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Where to Go

Highcliffe Beach


Unspoiled and with views to the Isle of Wight Needles

Highcliffe beach is a mixture of pebble & sand and offers safe swimming.  It's also ideal for watersports, such as windsurfing; body boarding; and kayaking. With Highcliffe being atop a "high cliff", access to the beach is via a wheelchair-friendly ramp and/or steps (which are quite steep).

Nearest car parks are at Highcliffe Castle and the Cliff Top Car Park.

Highcliffe Castle


Formerly the home of retail magnate Harry Gordon Selfridge

Highcliffe Castle is a magnificent Grade 1 Listed cliff-top mansion - built in the 1830's by Lord Stuart de Rothesay and well worth a visit.

Located in beautiful grounds, with Tea Rooms and views out to sea.

Rothesay Drive, Highcliffe, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 4LE

Chewton Bunny


Explore the Smugglers' landing place!

Chewton Bunny is now a nature reserve, rich in woodland wildlife including a number of ancient natural woodland species, but back in the day, it was used as a natural landing place for smugglers to transport their contraband to places such as Burley in the New Forest.  It has a miniature gorge with a stream (the Walkford Brook) that runs from the forest to the sea at Highcliffe.

Wharncliffe Road, Highcliffe, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 5JA

Nea Meadows


Highcliffe's hidden gem

Nea Meadows is a delightful spot that can be found just a short walk from the centre of Highcliffe village where you'll find a variety of natural habitats, fishing and woodland.

Smugglers Lane South, Highcliffe, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 4NG

St Mark's Church, Highcliffe, Dorset

This PDF publication, available to download, gives you a fascinating insight into some of the local influencers of their time.


Discover the Memorials situated in St Marks Church of those whose lives are commemorated, such as Charles, Lord Stuart de Rothesay and his wife Elizabeth. The Memorials Book has been compiled from a series of articles originating from a talk given by Audrey Brinsford to the Hampshire Genealogical Society in 1999.

Hinton Wood Avenue, Highcliffe, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 5AA

Steamer Point


There are several benches and seats overlooking the coast, so why not take a picnic!

Between Highcliffe Castle and Friar's Cliff you'll find a beautiful wooded nature reserve - Steamer Point.  It covers around 24 acres and predominantly comprises deciduous woodland, with some areas of grassland, ponds and wetland.

Seaway Avenue, Friar's Cliff, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 4PD

Let's get out there!

For those who enjoy cycling, Christchurch has over 24 miles of cycle network and half of this is traffic-free!


Click HERE for a map of the routes available.

Family on Bikes

No bike? No Problem!


Introducing.... Beryl Bikes!

If you don't have access to a bike, you can still enjoy the great outdoors!  Collect a Beryl Bike from any of the locations available - we have lots in the neighbourhood and surrounds - for all the info you need, click the button below to visit Beryl Bikes' website.

Visitors' Favourites!

Many visitors take photos while they're here to share with friends.

So, if you've got a favourite, and you're ok with us featuring it in our visitors' gallery, use the box below to upload it.

No photos of humans please - unless it's a selfie and you're happy to share!

Highcliffe Castle 2018

Highcliffe Castle 2018

Courtesy of Ophelia Messer, near Cliffhanger, taken 08/04/2023

Courtesy of Ophelia Messer, near Cliffhanger, taken 08/04/2023

View of coastline near the Cliffhanger Café, Highcliffe, Christchurch, Dorset. Taken on 08/04/2023.

Highcliffe Beach

Highcliffe Beach

Steps down from Highcliffe Castle - 11/04/2018

Highcliffe Food Festival

Highcliffe Food Festival

2015 - Lymington Road

Nea Meadows

Nea Meadows

Highcliffe Christmas Carnival

Highcliffe Christmas Carnival

2015 - Ice Queen

Beach at Highcliffe

Beach at Highcliffe

Walkford Weir

Walkford Weir




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