You'll find the charming town of Christchurch located where the rivers Stour and Avon meet. Although a quiet and idyllic place with its own natural harbour, it's practically next door to Bournemouth, which prides itself on having a buzzing nightlife and excellent shopping facilities. With architecture from Tudor and Victorian times right through to modern day, Christchurch makes a fabulous base from which to explore the delights of Dorset. There's plenty of accommodation available, from beachside B&Bs and unassuming guesthouses to business stop-overs and country lodges.
A Long Past and Modern Accommodation: Hotels in Christchurch
Christchurch can trace its roots as far back as the 7th Century, when it was initially founded by missionaries. In the 9th Century it became a fort in response to the threat posed by Vikings who were set on ransacking Salisbury, further up the River Stour. Today, Christchurch attracts over1.5million visitors each year, who come for the many attractions, festivals and the superb dining.
Days Out in Dorset
When it comes to things to see and do, Christchurch has more than its fair share. As a town, there are plenty of picturesque parts to explore, such as the Convent Walk, Constable's House and the 11th century Christchurch Priory. Most Christchurch hotels are within easy reach of an attraction or two; the Grosvenor Lodge Guest House is less than 10 minutes from the Kingston Great Common National Nature Reserve.
A Family-Friendly Destination
Those travelling with children will find days out an easy ask: Adventure Wonderland is nearby and packed with rides and entertainment, while older children might prefer to get to grips with the imposing elegance of Highcliffe Castle. There are many family-friendly hotels in the town such as the The Fisherman's Haunt, making access to attractions that much easier. In addition, there are a number of hotels, such as The Kings hotel, which are licensed wedding venues, should you be considering tying the knot in one of the United Kingdom's most beautiful towns. As a side note, Christchurch experiences less than half of the yearly rainfall incurred by the rest of the country, making it a great place to get married!
With a blossoming restaurant scene and some superb Dorset hotels, Christchurch is a superb destination, whether you're looking for some family time or are simply stopping over for a business conference.