Christchurch Priory Church, Christchurch

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. Plan to visit Christchurch Priory Church and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Christchurch attractions using our Christchurch tour planning app .
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  • We enjoyed our visit - the History is just incredible. The trip to the tower although difficult was well worth it and the views amazing  more »
  • 176 spiral steps to the top. Terrific birds eye view of Chistchurch. Friendly and knowledgable volunteers  more »
  • The Priory is very old with lots of interesting features. There is parking near by which has to be paid for. Nearby is the old castle and Christchurch Quay.  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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