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

Priory Tours

Last updated Thursday, 23 February, 2017

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 £5 per adult, £3 for students and £1 for children under 16: tickets available from the Gift Shop.

We also have Tower Stewards on duty most 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 £3 for adults, £2 for students and £1 for children over 8 years: tickets from the Gift Shop.

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 usually included with these.

Prior booking is essential: you can book online through the Priory's forthcoming Services and Events section on the home page by clicking on the maroon ‘get tickets’ button for the tour you want, or in person at the Priory Box Office (open Monday to Saturday 11am to 2pm – or call 01202 485804 Option 4).

We are offering 4 different tour options for 2017:-

Options 1 & 2 (2 hours £10/£5)

900 year old Church & 2 crypts


Option 1 Roof space with Medieval paintings (103 steps, narrow spaces)


Option 2 St Michael's Loft Museum (75 steps) Great views over town and harbour


Option 3 (2 hours £10/£5)

900 year old Church plus Tower & Belfry (176 steps) with  superb views and bell-ringing demonstration

Option 4 (New for 2017) £7.50/£4

Tower & Belfry (176 steps) Superb views and Bell-ringing demonstration  (1hr 30)

Afternoon tours run from 2.30-4.30pm, evening tours from 6.30-8.30pm. Tour fees include  a Souvenir Booklet.

Tours for 2017 are listed below and on the Priory's forthcoming of Services and Events section, this is where you can find the link to be able to book your tour on-line.

Tours can also be arranged for private parties, clubs or organisations. Charges vary according to what is required. Ground floor tours take approximately 1 hour, tower and museum tours approx 45 minutes each: please note, children under 8 are not allowed to do the tower or roof space tours. Please contact in the first instance and we will tailor a tour to suit you.

Priory Church Special Guided Tours 2017

Afternoon Tours 2.30- 4.30pm, Meet inside entrance

Wednesday 10 May Options 1&2

Wednesday 5 July Option 3

Why not have lunch at the Cloister Café?

Evening Tours 6.30 – 8.30pm, Meet at Tower door

Options 1&2

Tuesday       4 April

Thursday     22 June

Tuesday       26 Sept

Thursday     12 Oct

Option 3

Tuesday       16 May

Wednesday   26 July

 Option 4

Wednesday   19 April

Thursday      8 June

Thursday     24 August