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Things to do in Christchurch

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Café
“Great stop along the river for a coffee, drink, lite bite or fuller bite. Open for breakfast, this place gives a lovely view of the river. Cosy log fire in the winter and both indoor and outdoor seating available.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Church
“Christchurch's parish church is over 900 years old and offers glorious architecture, regular musical concerts and a lovely place to find peace.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Café
“A picturesque Grade 1 castle in beautiful grounds. You can enter inside (it usually has family friendly activities) or sit in the garden and enjoy a picnic after a walk there through Steamer Point. There is also a cafe for food and drink and a zig zag access path down onto the beach. ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Café
“Family friendly spot for food and/or drinks. Good food with bar services, games and also dog friendly. We love this for a casual evening out!”
  • 18 locals recommend
Sublocality
“Another lovely beach spot - perfect for crabbing with the kids, ice creams and water sports”
  • 11 locals recommend
Bar
“Another fine dining option right on the water. Amazing choice of seafood and wines”
  • 18 locals recommend
Nature
“Grade 1 listed Mansion situated on the cliff top with spectacular views across the Solent to the Isle of White”
  • 8 locals recommend
Hotel
“If you are looking for something a little more upmarket this is the place to go. Children friendly too but a lovely spot on the river for just a drink, light bite or a fuller feed. Great atmosphere in the evening and very cosy in the winter with a log fire, live music and a great atmosphere. If you would like a little pamper while you are here you can book time in the spa which also offers treatments - perfect for a little R&R.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Lovely food right on the beach on Avon Beach. Pop in for cake or a full meal!”
  • 14 locals recommend
Beach
“A mix of sand and stone. There is a cafe, restaurant, toilets and beach shop. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Nature
“A stroll along the beach. Cafe, The Haven pub where you can get a pint of prawns. Fresh fish stall. Or jump on the Ferry that takes you over to Hengistbury head. Or take the land train Where you can enjoy a icecream in the beautiful gardens.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Bus Stop
“Southbourne highstreet is full of lovely restaurants and bars for all your eating and drinking needs. I would particularly recommend the Way Outback Brewery if you like your craft ale. It brews its on ale on site as well as hosting many other good tipples. Larder house does the best Sunday roast, but make sure you book to avoid disappointment! ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Sour dough pizzas. A good atmosphere in the restaurant or they do a takeaway service. www.baffipizza.com”
  • 6 locals recommend
Café
“Just across the river from us, nice walk, lovely garden, boat hire, crazy golf. Catch Ferry from here to Christchurch or Mudeford.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Cinema
“A lovely, old cinema, virtually on your doorstep, that has a very varied play list - sometimes the latest releases, sometimes an old favourite. Well worth investigating.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Pub
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“Nice atmosphere in the Cabin not as busy as the pub. Fresh Fish based part of Restaurant.”
  • 9 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Café
“Great stop along the river for a coffee, drink, lite bite or fuller bite. Open for breakfast, this place gives a lovely view of the river. Cosy log fire in the winter and both indoor and outdoor seating available.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Café
“Family friendly spot for food and/or drinks. Good food with bar services, games and also dog friendly. We love this for a casual evening out!”
  • 18 locals recommend
Bar
“Another fine dining option right on the water. Amazing choice of seafood and wines”
  • 18 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Lovely food right on the beach on Avon Beach. Pop in for cake or a full meal!”
  • 14 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Sour dough pizzas. A good atmosphere in the restaurant or they do a takeaway service. www.baffipizza.com”
  • 6 locals recommend
Pub
“Nice atmosphere in the Cabin not as busy as the pub. Fresh Fish based part of Restaurant.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“The Jetty Restaurant at Mudeford, Fine Dining, excellent food. Lovely views over Mudeford Harbour, Restaurant seating and decking seating. Need to Book gets busy. Really nice for a Special Occasion. Part of Christchurch Harbour Hotel.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A great bar (also has a restaurant) and on Friday nights it does fantastic 2 for £10 cocktails. ”
  • 6 locals recommend

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