Crypt of St. Leonard

Crypt of St. Leonard, Hythe: Address, Phone Number, Crypt of St. Leonard Reviews: 4.5/5

Crypt of St. Leonard
4.5
About
Medieval church with an extraordinary "ossuary" (the largest and best-preserved collection of ancient human skulls and bones in Britain). The bones are in a room built as part of the 13th-century extensions to the church. The room is sometimes known as the "crypt" but it is above-ground and can be visited from Easter to the end of September. The church is a wonderful example of how English parish churches have grown and changed through history, with a a variety of architectural styles and features. There are some remarkable medieval "pilgrim graffiti" in the church, too. The church is open during daylight hours every day.
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crissward
Eastbourne, UK18 contributions
Very Poor Communication
Sep 2020
Read the dates for opening times 10-12 and 2-4pm we walk all the way up to the church from the main high street in Hythe. We have two boys with autism to find that the church was not open .

Should update their website, very poor communication
Written September 25, 2020
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Debbie
Hythe, UK2 contributions
Interesting Little Place
Feb 2020
Me and a friend found this place while we were out exploring Hythe on a walk, fascinating little church with a lot of interesting history to it, the skulls are definitely worth a visit! Lovely that this little piece of history is tucked away in Hythe.
Written March 2, 2020
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Matthew P
Manchester, UK72 contributions
Worth a visit.
Feb 2020
Called in here hoping to visit the crypts. They are closed some of the year but we still manage to visit in the church which is very old. Timed it perfect with someone coming in to practice and play on the organ.
Written February 22, 2020
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Tina V
Philadelphia,PA32 contributions
Fascinating
Aug 2019
The docents are knowledgable and friendly. Very interesting. And Hythe is a lovely little place with some nice shops and restaurants.
Written October 15, 2019
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Linda B
Kent, UK49 contributions
well worth the climb
Aug 2019
great little find worth the walk up the hill skulls not at all macarbe church wounderful
setting would like to come back in winter
Written September 29, 2019
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hpapermaker
London, United Kingdom2 contributions
Couldn't get in
Aug 2019 • Solo
Went to this, at the times it was advertised outside as open, but couldn't get in. Waited for an hour.
Written September 15, 2019
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EPPINGMAN_7
Epping, Essex , United Kingdom79 contributions
skulls,with teeth....jaws on next shelf
Sep 2019
Smaller sized room Crypt than envisgaged but really interesting to see so many old human skulls, with teeth and jaws......And the volunteer lady on the door extremely informative and helpful.....£2 well worth it.
Written September 13, 2019
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jeanniedDover_Kent
Barfrestone, UK104 contributions
A Different Type of Tourist Attraction
Aug 2019
St Leonard's Church and its Ossuary are well worth a visit. The church itself is of historic and architectural interest. It is tied up with the history of England and is the epitome of an Old English Church - if only these walls could talk! There is a small car park next to the church. If you are on foot it is quite a steep climb from the town itself. The Ossuary in The Crypt is unique and I have never seen so many bones together in one place. The guide was well informed and willing to share that information with visitors The Ossuary does not cover a large area but it is well laid out and fascinating. As you go around there is printed information available for you to peruse. I had no idea that some diseases show up in the bones. I liked the fact that there is a printed prayer on display for visitors - I paused and said it out aloud. There is box on display for donations and leaflets are available for both the church and the ossuary.This is the only ossuary of its kind in the country and as such it is well worth a visit.
Written September 4, 2019
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FellowTraveler792968
42 contributions
Them bones them dry bones
Sep 2018
Well worth the uphill walk if skulls are your thing and their's lots of them. The volunteers are very knowledgeable. How I don't know. Wouldn't want to stay overnight there.
Written August 30, 2019
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Holly_82
Reading, UK1,546 contributions
Fantastic
Aug 2019 • Couples
It may seem a bit odd to say a collection of bones is fantastic, but to be honest, the whole of Hythe is pretty nice. St Leonards is up a bit of a steep hill, but we parked at Lidl and slowly walked up a very pleasant hill to the church and followed the wall round to right to get into the crypt.

It's worth noting it's £2 each for adults and they don't take cards so make sure you have some cash on you.

Really enjoyed spending 15-20 minutes in here and glad I have finally visited.
Written August 25, 2019
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