Christchurch is a very popular place to live for many reasons and is why property prices are slightly above average.
Located on the Dorset coast, Christchurch has lots to offer for young families and retirees.
With two rivers, pretty side streets with all types of house design from Tudor to Victorian and lots to see and do, a move to Christchurch will not disappoint. House buyers will find a great range of house styles in Christchurch and the neighbouring areas of Burton, Bransgore, Southbourne and Boscombe.
Christchurch offers seaside and countryside, an historic town centre and a lively harbour, as well as excellent eateries, good schools, and convenient commuter links. With a choice of award-winning beaches, coastal nature reserves, heritage attractions and street markets and events, there is always plenty to do in Christchurch
Local Beaches & Rivers
There are pristine beaches to visit in Christchurch, from Hengistbury Head to Mudeford, Avon Beach and Highcliffe where it turns to shingle onwards to Barton on Sea.
The River Avon and River Stour end in Christchurch where Christchurch Harbour leads out to sea. Enjoy crabbing at Mudeford Quay, strolling along the Quomps in the town centre or hire a river boat for a leisurely excursion. You can also enjoy a river trip on the quaint ferry from Tuckton Tea Gardens or Wick Ferry outside the stunning Captains Club Hotel and Spa.
Highcliffe Castle is owned and operated by BCP Council. It was built between 1831 and 1835 by Charles Stuart, 1st Baron Stuart de Rothesay. It was significantly damaged by fire the 1960’s and after much legal disputes purchased by Christchurch Council (now BCP). The castle has been restored after and benefitted from Heritage Lottery funding. It is now a popular tourist destination, venue for weddings and popular choice for a host of private functions.
Schools in Christchurch
With over 20 schools in the local area, the most recent to be classed as good and outstanding include; Twynham School, Highcliffe School, Sopley Primary, Somerford Primary, Burton Church of England and Highcliffe St Mark Primary.
Christchurch Priory & Castle Ruins
The Priory is one of the few monastery churches to have survived Henry VIII’s rule and is reputed to be the longest church in England. The current building of Christchurch Priory was built in the 11th century, although the medieval roof still exists and is visible above the newer one.
Its magnificent tower with leaping salmon weathervane is a significant landmark visible for miles around the area.
Steeped in history there is lots to learn, and if you fancy a challenge take a Tower Tour and climb the 176 steps up to enjoy panoramic views of the town and harbour.
Nearby Christchurch Castle was built in the late 11th Century to protect the towns and river access to the interior of Wessex. The earliest stonework has been dated to 1160. It is a Norman motte and bailey castle on a site inside the old Saxon burh dominating the River Avon’s lowest crossing. Christchurch Castle and Norman House are under the custodianship of English Heritage.
Museum and Regent Centre (Theatre/Cinema)
The Red House Museum and Gardens is a museum of local history. Located between the High Street and the Quay, this charming red-brick Georgian building was constructed in 1764 as the parish workhouse.
In the heart of the High Street lies the Regent Centre, a thriving hub in a restored 1930s art deco cinema. With a good calendar of events, you can see the latest films, live theatre, opera, concerts, and dance.
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