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Crypt of St. Leonard

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Address: Oak Walk, Hythe CT21 5DN, England
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Only ossuary outside of Italy

A hidden gem. If you have an interest in the macabre then this is a must. Went with an American friend who was slack jawed with disbelief. The steward was enthusiastic and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Pwllheli, United Kingdom
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Pwllheli, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A hidden gem. If you have an interest in the macabre then this is a must. Went with an American friend who was slack jawed with disbelief. The steward was enthusiastic and definitely earned his £1 each and his knowledge was superb

Thank dafyn2015
Folkestone, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2016

Enjoyable, if strange attraction. Very small to visit but definitely interesting and worth it. Skulls and various bones stacked under the church and few stories from the guides as to why they might be there.

Thank jlc531
Kent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2016 via mobile

The crypt is closed for winter from October until end April. It will open again on 1st May for the summer season. The church website gives details on how to arrange a visit during the closed season but only if a volunteer is available to open it.

Thank Sean M
Rivoli, Italy
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65 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

This is a really strange place! A little crypt under the old beautiful St. Leonard's Church, filled with human bones (shinbones and thighbones I suppose) and skulls... Yeah, real human bones! The bones are assembled in a "wall" with some skulls nestled inside of them while the skulls are aligned on shelves. There are lots of skulls, so you'll see... More 

Thank Cistissimo
Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

This was an unique and interesting experience. I have never seen so many skulls in one place and the gentleman in charge was very interesting to talk to Well worth a visit

Thank rio444
Maidstone, United Kingdom
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122 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

Creepy crypt at St Leonards. Lovely church and great talk given by the chap at the crypt, full of fascinating facts about the skulls and skeletons. Children seem to love it! It is free, but there is a donation box.

Thank Kathy M
Aylesford, United Kingdom
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180 reviews
112 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

This is a really terrific place to visit and well worth it as it kept going by volunteers I believe - of whom my Father, Jack Hayes, was one in the 1990s. It keeps children enthralled and is very interesting too for adults to descend to the crypt to the piles of bones and skulls. And I believe it's not... More 

Thank Malcolm H
Bexley, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2016

Very small (it's the crypt of a church, after all) but very interesting. Two areas of the crypt wall are covered with shelved skulls and there's a wall made of femurs. The church itself is in a lovely setting but if you don't like driving through tiny back roads then consider parking a distance away and walking to the location.

Thank catsnbats
Kent, UK
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21 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2016

This seems like a weird place to visit but it is fascinating. The guide was very knowledgeable and the visit was certainly memorable. You really should go!

Thank whitstablewanderers
Hythe, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

Very unusual store of human bones, only two places like it in the country. Huge number of medieval. skulls and thigh bones all neatly stacked. If it doesn't spook you go and see it. Amazing how many have good teeth which shows what sugar has done to us. It is thought that as a graveyard was dug up to make... More 

Thank Tony B

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