When you Google "Christchurch", you'll mostly be met with search results about the town in New Zealand, which by most reports is a lovely place to visit. But the real shame about this is that it means our town of Christchurch, tucked away on the South coast of England, is often overlooked. This is despite how great it is and how much there is to see and do there. We wanted to publish a guide all about visiting Christchurch in Dorset for anyone planning to visit the town in 2023, highlighting the best things to see and do there. Let's get into it:
Where is Christchurch?
We should start by specifying where Christchurch actually is - the town is located in Dorset, on the South coast of England. It's 4 miles to the East of Bournemouth, and it lies at the confluence of the Rivers Stour and Avon. You're about 2 and a half hours away from London by car.
What is there to see in Christchurch?
Red House Museum & Gardens
Steamer Point Nature Reserve
Explore some of the other beaches
Bournemouth beach will get most of the press in terms of the beaches in this part of England, but there are a few other beaches within a reasonable distance of Christchurch which are well worth a look if you've got the time (or the tan accelerator handy). The highlights would be:
Avon beach - this is a great beach for families as you've got a number of amenities as well as a designated bathing area.
Hengistbury Head Beach - this is less of a beach for sunbathing and more of a beach for great long walks, no matter the weather. Plenty of wildlife to spot and excellent if you've got a dog with you.
Mudeford Sandbank - this beach is really interesting to mix as it has some really strange features - because it's technically a peninsula, it has spits of lands which need to be navigated. You'll get great views of the Isle of Wight, and it's a Site of Nature Conservation Interest so is well known as a hot spot for birdwatching.