Destination guide

A round of applause for the great British outdoors

Looking to launch yourself into the British countryside? Then the quaint little town of Christchurch on England's southern coast makes an excellent base. It's home to 2 pretty rivers, a cluster of award-winning beaches, and a charming, boat-filled Quay. It's also a short hop from coastal nature reserves and the wild landscapes and walking trails of the New Forest. If you're looking to soak up some local history, there's a good selection of heritage attractions, including an ancient ruined castle, a historic church, and a 19th-century mansion right in the town center.

Things to do

Dusty off the history books and head back in time

Christchurch vacation rentals are a good bet all around for history buffs. The historic Priory Church lends old-world charm to the attractive, bustling town center. You can take in the amazing coastal views from the clifftop grounds of Highcliffe Castle, an elegant mansion built in the 1830s, which has some pretty snazzy interiors too. And in the center of town is Christchurch Castle, constructed in the late 11th-century inside a Saxon fort. These days it's just a ruin, but if you use your imagination you can picture how it must have looked during the ferocious battles of the Civil War.

Activities

Swimsuits at the ready. It's time to hit the beach!

Perfectly placed to take advantage of both coast and countryside while retaining plenty of old-world charm, Christchurch plays the role of vacation-friendly hideaway to the hilt. What can you do other than wandering the pretty streets and checking out the heritage sites? Well, Christchurch vacation rentals typically have access to no less than 6 beaches! From a shingle beach backed by cliffs to a sweeping bay with a view of the nearby Isle of Wight, there's plenty of British bucket-and-spade action to be had. And in the nearby New Forest National Park, you can go hiking, biking, and horseback riding.

Weather

Sun and sand are close at hand in lively summertime Christchurch

June to August is the high season in Christchurch, when the weather's sunny, but rates are at their highest. It also gets pretty busy, particularly in late July and August, when school is out. Prices drop from mid-September onwards, and the weather is still decent until November, when it turns cold and rainy well into February. Winter is the time of year to hole up in cozy Christchurch vacation rentals and visit Christmas fairs and markets. From March and April, spring brings an array of life and color. Prices aren't at their peak yet, but the mild weather means it's a great time to walk along the coast.

Natural features

Sweeping coastline meets gentle hills and bristling forest

The town of Christchurch has plenty of lovely historic architecture and it's easy to walk between attractions. It also sits on a sweeping harbor and is crisscrossed by 2 rivers. The town is sandwiched between the New Forest National Park on one side and beautiful Dorset coast on the other. The landscape surrounding Christchurch includes sweeping sandy and shingle coastline, sheer cliffs, gentle rolling hills, and cool forest. To the west lies the lively city of Bournemouth, while the Isle of Wight sits just off the coast to the east.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Christchurch

The nearest airport is in Bournemouth (BOH-Bournemouth Intl.), located 3.4 mi (5.4 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Southampton (SOU), which is 21.5 mi (34.5 km) away.

If you'd rather travel by train, make your way to Christchurch Hinton Admiral Station or Christchurch Station to see more of the city.

Can I find a vacation rental around Christchurch?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,221 vacation rentals near Christchurch. From 414 Houses to 402 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Christchurch for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Christchurch?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Christchurch. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Mudeford: 59 vacation rentals
  • Mudeford Quay: 1,876 vacation rentals
  • Highcliffe Castle: 2,024 vacation rentals
  • Avon Beach: 1,969 vacation rentals
  • Friars Cliff: 40 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Christchurch! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Christchurch?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Christchurch:

  • Southampton: 458 rentals
  • Bournemouth: 1,202 rentals
  • Salisbury: 199 rentals
  • Winchester: 372 rentals
  • Swanage: 914 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Christchurch?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Christchurch are:

  • Ringwood (RNW-Ringwood Bus Station): 1,859 vacation rentals
  • Poole (POQ-Poole Bus Station): 1,645 vacation rentals
  • Bournemouth Airport (BOH): 1,803 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Christchurch?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Christchurch. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Mudeford Quay: 1,876 rentals
  • Highcliffe Castle: 2,024 rentals
  • Avon Beach: 1,969 rentals
  • Parley Manor: 1,803 rentals
  • Prototype Bailey Bridge: 1,804 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Christchurch listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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