Places to Visit near Christchurch
BY BUS FROM STOUR LODGE GUEST HOUSE:
There is an excellent bus service from outside the house. Here are some ideas:
Studland & The Purbecks
Take the open top ‘Breezer’ Bus to Studland via the chain ferry. Explore the wonderful sandy beaches along the route or continue to Swanage or Corfe Castle, or walk out to Old Harry Rocks. Stop off in Southbourne on the way home to eat at any of the wonderful restaurants to be found there.
Visit the colourful, ancient seaport of Lymington and explore the cobbled streets of the harbour.
Highcliffe Castle in Christchurch, a Grade 1 listed building situated on the cliffs at Highcliffe. Described as ‘the most important remaining example of the Romantic and Picturesque style of architecture’. Built as a family home, it later became a convalescent home, then a training centre for student priests of the Roman Catholic Claretian Missionary. Bought by local businessmen in 1966, it was damaged by two fires in the following couple of years. The castle then deteriorated into a ruin until restoration work began in 1977. The castle is now open to the public and makes for a fascinating visit. There is access to a sandy beach via a recently refurbished zig zag walk. Well worth a visit.
BY CAR FROM STOUR LODGE GUEST HOUSE:
As well as the suggestions above, Christchurch is ideally placed as a base for day visits by car to an endless list of places including:
- The New Forest
- Jurassic Coast
- Durdle Door
- Wimborne Minster
- Gold Hill in Shaftesbury
It is also possible to take a day visit to Osbourne House on the Isle of Wight by driving to Southampton, then taking the ferry to Cowes as a foot passenger. Osbourne House is a 20 min walk from the ferry terminal on the other side.