Brueghal, as well as the most complete Egyptian room in the country and a Japanese Garden based within the 8500 acre estate. Visit nationaltrust.org.uk.
Mudeford Ferry: Operating every 15 minutes during British Summer Time, the ferry takes passengers between Mudeford Quay and Mudeford Sandbank, with fantastic views of Christchurch Harbour. Visit mudefordferry.co.uk.
Russell-Coates Art Gallery and Museum: A purpose built art gallery and now a Grade II listed building, the building was first built in 1901 as the private residence of a Victorian collector and today exhibits collections of artefacts, furnishings, sculptures and paintings. The building architecture is particularly well known for its Moorish, Japanese and Victorian styles set alongside contemporary Victorian. Visit russell-cotes.bournemouth.gov.uk.