Can’t decide between seaside or countryside, historic town or pretty harbour? Dorset's Christchurch offers the perfect solution with a choice of award-winning beaches, coastal nature reserves, heritage attractions and a charming Quay.
The historic Priory Church and Castle ruins help give an olde world charm to the attractive, bustling town centre with its range of independent shops, high street stores and regular markets. And together with a packed events calendar, there is always something to see and do in Christchurch!
Nearby villages include Highcliffe with it's Castle and Mudeford with its Quay - very popular for crab fishing and boat trips.
And with the town of Christchurch being sandwiched between the New Forest National Park on one side and the bustling resort of Bournemouth on the other (with the rest of beautiful Dorset beyond)...
Christchurch topped the survey results for 'quality of life'
If you're thinking of moving to the seaside and are wondering which would be the ideal place, look no further. Christchurch in Dorset is streets ahead of other towns in terms of quality of life, a survey has found. It looked at such factors as unemployment, environment, education provision, health performance and the housing market to determine the best places to call home beside the sea.
Heading the top 20 was Christchurch, which has the sandy beaches of the south coast on its doorstep and the New Forest at the back door. The town is popular with the boating fraternity, those with second homes and the retired.
Most of the towns in the survey by Halifax Estate Agents were in the South-East or South-West, with only Bridlington and Scarborough representing the North.