A Holy site since the middle ages, Christchurch is dominated by its priory. The present building goes back over 900 years and is set in landscaped gardens at the point where the two rivers that run either side of the town converge. The two rivers are themselves an attraction especially for fishermen, the Dorset Stour where the longstanding record British roach was caught and the Hampshire Avon home to the Royalty Fishery and some of the finest Barbel fishing in the country.

Monday is market day and a great day to visit the town. The High Street is closed to traffic which is filled with street vendors. Look out also for Farmers markets and French markets which are a regular feature in the town and advertised locally

The town is well situated for access to some of Bournemouths better beaches at the Hengisbury Head end of the Beach as well as its own Beaches at Highcliffe. The newly created National Park the New Forest is also only a short drive from the towns eastern border with its hiking trails, cycle routes and of course horse riding.