We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Castle St, Christchurch BH23 1AZ, England

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 68 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 23
  • 29
    Very good
  • 13
  • 0
  • 1
Gorgeous view at the top

The Christchurch Castle is a nice place to visit. There are a few steps involved to get up to the top, but nothing too strenuous. The view from the top of the castle of the rest... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

68 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 66: English reviews
Christchurch, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is a very small ruin although quite nice to walk up and see where it was placed in the locaity and the thickness of the walls but surely not going to attract people specifically to visit the area - not much to be done about that.

Thank Lindsey C
Level Contributor
360 reviews
160 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Christchurch Castle is a nice place to visit. There are a few steps involved to get up to the top, but nothing too strenuous. The view from the top of the castle of the rest of the town is very nice. It is well worth a trip up. It is an outdoor and free activity. We went in February... More 

Thank RamonaL34
Level Contributor
57 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

This must be the easiest castle ruin to access. Little remains of the castle but the site is still dramatic and capable of stirring the imagination. Access is free and very easy. Take a camera to capture views of town, Priory and Constable's House

Thank Colin M
Level Contributor
838 reviews
505 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 329 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

The ruins of the castle are on a steep mound that is accessible by steps. It is worth climbing and reading the information when you get to the top. There is not much left and the view is obscured all around by the Priory church and other buildings.

Thank mouseHerts
Chatham, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
184 reviews
129 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Beautiful ruins, and lovely settings. Dorset is blessed with so many historical places of beauty. Free to visit, great place for photos and ideal for picnics and letting the children run around. You can wander amongst the ruins freely and then stroll along next to the river. well worth a visit if in the surrounding area. You will need to... More 

Thank carol g
Watford, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
226 reviews
107 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

This old Norman Castle has seen it's fair bit of history , it even allowed the parliamentarians to keep their strong hold during the revolution. Now all that's left is the hill the Great Tower was built on and two sides of the tower. You can see the priory and in winter or early spring you would be able to... More 

Thank 02040508BW
Level Contributor
36 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

This truly is a ruin of a castle in a beautiful spot. Imagination is key here when visiting the keep itself, as not much of the original has survived but take a few moments to envision this once important defensive building, as an over-watch of the surrounding countryside and the adjacent Norman house. The house was very interesting to visit... More 

Thank Nate T
Ferndown, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
151 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

I adore this ruin, it is ideal for photographs, and I should know we had our wedding photos here. A beautiful spot for relaxing

Thank Iaon1967
Level Contributor
179 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

This is a really lovely location, opposite the Kings Hotel in Christchurch. You can walk in and around the ruins, then through a walkway down to Christchurch Quay. If you decide to walk through Convent walk, you will see the ruins on the right side, and again you continue past Christchurch Priory Church, to Christchurch Quay. It is a really... More 

Thank BournemouthChris
Poole, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Dorset is blessed with so many beautiful places ( we are soo lucky here! ) Christchurch is top for walking, leisure and eating out! Recommend the priory, ruins..old mill..and the green by the water...gorgeous place.

Thank barriesansom

Travellers who viewed Christchurch Castle also viewed

Highcliffe, Christchurch
Christchurch, Dorset

Been to Christchurch Castle? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Christchurch Castle staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?