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Christchurch is a scenic escape from the hustle and bustle of Bournemouth © Mike Charles, Shutterstock
It is certainly worth visiting for its attractive riparian scenery and historic buildings, the most notable of which is its medieval church, Christchurch Priory.
Although a close neighbour, the delightful, historic town of Christchurch, on the rivers Stour and Avon, is a world away from the bustle and modernity of Bournemouth. The River Stour meets the sea here and you can spend a very sedate afternoon pottering along the river in a boat hired from the quay. Small ferries cross the harbour, providing plenty of opportunity for relaxing, car-free travel. The town is certainly worth visiting for its attractive riparian scenery and historic buildings, the most notable of which is its medieval church, Christchurch Priory, which lies in a park-like area on the River Avon and is surrounded by the town's key historic features. The town centre is a pleasing blend of Georgian and older buildings, such as the delightfully wonky, thatched 13th-century building at 11 Church St. It is distinguishable by its medieval timber frame and thatched roof.