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Had too visit as it over looked our hotel.

From our hotel bedroom window could see the poppies falling from the church so we had to climb the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
The-Didcot-Boy
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Reading, United Kingdom
Church on the hill

We climb up 199 steps to visit the abbey .it was closed.we received a warm welcome from the staff... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Peter H
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Reviewed 4 days ago

From our hotel bedroom window could see the poppies falling from the church so we had to climb the 199 steps to get a better view and weren't disappointed. Inside found the boxed pews very unusual, great place for kids to hide.

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We climb up 199 steps to visit the abbey .it was closed.we received a warm welcome from the staff at at Mary's church the display for remembrance Day was well. worth the climb We went back again to join the morning prayer and communion service the following day.
Met people from far and near.all impressed by the building and artefacts on display
A must visit when you come to Whitby

Thank Peter H
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This church is well worth a visit, the interior is quite beautiful with boxed pews and galleries which has seating for 1800 people! Interesting pulpit which is very high no doubt so that the vicar can look down into the boxed pews! Large stove was broken so very cold inside. Went to a Sunday service there, but I wouldn't recommend this - very boring and a dire sermon. No wonder churches are closing!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very interesting church and churchyard. The connection to Dracula makes it even more interesting and a little bit frightening as well. The inside is a mixture of Norman architecture and Victorian alterations which is good to see. Also the old pews are great as most have been ripped out of churches recently. Overall, I found it more interesting than the abbey next door

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a wonderful church, well worth a visit and you don't have to walk up the 199 steps to see it you can either go up Caedmon's Trod which is a much gentler incline or you can get on the tour bus for a ride up to the Abbey and church which are steeped in history. In the church are the old box pews, some have the names of the families they "belonged " to on the doors, some are marked for strangers only, some are very stark and were for the servants to sit in, and you can actually sit in a box if it doesn't have a bar across and contemplate the church in peace. I would love to go to a service in this church, the atmosphere must be amazing. There is so much to see, from the great chest that was thrown over the cliff by robbers to split open so they could take the contents and which was later retrieved empty and with the lock broken, to a Saxon baby coffin, and the Ten Commandments set out in the old way with f's for s's. We went two days running because there is so much to see. As well as the church itself there is a gift shop to raise funds, they have all sorts of items for sale at various prices and it all helps the church. Then outside there is the wonderful old graveyard where you can spend another hour or so just browsing the epitaphs and looking at the wonderful views of Whitby. If you go to the Abbey don't miss out on St Mary's it's a real privilege to see inside it and there are usually volunteer's around only too happy to talk about the church and it's history.

Thank Barbara B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A pleasure to revisit St Mary’s Church. This is place of special importance to me as it was here that eight aunts and an uncle were married.

1  Thank Ted W
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

St Mary's is situated on the East cliff, overlooking the town, harbour and sea. You climb up 199 steps to visit, but this climb is well worth it as the views at the top are spectacular. Inside, the church is characterised by 18th century box pews which, traditionally, provided privacy and allowed families to sit together. On our recent visit the tower had a collection of poppies falling from one side of it and this looked very impressive.
Such an interesting building.

Thank Angela S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Always light a candle here. It feels as though your prayers can be answered!
It's a shame the upper church is not accessible to visitors.

Thank 2017holidays
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great small church perched high on the cliff overlooking Whitby. Worth climbing up the 199 steps that take you to the path to the church.
Great history and there are many facts inside as you walk around. Small gift shop as well.

Thank 2014Jandy
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful historic church with original interior. At the moment there are poppies falling from the roof and doorway. One word lovely see these if you can worth the walk up the 199 steps. Old churchyard, a gift shop and what views.

Thank Hazel D
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