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Christchurch Town in Dorset

Photograph of Christchurch

Location

The town of Christchurch lies in east Dorset just to the east of Bournemouth and is an excellent base from which to explore East Dorset, the Isle of Purbeck as well as the New Forest, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Formerly part of Hampshire, it became part of Dorset when local government boundaries changed in 1974. Christchurch currently has a population of about 48,000, making it the 4th largest town in the county.

The town was originally called Twynham and was founded in the 7th century at the junction of the River Avon and River Stour. Twynham became an important port for trade and defensive fortifications were constructed in the 9th century. After a Priory was built here in 1094, the town became known as Christchurch.

Further defences were added in the 12th century with the construction of a castle which was destroyed by the Parliamentarian Army during the English Civil War. During the 18th and 19th centuries smuggling flourished in Christchurch and became one of the town's most lucrative industries.

The town was heavily fortified during Second World War as a precaution against an expected invasion and in 1940 an Airspeed factory was established on the town's airfield which manufactured aircraft for the Royal Air Force.

Today Christchurch is a popular tourist destination. It attracts over a million visitors each year. Bournemouth International Airport, lies nearby at Hurn and supports a large number of associated aerospace and engineering businesses.

Like Bournemouth, Christchurch is a popular destination for retirees and has one of the oldest populations in the country with 30 per cent of residents aged over 65.

Tourist Information

The nearest source of local information is available from Christchurch Tourist Information Centre.

Events near Christchurch

Sat, 24 - Sun, 25 Feb (ca. 14 km)

Lighthouse Holistic Festival: Dorset's Health and Well-Being Show

Sat, 17 Mar (ca. 12 km)

Preparing for Spring with Neil Lucas

Sat, 24 Mar (ca. 12 km)

Willow Workshop - Plant climbers with Tracy Standish

Sat, 31 (ca. 12 km)

Bugs and Buds

Thu, 26 Apr (ca. 12 km)

Bat walk with Jan Freeborn

Sat, 28 Apr (ca. 12 km)

Bugs and Buds

Sat, 28 Apr (ca. 12 km)

Music in the Garden with Gerauschhersteller

Fri, 4 May (ca. 12 km)

Knoll Gardens Foundation Volunteer Recruitment Open Day

Sat, 26 May (ca. 12 km)

Bugs and Buds

Fri, 1 Jun (ca. 12 km)

We value our Volunteers

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Dining out near Christchurch

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Cheese & Alfies, Christchurch

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Tides Restaurant, Christchurch

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L'Assiette, Bournemouth

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the jetty, Christchurch

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Nando, Bournemouth

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Similan Thai, Christchurch

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Kayla Brasserie, Bournemouth

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Ask, Bournemouth, Bournemouth

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Korean Grill, Bournemouth

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Ciao Restaurant, Bournemouth

Local Accommodation

Cottages

Cottage Holidays

There is a great choice of cottages for rent in the local area. Take a look at the beautiful cottages in Christchurch, Bournemouth, Ferndown and Sandbanks.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks

Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:

arrowChristchurch

arrowWimborne

arrowPoole

arrowSwanage

Hotels

Hotels

Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:

	arrowChristchurch

	arrowBournemouth

	arrowFerndown

	arrowWimborne

Caravans

Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in Christchurch, Wimborne, Swanage and Poole.

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