Christchurch

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Tonight - Partly Cloudy
Minimum: 7C, Wind Direction: North Westerly
Wind: Good 27mph, Pressure: 1012mb, Sunset: 20:03 BST
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Tuesday - Sunny Intervals
Maximum: 13C, Minimum: 4C
Wind: 18mph North Westerly, Visibility: Good, Pollution: Moderate, Sunrise: 06:10 BST, Sunset: 20:05 BST
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Wednesday - Light Rain Showers
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Mon 15 AprHigh Tide02:081.42m
Mon 15 AprLow Tide09:350.67m
Mon 15 AprHigh Tide17:531.49m
Mon 15 AprLow Tide21:560.97m
Tue 16 AprHigh Tide05:561.45m
Tue 16 AprLow Tide10:440.73m
Tue 16 AprHigh Tide18:511.53m
Tue 16 AprLow Tide23:371.04m
Wed 17 AprHigh Tide06:331.44m
Wed 17 AprLow Tide12:510.71m
Wed 17 AprHigh Tide20:031.55m
Thu 18 AprLow Tide01:280.94m
Thu 18 AprHigh Tide06:561.44m
Thu 18 AprLow Tide13:530.63m
Thu 18 AprHigh Tide21:221.59m
Fri 19 AprLow Tide02:190.81m
Fri 19 AprHigh Tide07:251.46m
Fri 19 AprLow Tide14:380.58m
Fri 19 AprHigh Tide20:181.54m
Sat 20 AprLow Tide03:030.69m
Sat 20 AprHigh Tide07:591.49m
Sat 20 AprLow Tide15:180.56m
Sat 20 AprHigh Tide20:371.59m
Sun 21 AprLow Tide03:430.6m
Sun 21 AprHigh Tide08:341.54m
Sun 21 AprLow Tide15:540.58m
Sun 21 AprHigh Tide21:051.66m
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Information
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)
30/03/2017 @ 12:30 am
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 @ 8:03 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 (9)
16/08/2023 @ 8:41 am
Boathouse Restaurant by Ken Hickling
We had a great dinner here with just a two minute walk from the Sailing club where we were moored. Very popular destination, so advisable to book.
16/08/2023 @ 8:38 am
Elkins Boat Yard Marina by Ken Hickling
12/8/23: Visited Christchurch bay and called up for a mooring. They are not open at the weekend. So we were unable to get a berth for the night there.
16/08/2023 @ 8:35 am
Willow Way Marina by Ken Hickling
12/8/23: Visited Christchurch bay and called up for a mooring. Perfectly pleasant person answered the phone, but they don't do temporary moorings/ berths.
11/08/2022 @ 5:06 pm
PRC Streamline Taxis by L Tucker
PRC Streamline Taxis
Professional, reliable and very friendly drivers. I would recommend to anyone staying in Poole (where we recently stayed). A text message was sent to you prior to arrival confirming the taxi's details and you could also track the driver's journey on route.
10/09/2020 @ 5:15 pm
Strides Moorings by Tony Clark
Great family friendly run boatyard- brilliant atmosphere,with helpful workshop facilities. In an absolutely magical location -teeming with wildlfe and tranquility.
Reasonable mooring fees and good old fashioned service and helpful advice. Best marina in Christchurch!
19/06/2018 @ 11:16 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
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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Details & Reviews (1)Cliff House Hotel
Accommodation
Proprietor Andrew Gosling purchased Cliff House Hotel in November 2013, as a natural progression to his hugely successful London based catering and events company, Food Show Ltd. With over 28 years of expertise in creating spectacular food and inspired events, Andrew is focused on quality, provenance and superior service, driven to create excellent modern menus and dining experiences. Under Andrew’s direction, Food Show have delivered prestigious events for British Airways, The Canadian High Commission Olympic Committee, Bank of New York and The Thames Jubilee Festival to name but a few.
As of Autumn 2015, Food Show has become the sole caterer for Lambeth Palace. And in April 2016, Food Show has become the preferred supplier for The Banqueting House and the Tower of London.

Address: Cliff House Hotel, Thirteen Belle Vue Road, Southbourne, Dorset, BH6 3DA

Phone: 01202 424 701 - Email - Website - Map
Details & Reviews (0)Strides Moorings
Boat Moorings, Visitor Moorings
Strides Moorings
We are a local small Family run business who let Moorings located in Christchurch Harbour, Dorset UK. Now run by the 4th Generation of the Stride Family to do so.
OUR MOORINGS ARE SWINGING MOORINGS Ideal for boats from 12ft to 30ft with a draft of 3ft and under.

Address: Strides Moorings Christchurch, Christchurch Harbour, Christchurch

Phone: 01425 540071 - Email - Website - Mobile: 07545 499666 or 07545 828780 - Map
Details & Reviews (1)Strides Moorings
Boat Moorings, Visitor Moorings
Strides Moorings
We are a local small Family run business who let Moorings located in Christchurch Harbour, Dorset UK. Now run by the 4th Generation of the Stride Family to do so.
OUR MOORINGS ARE SWINGING MOORINGS Ideal for boats from 12ft to 30ft with a draft of 3ft and under.

