English Heritage: Christchurch Castle and Norman House
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Dating back to the early 12th century, the remains of Christchurch Castle include an early chamber block and unusual example of Norman domestic architecture, known as Norman House. The house was built of stone as opposed to timber, like other domestic buildings of the same period and the tall, circular Norman chimney is a particularly atypical element to have survived. The nine metre high rectangular keep may have been built in 1300 with three storeys and an entrance at first-floor level.
The castle is located in Christchurch, near the Priory and can be easily accessed by car, bus or by bicycle. There is a charged car park just three minutes from the site and entry to the castle itself is free. A dirt path runs around the base of the keep, suitable for buggies and wheelchairs. Dogs are welcome on a lead.