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Dating back to the Iron Age, the historic town of Christchurch sits in an area between the River Avon and River Stour on the Hampshire border. Originally a trading point and safe mooring, the town flourished and became a popular place with visitors. Today the large natural harbour and four square miles of race water in Christchurch Bay make it a favourite destination for the boating and yachting fraternities. There are several sailing clubs in the town, including Highcliffe Sailing Club, which is the nominated training camp for the 2012 Olympics, and excellent facilities for windsurfing and power boating. For those who prefer to enjoy the sea from dry land there are several excellent beaches.

There is, of course, much more to Christchurch than the all-encompassing water. The town itself has an absolute wealth of heritage sites, including the Iron Age fort at Hengistbury Head, the 11th century Priory Church, the (almost modern day by comparison) 14th century Court House and the impressive Georgian Red House. For those with more 21st century preferences there is plenty of quality shopping to be had and a lovely market in the High Street every Monday. There is also a superb choice of excellent restaurants serving everything from freshly caught Seafood to Gourmet cuisine. And, as you would expect from an old seaside town, there are plenty of decent places to enjoy a pint and listen to local tales of smuggling and piracy.

With its long, long history and superb location close to the New Forest on the splendid Dorset coast, visitors to Christchurch has a veritable plethora of things to do. It is also an ideal base from which to explore the many fascinating towns, villages and places of interest within the surrounding area.
Comments (3)
29/03/2017 @ 11:30 pm
Jim
Just stumbled on this guide very useful. Very well layed out thank you regards captain Jim sparrow
30/10/2016 @ 6:18 pm
Steve Mally
Cliff House Hotel. Lovely hotel in an ideal location, close to Christchurch and not far from Poole. Service, rooms, food all excellent! Can highly recommend.
10/06/2016 @ 7:03 pm
Jez and Sue
Great to see you are doing a harbour guide for Christchurch. We love visiting this place when we sail into Lymington. Looking forward to your restaurant and bars section! Will let you know what we think.
Cheers
J&S
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Business Reviews (7)
28/06/2018 @ 10:56 am
Optimum Marine Surveys by John Heale
I recently used the services of Optimum Marine to carry out a survey of my vessel. Oli Byles carried out the survey and I found the service professional, informative and courteous. I would recommend this company. John Heale
19/06/2018 @ 10:16 am
Captains Club Hotel & Spa by Neil and rick
Stayed last week at this hotel in one of the suites, couldn't believe how spacious they are, large kitchen and lounge, 2 double bedrooms 2 bathrooms and superb views, food was great too, five stars. Would definately recommend when visiting Christchurch!!
02/12/2016 @ 8:30 pm
Captains Club Hotel & Spa by Rick Bidulph
Love staying here, great staff, rooms are superb and the location ideal
10 out of 10
01/12/2016 @ 10:08 pm
Rossiter Yachts by Harbourguides Crew
Couldn't agree more. The most welcome reception the Harbourguides Crew could have.
01/12/2016 @ 2:34 pm
Rossiter Yachts by Robert Westend
Finest marina in Christchurch by a mile. We love coming here.
30/10/2016 @ 6:16 pm
Cliff House Hotel by Steve Mally
Lovely hotel in an ideal location, close to Christchurch and not far from Poole. Service, rooms, food all excellent! Can highly recommend.
30/10/2016 @ 6:16 pm
Cliff House Hotel by Steve Mally
Lovely hotel in an ideal location, close to Christchurch and not far from Poole. Service, rooms, food all excellent! Can highly recommend.
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