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Christchurch Priory Church, Christchurch

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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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  • Very interesting church to visitwith longest naive in Southern England, greeted by a very griendly and knowledgeable verger or sidesman., both very friendly and helpful. Pleasant gardens and make sure...  more »
  • This was a real picturesque church with well kept ground.Church bells could be heard all over Christchurch.Well worth a visit  more »
  • We visited the Priory on Saturday with friends from London. What a little treasure it is and so nicely positioned within the town and next to the quay. We were warmly welcomed at the door and given an...  more »
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  • Beautiful old church which for me is the venue for the amazing Bournemouth Bach Choir and their concerts. Always a privilege to hear them and sit amongst these old stones.
  • What a cute town. I'll happily return! The Priory shop is rather wonderful also! I enjoyed a good diversity of services at the Priory and felt welcome. Thank you every blessing.
  • 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!)
  • Traditional choral music and 4 Manuel pipe organ
  • An interesting old building set in a picturesque location. Well worth a visit if touring the local area.

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