St. Leonard's Church
St. Leonard's Church
4.5
Historic SitesReligious Sites
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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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VickiLou81
Kent, UK65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
A fascinating crypt full of human bones. The lady on the door gave us an information sheet and also told us facts about the bones. There is an entrance fee - we paid £5 for a family of 4 and only 6 people are allowed in at once. It’s quite a small crypt, we spent about 15 minutes looking around. Very interesting place!
Written August 31, 2021
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Cherriesfan99
Cheltenham, UK2,197 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
We were so very fortunate to rent a cottage in the steep hill at Church Walk overlooking this wonderful medieval church. Listening to the bell ringing out the hour whilst still in bed was enchanting. The church dominates the skyline when approaching from the coast.
It is a beautiful building, the whole interior is mature, a mix of styles that blend organically, it is also astoundingly well maintained and cleaned.
One of the rather unusual features of St Leonard's is the depiction in stained glass of a WW2 anti aircraft gun and crew. in the main east window. This was replaced after a Nazi bomber blew out part of this lovely church.
St Leonard's is a beautiful serene church in a lovely, peaceful town.
Written September 22, 2021
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Dyl C
Ravenstone, UK99 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
We were visiting Hythe and stumbled upon the existence of the Ossuary by chance. Greeted by a lovely lady upon opening, we were regaled with tales of its existence for a mere £2 each. We learnt a lot about why the bones were there and why some were discoloured. It was a very peaceful and humbling environment.
If you're into Ossuaries, don't let this one pass you by.
Written September 2, 2021
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ChristopherRW
Eastbourne, UK30 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
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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squidge251
Chatham, UK18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
Hidden away up a steep hill just off Hythe High Street is this crypt. Over 1,000 skulls and bones in differing states. A very helpful lady is there to answer questions. It costs £2 to enter and is well worth that. If you want to spend an unusual half hour visiting something different, look no further.
Written October 1, 2021
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KT87
Hadleigh, UK21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
Such a cool and different place to visit! Well worth the visit and you can walk there via little side roads from the high street. The walk is very easy from this way. Very interesting place and the lovely lady who was on the doors from 2pm-4pm on 26/7/22 - you are officially the sweetest, friendliest, kindest and most interesting lady and I want to have you as my surrogate nan! 😂💗 So very knowledgeable and told us lots of interesting stories so please do have a chat with the volunteers if you can! The church is absolutely breathtaking too so be sure to have a nosey in there also - we had our dog with us and both venues were dog friendly as long as they are well behaved.
Written July 27, 2022
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Geoff W
15 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We wanted more background information on the thousands of skulls and bones - otherwise the whole experience is somewhat macabre.
The volunteer guide was friendly and helpful but unable to answer all our questions.
Drive there - (unless you are a mountain goat).
Written August 26, 2023
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sashharris
Kent, UK83 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Family
Visited the crypt today and was well worth the vist to see the amazing sight of skulls and bones. The gentlemen who worked there was very knowledgeable and friendly, more than happy to answer the many questions the children had.
A short vist but interesting & well worth the £1.00 fee.
Written May 11, 2013
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jeanniedDover_Kent
Barfrestone, UK126 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Jessica
Goffs Oak, UK106 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Solo
Cool place to visit! Only £2 admission fee, room is very small but it is amazing how much history is in one room! Over 1,000 skulls!!

So sad that they had over 20 skulls stolen, but great to see how amazing everything else is
Written August 26, 2018
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