Address: Strides Moorings, Christchurch Harbour, Christchurch

Phone: 01425 540071 - Email - Website - Mobile: 07545 499666 - Map
Details & Reviews (1)Cliff House Hotel
Restaurants
Open both to residents and non-residents, our bar and lounge has a warm and gently bustling atmosphere and serves food all day.* The food itself is reason enough to visit our destination boutique hotel, ingredients are high quality, sustainably sourced, fresh and seasonal, with a real emphasis on our ability to be able to trace their provenance from farm to plate. Our chefs are passionate and skilled innovators, who pride themselves on their fresh and elegant dishes.

Address: Cliff House Hotel, Thirteen Belle Vue Road, Southbourne, Dorset, BH6 3DA

Phone: 01202 424 701 - Email - Website - Map
Details & Reviews (1)Elkins Boat Yard Marina
Boat Moorings, Boat Storage, Boatyard, Dry Berthing, Marinas, Visitor Moorings
Elkins Boat Yard Marina
We are a friendly family run business for all types of vessels from 18ft to 42ft.The boatyard has been established for over 45 years and is in a stunning, iddillic location on the river Avon.It is within easy walking distance of the Saxon town of Christchurch, Dorset.
Our normal opening hours are 8:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday - Friday

Address: Elkins Boat Yard Marina, 18 Convent Meadows, The Quay, Christchurch, BH231BD

Phone: 01202 483141 - Email - Website - Map
Details & Reviews (1)PRC Streamline Taxis
Taxi
PRC Streamline Taxis
Our drivers are quality checked and and we are an approved supplier for Social Services contracts. All our drivers are BTEC/NVQ2 qualified in transporting passengers by taxi and private hire vehicles.
All Hackney Carriage and Private Hire vehicles in the area operate off a ‘metered tariff’. The charges are set by Bournemouth and Poole Borough Councils and are reviewed each year.

Address: PRC Streamline Taxis, 13 The Triangle, Bournemouth, BH25RY

Phone: 01202 373737 - Email - Website - Map
Details & Reviews (1)Captains Club Hotel & Spa
Accommodation, Bars & Inns, Private Functions, Health & Beauty, Wifi
Captains Club Hotel & Spa
You may call us a 4 star boutique hotel in Christchurch with breathtaking views overlooking the River Stour, or a luxury retreat hidden away in the heart of Dorset. However, the quirky contemporary style of our hotel, built from the ground upwards to commandeer the true identity of its name might navigate you more towards a nautical escape of relaxation and pure indulgence.
With our 2 AA Rosette restaurant and award-winning bar, a luxurious spa and a wonderful collection of stylish rooms set for weddings, business and leisure, we think you’re really going to love it. And with our luxury yacht moored up outside with additional moorings so guests can pitch up on theirs too, this really is the ‘pearl in the oyster’ of Dorset waiting to be discovered.
Whether you arrive on water or wheels, with family, friends or both, to be joined in matrimony or to indulge in a relaxing night’s sleep with good food and a spa break in-between, everyone can expect to discover a revitalising dose of the unexpected at Captain’s Club Hotel.

Address: Captains Club Hotel & Spa, Wick Ferry, Wick Lane, Christchurch, BH231HU

Phone: 01202 475111 - Website - Map
Details & Reviews (1)Willow Way Marina
Boat Moorings, Marinas
Willow Way Marina is a quiet and natural marina located on the tranquil River Stour in the heart of Christchurch. We are just 20 minutes from the sea via Christchurch Harbour and a 10 minute walk from Christchurch town centre. We have 58 walk on moorings, many with shore power and water. We have a car park, toilets and showers, CCTV and access control. We also offer winter storage for boats on hard standing. For further details and pricing please contact us.

Address: Willow Way Marina, 13 Willow Way, Christchurch, BH231JJ

Phone: 01202 485859 - Email - Website - Map
Details & Reviews (0)The Jetty Restaurant
Bars & Inns, Cafes, Private Functions, Entertainment, Restaurants, Wifi
The Jetty Restaurant
ulti award-winning restaurant, perched on the water’s edge in the grounds of Christchurch Harbour Hotel & Spa, The Jetty is all about relaxation, great food, chosen from local producers, and an eclectic selection of wines.,br> Alex Aitken, one of the South’s most renowned and respected chefs, heads up the team, and the food is impeccable. With fresh fish caught and landed daily from Mudeford Quay, seafood including local oysters, lobster and shrimps, taste the region’s finest flavours against the backdrop of spectacular harbour views.
A fantastic place to gather, open a bottle of wine, take in the breathtaking setting and choose something from the delicious menu, The Jetty has received both local and national acclaim. Described by the Sunday Telegraph as “both sophisticated and fun, the food is excellent yet approachable and the setting is magical.”
From being awarded the ‘Taste of the South West’ accolade at the South West Tourism Awards, to TV personality and Chef, Nadia Swahala, selecting The Jetty as her “favourite restaurant in the world”, the restaurant has been acknowledged for its exceptional dining experience.
Whether it’s sipping wine on the alfresco terrace, as you enjoy a selection of Jetty bites, or dining from one of the popular four course ad-hoc menus, The Jetty is very much an all-day bar and restaurant.

