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Christchurch Quay

Christchurch Quay by Place Mill

Type: Country Park/Nature Reserve

Christchurch Quay is a popular attraction for all the family and it received a Green Flag Award in 2012 and 2013. It was also winner of the South and South East England in Bloom- Small Park of the Year 2012 - Gold Award. It lies in the upper reaches of the harbour on the northern banks of the River Stour.

Christchurch Quay comprises two main areas;The Quomps and Town Quay.

The Quomps is a flat, open, grassed area containing a new Splashpark and children's play area. Mayors Mead Car Park is situated at the western end of the Quomps.

Christchurch Quay is a more enclosed, grassed area with adjacent car parking. Place Mill, dating from 1100AD is open to the public from Easter to September and is now an Art Gallery with Resident Artist Cherie Wheatcroft. The mill, which straddles the millstream at the Quay is a Grade II listed building and important heritage site,. Café/ restaurants can be found at the Boat House and Old Mill Tea Rooms. During the summer months the Victorian bandstand holds concerts of brass, orchestral and light music. Boats are available for hire and there is also a ferry service to the opposite bank of the river at Wick. Novelty golf and a wishing well are also found on the Quay.

A pleasant riverside promenade runs the length of the site from the Quay to Wick Ferry and the slipway for public use.

Opening Times

2015 Opening (1 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2015)

Contact Details

BH23 1BU

Tel: +44 01202 471780

Fax: +44 01202 476816


Key Features

  • In town/city centre
  • Outdoor Attraction


  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Parking & Transport

  • Coach Parking
  • Parking (charge)

Establishment Features

  • Open all year
  • Tea / Coffee Shop

Road Directions

From A35 follow the signs to historic Christchurch.

Public Transport Directions

Bus: Wilts and Dorset and Yellow Buses operate a frequent service to and from Christchurch High Street
Rail: 5 mins walk from Christchurch Rail Station
Air: 15mins car journey from Bournemouth Airport