The mound-top keep or great tower here was part of a large Norman castle that once dominated the town of Christchurch in Dorset. Nearby is the 12th century riverside chamber block known as the Norman House, one of the few remaining examples of domestic Norman architecture in England. Built in about 1160, it provided grand and comfortable living quarters for the lord of Christchurch. The tall circular Norman chimney is a particularly rare survival.
Read more about the history of Christchurch Castle and Norman House.
Before You Go
Access: A dirt path runs around the base of the keep, suitable for buggies and wheelchairs. There is a steep climb up to the remains for those who wish to explore further.
Parking: There is a charged car park within three minutes of the site, not managed by English Heritage.
Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome.
Plan a Great Day Out
Why not extend your day out and visit Hurst Castle, just nine miles from Christchurch. This impressive artillery fortress boasts stunning views of the Solent and, on a clear day, the Isle of Wight.
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