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Destination guide

Explore historic Christchurch streets from a holiday cottage

The town of Christchurch dates back to the 7th century, so travellers who enjoy history will find plenty to enjoy here. All sorts of adventurers can find plenty to do as historical sites like Christchurch Priory, the longest Parish Church in the country, are prevalent alongside nature preserves and sandy beaches. There's even a good chance you can find a local cottage that has some historical value in its own right. The more luxurious options will be outfitted with modern amenities like Wi-Fi and high-end appliances in the kitchen.

 
Things to do

Things to do near Christchurch holiday cottages

you explore, such as great locations like Mudeford. This area offers the opportunity for fishing, spending time at the beach and shopping for souvenirs and handcrafted items in quaint markets. You may also want to visit Hengistbury Head, a special site of scientific interest, thanks to its local nature reserve and visitor centre where you can learn all about its history, geology and wildlife in an eco-friendly building. If you like historical buildings, the Norman-styled Christchurch Priory, the town’s namesake, was built back in the 11th century on a site where a church has stood since at least the early ninth century. Additionally, you can venture out into Christchurch Harbour to go fishing, canoeing, sailing, kitesurfing and birdwatching.

Activities

Activities and attractions in Christchurch

Do you want to find attractions to visit while you're in the area? Venture out of your cosy holiday rental and check out everything that Christchurch has to offer. Here are some of the most popular attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Playgolf Bournemouth (2.8 mi / 4.5 km)
  • Littledown Sports Center (3.2 mi / 5.2 km)
  • Altitude High Ropes Adventure (3.3 mi / 5.3 km)
  • Littledown Miniature Railway (3.5 mi / 5.6 km)
  • Bournemouth Adventure Wonderland (3.9 mi / 6.3 km)
  • Queen's Park Golf Course (4.6 mi / 7.4 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Christchurch

Whether you're looking for fun outdoor activities or just want to take in the scenery, Christchurch is a great place to get outside. Here are a few of the area's most eye-catching features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Bournemouth Beach (6.2 mi / 9.9 km)
  • Brownsea Island (10.8 mi / 17.4 km)
  • Red House Museum and Gardens (2.5 mi / 4 km)
  • Avon Beach (2.8 mi / 4.5 km)
  • Kings Park Bowling Green (4.2 mi / 6.8 km)
  • Queens Park (4.6 mi / 7.4 km)
Beaches

Best beaches near Christchurch holiday cottages

Booking holiday cottages in Christchurch will put you in the proximity of several incredible beaches you can enjoy. Fisherman's Walk is especially popular for anglers, as it’s typically less populated than other beaches in the area and has an abundance of fish. Southbourne Beach, on the other hand, is catered to more traditional beach activities with implemented facilities for families and children to relax and play. You can visit Mudeford Beach as well, where you should take notice of the stunning beach huts that add some extra high-end flair to the white, sandy beach and turquoise sea. You may also want to visit Avon Beach, as it features various beach and sports equipment that’s perfect if you’re trying to gamify your beach holiday and hit the surf.

How to get there

Travelling to and around Christchurch

The nearest airport is in Bournemouth (BOH-Bournemouth Intl.), located 3.4 mi (5.4 km) from the city centre. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Southampton (SOU), which is 21.5 mi (34.5 km) away.

If you'd rather travel by train, make your way to Christchurch Hinton Admiral Station or Christchurch Station to see more of the city.

How to get around

Transport to Christchurch holiday homes

Getting to Christchurch holiday homes is fairly simple. Major motorways service the town from surrounding areas like Bournemouth and the New Forest. Additionally, you can take South West Trains to reach Christchurch all the way from London in just about 90 minutes. Once you’ve made it in town, it’s generally small enough to walk or cycle through. Should you want something a bit faster, there are yellow buses that run frequently all across the area.

How many holiday rentals are available around Christchurch?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,139 holiday lettings around Christchurch. From 244 houses to 507 cottages, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Christchurch?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Christchurch. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Mudeford Quay: 1,700 holiday homes
  • Mudeford: 769 holiday homes
  • Highcliffe Castle: 1,859 holiday homes
  • Friars Cliff: 832 holiday homes
  • Burton: 786 holiday homes

HomeAway.co.uk offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Christchurch! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Christchurch?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Christchurch with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Bournemouth: 1,157 holiday lettings
  • Swanage: 849 holiday lettings
  • Poole: 1,012 holiday lettings
  • Lymington: 1,076 holiday lettings
  • Freshwater: 781 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to Christchurch?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of self catering accommodations near to airports. Airports with a large selection of self catering accommodations in Christchurch are:

  • Bournemouth Airport (BOH): 1,634 self catering accommodations
  • Poole (POQ-Poole Bus Station): 1,457 self catering accommodations
  • Ringwood (RNW-Ringwood Bus Station): 1,746 self catering accommodations

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in Christchurch?

HomeAway.co.uk offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in Christchurch. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Mudeford Quay: 1,700 holiday rentals
  • Highcliffe Castle: 1,859 holiday rentals
  • Avon Beach: 1,800 holiday rentals
  • Christchurch Hinton Admiral Station: 1,876 holiday rentals
  • Parley Manor: 1,615 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Christchurch listed on HomeAway.co.uk where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.