Christchurch Castle, Christchurch

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Christchurch Castle is located in Christchurch, Dorset, England. The earliest stonework has been dated to 1160 AD. It is a Norman motte and bailey castle. The castle's site is inside the old Saxon Burh dominating the River Avon's lowest crossing.The Constable's House standing adjacent to the castle was added at around 1160 and is a rare and notable example of a Norman domestic dwelling. Today the bailey is home to a bowling green and gardens, and the ditch has been filled but parts of the keep and much of the constable's house still stand. The site is managed by English Heritage.
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  • A few remains atop a motte. Not a lot to see but makes a few minutes interesting diversion. Don't make a special trip to see it.  more »
  • This ruin really grabs your eye, like it's rising out of the ground and it looks magnificent. There is a set of stairs built into the steep ground to climb up and if you read the plaques located at th...  more »
  • Another gem in Christchurch, and its a free attraction! Interesting to wonder around and reading the information boards gives you the background and history of this castle. Worth looking out for whils...  more »
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  • The actual castle is not much to view rather just remains, however the walk along the river bank around the ruins is very calming and pretty. Knowing the history of the castle prior to visiting will enrich the visit.
  • Nice walks around the castle and harbour, quaint little town.
  • Not much too look at. Great for climbing as on a hill. Near Convent walk by river. A great place to sit. Ducks and swans.
  • It is very pretty little castle site. You can get some pretty views from the motte on certain days. And best of all it's free!
  • Christchurch castle and the Priory are well worth a visit. Would have given 5 stars had the gardens not been overrun with weeds

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