Address: The Jetty Restaurant, Christchurch Harbour Hotel & Spa, 95 Mudeford, Christchurch, BH233NT

Phone: 01202 400950 - Email - Website - Map
Details & Reviews (1)Captains Club Hotel & Spa
Restaurants
Captains Club Hotel & Spa
Our corner of Dorset is a foodie paradise, however an experience in Captain's Club award-winning bar and restaurant is something truly special.
Cosy sofas in secluded corners; comfy chairs and tables take centre stage next to the vibrant waterfall feature; seats on the Tanqueray Ten Terrace during the summer months, and stylish bar stools propping up our famous cocktail bar. With stunning views of our waterside setting, this is the perfect place to drop anchor on any occasion. Meet friends for morning coffee, enjoy a bite to eat with colleagues at lunch, or spoil yourself over an indulgent evening dinner.

Address: Captains Club Hotel & Spa, Wick Ferry, Wick Lane, Christchurch, BH231HU

Phone: 01202 475111 - Email - Website - Map
Details & Reviews (1)Boathouse Restaurant
Restaurants
With panoramic views of the quay, Boathouse has the most unique location in Christchurch. Extensive outdoor and indoor seating and our own crazy golf course, the Boathouse is the ideal place for the whole family.
Eat alfresco or relax indoors and enjoy breakfast, coffee, lunch, afternoon tea and cake, dinner, delicious pizza, a glass of wine and watch as the world passes by.
he Boathouse Cafe and Restaurant is uniquely positioned in a superb location overlooking Christchurch Quay. Situated in an idyllic setting on the banks of the River Stour, the Boathouse is just two minutes’ walk from Christchurch Priory and Christchurch town centre.

Address: Quay Road, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 1BU

Phone: 01202 480033 Fax: 01202 480077 - Email - Website - Map
Details & Reviews (0)Elford Marine Services
Antifouling, Boat Builders & Repairs, Boat Cleaning, Boat Sales-Power, Boat Valeting, Marine Electricians, Marine Electronic Equipment, Marine Electronics, Marine Engine Sales, Marine Engineers, Marine Fabrications, Marine Installations, Insurance Repairs, Welding, Yacht Agents & Brokers, Yacht Brokers
Elford Marine Services
Elford Marine Services has more than 20 years of experience providing efficient and reliable marine engineering work. You can make use of our services in Christchurch or Dorset.
Ensure that your boat is shipshape during the summer. For exceptional marine services in Christchurch and Dorset, get in touch with Elford Marine Services. We also provide boat refits and restoration as well as boat repair and cleaning.

Address: Elford Marine Services, Fairfield Works, Fairfield, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 1QX

Phone: 01202 468 816 - Email - Website - Mobile: 07802 297 547 - Map
Details & Reviews (0)Power Afloat Ltd
Antifouling, Honda Marine, Marine Breakdown, Marine Electricians, Marine Electronics, Marine Engine Sales, Marine Engineers, Marine Fabrications, Marine Installations, Insurance Repairs, Masts & Rigging, Suzuki Marine, Volvo Penta, Welding
Power Afloat Ltd
Marine Engineers & Refurbishment Specialists
Power Afloat Ltd was established in 2000 as an authorised service and sales workshop for Volvo, Honda, Suzuki, Nanni and Ring, in association with SAL Marine Ltd in Lymington and Marine Aid Ltd, also based in Christchurch.
Power Afloat Ltd can supply all the marine engineering needs for the discerning boater which include; engine sales, service spares and repairs. We can carry out full engine overhauls, re-builds, new installations and also supply new and re-conditioned units. We also stock various re-conditioned units and some new outboard units.
We can carry out all types of electrical and electronic installations and repairs and we have the specialist equipment to diagnose, service and repair all computerised engines from Honda, Volvo and Suzuki. Our staff are fully trained by the relevant manufacturers in all aspects of marine engine and transmission repairs and servicing.
SAL Marine Ltd and Marine Aid Ltd are the sister companies to Power Afloat Ltd and between the three, can cover every aspect of marine repairs required from; stainless steel fabrications to grp repairs, rigging, to antifouling and, obviously, all marine engineering applications.

Address: Elkins Boatyard, The Quay, Christchurch, BH23 1BD

Phone: 01202 489555 Fax: 01202 489666 - Email - Website - Mobile: 07971 141622 - Map
Details & Reviews (0)Elkins Boat Yard
Antifouling, Boatyard, Grp Repairs/Maintenance, Insurance Repairs, Marine Engineers, Marine Fabrications, Marine Installations, Marine Rigging, Masts & Rigging, Welding
Elkins Boat Yard
We are a friendly family run business for all types of vessels from 18ft to 42ft.The boatyard has been established for over 45 years and is in a stunning, iddillic location on the river Avon.It is within easy walking distance of the Saxon town of Christchurch, Dorset.
Our normal opening hours are 8:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday - Friday

Address: Elkins Boat Yard, 18 Convent Meadows, The Quay, Christchurch, BH231BD

Phone: 01202 483141 - Email - Website - Map
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