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The Parish of Christchurch. Christchurch Priory, St George at Jumpers, St John at Purewell

Priory Tours

Last updated Monday, 4 July, 2022

Please ask the Welcomer who greets you when you arrive if there’s a Steward on duty who can give you a tour of the ground floor of the Priory. Our charge for this service is £6 per adult, £4 for students and £2 for children under 16: tickets available from the Gift Shop.

*NEWS*  Unfortunately we are currently unable to offer Tower Tours as we have a pair of Peregrine Falcons with 3 youngsters nesting on the top of the tower

We also have Tower Stewards on duty on some days: a notice will be displayed when one is available. Tower Tours involve climbing 176 steps on an ancient spiral staircase to get a spectacular view towards Salisbury in one direction and the Isle of Wight and the Jurassic Coast in the other. Charges are £5 for adults, £3 for students and £2 for children over 8 years: tickets from the Gift Shop when it re-opens.

Between March and October we run special tours to parts of the building not generally open to the public: the Tower, Ringing Room and Bell Room (176 steps); St Michael’s Loft Museum (75 steps), the roof space above the Nave (103 steps, tight spaces and some clambering), and 2 of the 3 Crypts. A tour of the ground floor is included with some of these.

When the Cafe reopens we will re-introduce a 1 hour tour of the Church followed by Cream Teas in the Cloister Cafe.  This is likely to be on the second Tuesday of each month from May to August. The combined price is £10.

Prior booking is essential: you can book online in person at the Priory Gift Shop when it has reopened (open Monday to Saturday 1030hrs-1600hrs – or call 01202 485804 Option 4).