Christchurch Castle and Norman House

The castle great tower and motte at Christchurch Castle and Norman House.

Free Entry

Open any reasonable time during daylight hours


High Street, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 1AS

Before You Go

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.

Don't Miss

Christchurch Flower Festival 2018 - June 13th - 17th.

Beautiful displays of flowers will be located along a floral trail through Christchurch including the Castle and Norman House. Other events showcasing floral creativity will also be happening culminating in the trade show at the Red House Museum over the weekend 16th - 17th June. For more information visit: 

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.

Please be aware: English Heritage does not permit drone flying from or over sites in our care, except by contractors or partners undertaking flights for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and permissions, and are operating under controlled conditions.

Please do not climb on the walls.

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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