You'll find Christchurch Priory in the centre of Christchurch, close to the River Stour and just a ten-minute drive from the A338. Although it was started in the 9th Century, the building of the Priory took some considerable time and it now houses examples of architecture throughout the ages, from Norman through to the Tudor era. This is a superb attraction for a number of reasons and you'll find some excellent accommodation nearby, ranging from guesthouses and B&Bs to upmarket hotels.
Misericords and Jazz Bands: B&Bs near Christchurch Priory
While the Priory is fascinating to explore and brimming with details such as misericord seating, four chantries and the legendary 'Miraculous Beam', it also acts as home to the Christchurch Priory Music and Arts Festival. This festival takes place each June and sees the building transformed into a beautiful and atmospheric backdrop against which musicians and artists entertain the crowds. With everything from choral recitals and jazz bands to string quartets and big bands, the festival is incredibly popular, attracting aficionados and musicians from across the country. B&Bs make an excellent choice for those visiting the festival; those such as the Beachside B&B and the Grosvenor Lodge Guest House, are just a stone's throw away, giving you a comfortable base from which to enjoy all that the festival has to offer.
Hotels for Wedding Couples and Guests
Although the Priory might be an ancient building, it still serves as a modern-day church and is a coveted wedding venue. For those tying the knot in these extraordinary surroundings there are plenty of hotels in the area, ranging from mid-range hotels such as the Village Hotel Bournemouth to upmarket accommodation such as the Waters Reach Guest House. Mid-range hotels make great, affordable stop-overs for wedding guests, while the happy couple might like to spend their first married night in something extra-special!
There are many more attractions in the area, such as the stunning Christchurch Harbour, the Castlepoint Shopping Park and the seven miles of golden sands that make up Bournemouth Beach. Whatever your reason for visiting, there's a good selection of hotels and B&Bs, allowing you to get the best from your time away from home.