Christchurch is a borough and town in Dorset on the English Channel coast. Historically in Hampshire, Christchurch is the most easterly borough in Dorset, and has a number of great tourist attractions.
Amongst which is Christchurch Harbour, a large protected salt marsh that is protected by a sandbar known as the Christchurch sandbank. Here you will find a fine beach on both sides of a walkway lined with beach huts and also a special site for sand martins, which nest in the cliffs.
Christchurch Priory, situated on the shores of the harbour, lies close to a mill of Saxon origin as well as a medieval bridge leading to Christchurch Marina. As a whole this area is a treasure trove of historic sights, as well as a high level of beauty. Also nearby is Christchurch Castle, a Norman castle now part of ancient ruins, which form the priory gardens to the Town Bridge.
Christchurch Priory Church, Quay Road, Christchurch BH23 1BU (01202) 488645
Christchurch Priory Church has been a place of pilgrimage and worship since around 800 AD.
Contained in the church and built over the Lady Chapel is St Michael’s Loft Museum; an area opened in 1981 and containing items from the Saxon era, various prints and paintings.
The Museum of Electricity, The Old Power Station, Christchurch BH23 1QE (01202) 480467
This Old Power Station was built in 1903 and now houses a large collection of electrical artefacts.
Exhibitions include a fully-restored Bournemouth Tramcar, electricity service vehicles (including the Sinclair C5) and various appliances from the 19th and 20th Centuries.