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Welcome to Christchurch

Welcome to Christchurch in Dorset - the official UK website for Christchurch, Highcliffe, Mudeford, Hurn and Burton.

Christchurch's unique location at the confluence of the rivers Stour and Avon and on the shores of its own spectacular natural harbour makes it the perfect destination to relax and unwind.  Close to the magnificent Dorset World Heritage Coast and the tranquil New Forest National Park, Christchurch is only a short drive from  Bournemouth and Poole.

The diverse mix of fascinating heritage, beautiful coastline and countryside and wide variety of attractions provides all the ingredients to make your holiday, short break or business trip extra special.

With a great range of quality assessed holiday accommodation, fantastic places to eat and drink, a wealth of things to see and do plus a wide variety of festivals and events, there's something to suit everyone whatever the time of year.

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Highcliffe Christmas Festival

Highcliffe Christmas Festival

12 December 2015


The theme of this year's carnival is 'Christmas Movies' and the carnival...

Santa and the reindeer arrive at Peeks Partystore

Christchurch Christmas Festival & Switch-on

Saturday 28 November 2015 10am -7pm
This year’s Christchurch Christmas Festival takes place on...

Explore Christchurch

  • Place Mill

    Place Mill

    Location: Christchurch

    A carefully restored Anglo-Saxon watermill, now an Art Gallery, only a few minutes' walk from the...

  • Mudeford Quay

    Mudeford Quay

    Location: MUDEFORD

    Mudeford Quay is situated at the entrance to Christchurch Harbour and provides spectacular views...

  • Christchurch Harbour

    Christchurch Harbour

    Location: Mudeford

    Christchurch Harbour was formed about 7,000 years ago when the sea level rose at the end of the Ice...

  • Christchurch Quay

    Christchurch Quay by Place Mill

    Location: Christchurch

    Christchurch Quay is a popular attraction for all the family. It lies in the upper reaches of the...

  • Christchurch Castle Ruins

    Christchurch Castle Ruins

    Location: Christchurch

    Christchurch Castle was built in the late 11thC to protect the town's and river access to the...

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