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Christchurch Priory Church, Christchurch

(4.6/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web)
Christchurch Priory Church has been described as "the least appreciated of the Great Churches of England." It is the longest parish church in the country and is larger than 21 English Anglican cathedrals. Admire the architecture, which dates back to Norman times, or attend one of a range of services, many with choirs performing. Enjoy the peace and quiet, light a candle, take a tour, listen to a lecture, or attend one of the various concerts and festivals. Check for events on the website in advance. A visit to Christchurch Priory Church represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Christchurch holiday planner to plot your vacation.
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  • The church itself is well worth the visit and the history around it. The grounds, graveyard and stream running to the sea make it a special place. Christchurch town is a good place to explore encompas...  more »
  • Over 900 years of history from Norman beginnings to present day. One of only 18 churches in the country to receive 5 stars in the book ' The best 1000 churches in U.K.' The man who started The Priory,...  more »
  • Concerts are truly worth going to. So fitting for the priory. The coffee shop and bookshop are good value and the staff are most helpful. 
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  • If you're into architecture or art history, this is a wonderful church to look at. Part of it was built in the 11th century, but over the years it has been added to with Gothic arches and flying buttresses, so it makes for a fascinating walk around. It has beautiful stained glass windows from Victorian times, and I also loved the old story of the mysterious carpenter and the beam. If you're in Christchurch for an afternoon, I can recommend a 30-60 minute walk around this great building. (Also, it's free to enter: Bonus!)
  • An interesting old building set in a picturesque location. Well worth a visit if touring the local area.
  • A lovely old building with tremendous character. No charge to enter, though donations welcome and tours, tower and museum do cost. Friendly staff, nice cafe and shop.
  • I'm not a architecture fan however this was a nice visit. We often come to feed the ducks on the stream behind the church.
  • Beautiful ancient priory church with lots of history and things to see inside. Near the Quay, riverside walks, ruined castle, town centre shops and restaurants.