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Christchurch - Highcliffe Castle Beach

Christchurch, Dorset

A wide sand & shingle beach beneath cliff top woodlands and the Grade 1 listed Highcliffe Castle. Parking, toilets and a café are situated on the cliff top at the Castle. The beach is accessed through the Castle grounds

Beach Type



Toilets incl disabled in the castle
Nearest shops are in Highcliffe


Bathing and watersports
These are zoned between numbered groynes
Jet skiing
Sea canoeing

Nature and Wildlife

Christchurch Coastal Path - The path runs the full length of the Christchurch coastline from Chewton Bunny to Mudeford Quay.

Water Quality




Cleaning and Litter

Beach cleaned manually every day during the summer and at regular intervals in the winter.

Tourist Information

Christchurch Information Centre, 49 High Street Christchurch BH23 1AS Telephone: 01202 471780, Fax: 01202 476816 e‑mail: [email protected]


Nearest town: Christchurch
County: Dorset
Latitude/Longitude: 50.7348, -1.71656
Postcode: BH23 4AU
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)

Explore more of the area around , Dorset at Explore Britain.


From Christchurch on the A35 take the A337 (Lymington Road) at Somerford Roundabout towards Highcliffe. Take a right turn into Rothesay Drive for access to the Castle grounds & cliff top car park.

Public Transport

Hinton Admiral Train Station. Wilts & Dorset Buses 121, 123 from Bournemouth, Christchurch, New Milton or Lymington.

Nearest Railway Stations

Hinton Admiral (About a mile away)
Christchurch (Approx. 3 miles away)
New Milton (Approx. 3 miles away)
Pokesdown (Approx. 5 miles away)
Sway (Approx. 6 miles away)

Important! Distances are as the crow (or seagull) flies. Road distances may be considerably longer, especially at estuary locations.


Pay parking for 100 cars including disabled.

Nearby Car Parks

Highcliffe Castle, Christchurch (Unknown stay).
About 0.2 miles away
Steamer Point, Christchurch (Unknown stay).
About 0.4 miles away
Southcliffe Road, Christchurch (Unknown stay).
About 0.6 miles away
Wortley Road, Christchurch (Unknown stay).
About 0.8 miles away
Avon Run Road, Christchurch (Unknown stay).
About 0.9 miles away
Avon Beach, Christchurch (Unknown stay).
About 0.9 miles away
Highcliffe Cliff Top, Christchurch (Unknown stay).
About 0.9 miles away
Pipers Drive, Christchurch (Unknown stay).
About 1 miles away
Hinton Admiral Station - South, Hinton (Unknown stay).
About 1.2 miles away
Mudeford Quay, Christchurch (Unknown stay).
About 1.2 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Christchurch