8 days in Christchurch, Bournemouth & Portsmouth Itinerary

8 days in Christchurch, Bournemouth & Portsmouth Itinerary

Created using Inspirock England sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
Drive
1
Highcliffe
— 1 night
Drive
2
Bournemouth
— 4 nights
Drive
3
Portsmouth
— 2 nights
Drive

S M T W T F S
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7

Highcliffe

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Avon Beach and then stroll through Mudeford Quay.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Highcliffe driving holiday planner.

Birmingham to Highcliffe is an approximately 3-hour car ride. In July in Highcliffe, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Bournemouth.

Things to do in Highcliffe

Parks · Beaches · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 25 — 26:

Bournemouth

— 4 nights
Bournemouth is a large coastal resort town on the south coast of England directly to the east of the Jurassic Coast, a 155km World Heritage Site. Kids will enjoy Bournemouth Beach and Longleat. Venture out of the city with trips to Wareham (Monkey World & Purbeck Mineral and Mining Museum), The Tank Museum (in Bovington) and Bath (Bath Abbey, The Roman Baths, &more). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Hengistbury Head Beach, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Oceanarium, take a leisurely stroll along Bournemouth Pier, and head outdoors with RockReef Adventure Activity Attraction.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Bournemouth day trip planner.

Bournemouth is just a short distance from Highcliffe. In July in Bournemouth, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Portsmouth.

Things to do in Bournemouth

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 26 — 30:

Portsmouth

— 2 nights
Portsmouth is a port city and unitary authority in the ceremonial English county of Hampshire and is located south-west of London and south-east of Southampton. Family-friendly places like The Mary Rose and Paultons Park will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Portsmouth side-trips: Winchester Cathedral (in Winchester) and Hawk Conservancy Trust (in Weyhill). And it doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, enjoy breathtaking views from Spinnaker Tower, and admire all the interesting features of Portsmouth Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Portsmouth attractions planning website.

Getting from Bournemouth to Portsmouth by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in July, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Portsmouth

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 1:

Christchurch travel guide

3.9
Nature & Parks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Theme Parks
Christchurch is a borough and town on the south coast of England. The town adjoins Bournemouth in the west and the New Forest lies to the east. Historically in the county of Hampshire, it became part of the administrative county of Dorset in the 1974 reorganisation of local government. Covering an area of, Christchurch had a 2013 population of 48,368, making it the fourth most populous town in Dorset, closely behind Weymouth which has a population of 54,539.Founded in the 7th century at the confluence of the rivers Avon and Stour which flow into Christchurch Harbour, the town was originally named Twynham but became known as Christchurch following the construction of the priory in 1094. The town developed into an important trading port and was fortified in the 9th century. Further defences were added in the 12th century with the construction of a castle which was destroyed by the Parliamentarian Army during the English Civil War. During the 18th and 19th centuries smuggling flourished in Christchurch and became one of the town's most lucrative industries. The town was heavily fortified during Second World War as a precaution against an expected invasion and in 1940 an Airspeed factory was established on the town's airfield which manufactured aircraft for the Royal Air Force.

Source