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Christchurch Priory Church, Christchurch

(4.6/5 based on 600+ 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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  • A charming, welcoming priory with lots to see. The monument to Percy Bysshe Shelley and his wife Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley are a must see. Look out for the story of the wooden beam. Sweet little sho...  more »
  • It is an beautiful Church to visit. Stunning inside. The guides were very informative. Well worth the visit.  more »
  • A great place for a leisurely stroll, walk through the Quomps, and the harbour then past the Priory and on to the High Street for Lunch of a coffee in one of the many restaurants or cafes. There's som...  more »
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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.