Discover the best top things to do in Christchurch, United Kingdom (UK) including Christchurch Priory Church, Mudeford Quay, Highcliffe Beach, Bournemouth Aviation Museum, Christchurch Quay, Avon Beach, Red House Museum & Gardens, Highcliffe Castle, Mudeford Ferry, Snowtrax.
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4.5 based on 735 reviews
This has to be seen if you are visiting Christchurch. You can at the same time visit the Norman House and the Tower. There is parking nearby.
In the Priory is the dramatic memorial to the poet Shelley and his wife, the author of Frankenstein, Mary Shelley.
There is much else of interest and some very helpful volunteer guides
4.5 based on 1 reviews
Mudeford Quay is a small beautiful corner of the Borough of Christchurch in Dorset, England. Situated at the entrance of Christchurch Harbour, Mudeford Quay benefits from spectacular views along the coast, over to the Needles on the Isle of Wight & back to Christchurch town. Mudeford Quay is made up of two areas, the Quay itself and Mudeford Spit, a natural sandbank which leads to Hengisbury Head all the way to Boscombe & Bournemouth. The Quay is a hub of activity with beautiful Beaches, the lush grassed area ideal for picnics and enjoying the beautiful scenery and the Quayside itself which has a small shops, a pub, a fish stall and plenty of vantage points to watch the world go by.
This is my normal beach for dog walking. Quiet out of season, but very popular in season. Attracts loads of tourists with children to go crabbing, with surprisingly good results. Fishermen also enjoy casting off from here. Although I've only seen one land a fish in 6 years. Cafe nearby although a little pricey, Good pub too. Lifeboat station behind cafe. Water sports on harbour that is very safe as quite shallow. Beaches are safe but care must be taken on Quay as if going the wrong side of railings, that many crabbers do. The tide is fast flowing and treacherous. Warning notices in place. The car park is huge and can become full on summer days. There is a children's play area with varied apparatus for playing on.
4.5 based on 264 reviews
Good to park at Highcliffe car park, so when you get back you can use the Cliffhanger Café! Walking down from the car park to the beach you get great views of the isle of wight and the needles. It's about 45 minutes to walk to Mudeford marina.
4.5 based on 222 reviews
Firstly I have to declare an interest and that is that I'm a part time Volunteer "working" at the Museum. Having said that it's excellent and especially great for Children although we get some Senior Citizens coming in from time to time who love talking about the planes and which one(s) they flew.The great bit for the youngsters is that they can sit in some of the cockpits and let their imaginations take over! A recent acquisition is a Jet Provost which is currently getting some overdue TLC! All the aircraft are in the open air so its possibly more of a non raining day activity. We also have a bus and a fire engine! What youngsters don't like fire engines?!!
4.5 based on 124 reviews
Good for walking along the Christchurch Harbour wall, available boat hire, pleasure boats to take people to the mouth of the estuary at Mudeford Quay. The quayside has many activities in the band stand during the summer months, including fairs and classic car shows, nearby is the priory and Christchurch Town Centre, car parking plentiful in the town along with many disabled bays. Disabled must pay unless registered with Christchurch council.
4.5 based on 265 reviews
We had a day here and rented a beach hut. Although beach can be a bit stony it's a great location with shop cafe toilets all here.
4.5 based on 112 reviews
The Red House Museum & Gardens is located in the centre of Christchurch by the Priory. The former Georgian workhouse is now a local history museum which hosts a changing programme of Exhibitions and activities for families and adults. Relax in the aromatic walled Herb Garden featuring herbs and old-fashioned roses, and stroll through the woodland walk in the tranquil South Garden. Facilities include, accessible toilets, cafe, shop as well as venue hire spaces.
I visited here with a friend in July on a miserable rainy day and it was a good call It's small, yet informative and had a nice garden and a small area for coffee etc. You should give it a visit.
4 based on 494 reviews
Whilst regrettably the House was closed for annual repairs, the exterior of the building is very impressive.
Grounds are well maintained and well worth a walk to the cliffs and to take in the sea view.
The garden café is the cleanest I've been in, with most of the fayre locally sourced. I'm not a cake or scone fan, but if you are, then don't eat breakfast or lunch prior to visiting!
Staff are really lovely.. a great outdoor area in front of the café, which no doubt is packed in the summer.
Ample parking and not excessive charges for an average (when house open) say 2 - 3 hour stay.
4.5 based on 67 reviews
WE operate from Mudeford Quay to Mudeford Beach everyday in British Summer Time and winter weekends (weather permitting). Ferry times vary thoughtout the year, however Ferries depart about every 15 minutes. We also operate a Fast RIB for thrill rides. We operate Bird watching trips in the winter inside Christchurch Harbour and Summer Bird trips and the RED ARROWS at the Bournemouth Air Show.
This little ferry runs from the quayside over to the beach huts and cafe on heingest point, at 1.50 per person per trip is great fun and very good value for money. It seems to run about every 15 mins and takes about that to get across, obviously it is weather dependant, it a real fun thing to do, even takes dogs and children!
4 based on 217 reviews
Everyone is welcome at Snowtrax, from those wishing to improve their skiing skills to the outright novice looking for ski or snowboard lessons. You don’t even need to hit the slopes to have a great time, just relax in our Alpine Bar & soak in the scenery.Our family friendly centre is full of exciting activities for the kids. Try riding the Ski Bobs or spinning down the slopes in a Ringo. Your day won’t be complete without a visit to our Alpine Adventure Park, full of trampolines, swings & a huge fort, it couldn’t be more fun!!!Visit us for a unique party experience, bringing an element of excitement and adventure to any birthday party. All activities are carried out under the close supervision of our well qualified staff, leaving you to enjoy the day.So, explore our website and see just how much we have to offer.... see you soon!
I take my granddaughter here for weekend class ski lessons. She has had about 5 lessons each time with a different coach. In my experience, the start of lessons is chaotic with parents running alongside their child down the nursery slopes, or standing at the bottom to ‘catch’ the child. There doesn’t seem to be anyone in charge taking control or meeting & greeting the kids who can go down the slopes until a coach arrives. As a P.E. teacher, this is quite shocking. The standard of tuition varies from little or no feedback to hands on appropriate individual coaching. Needless to say which provides the most progress! Some quality control and advice for coaches to do their job well is needed by management. Having said that, the quality of equipment and facility is good and my granddaughter enjoys her skiing.
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