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Christchurch Priory Church, Christchurch

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Religious Site
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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  • Nice to walk around but not much to see. The walk around the church is far more interesting. Not somewhere you will spend much time.  more »
  • Although we weren't able to go inside the church as services were underway on Sunday morning, it is a very impressive construction and has some attractive gardens to wander round at the front and back...  more »
  • We would recommend the Abbey to everyone both young and old. Very helpful guides and handouts. A building that has been loved over the centuries and continues to be.  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.