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“Climbing the steps to heaven”
Review of St Mary's Church

St Mary's Church
Ranked #6 of 52 things to do in Whitby
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Stopped off at the church by chance on way to the abbey and we’re glad we did as it was a most interesting place which should not be missed. The enclosed pews of various shapes and sizes and status fill the ground floor and balcony which overlook a three tier pulpit. Most unusual and fascinating. Some of the upstairs pews have external timber clad stairs adding to it’s uniqueness. Finally the surrounding graveyard offers fine views of the harbour.

Thank Cliff W
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Reviewed 27 March 2018

I am not one for church visits on holiday but loved this. The man working at the gift shop caught us wondering about the boxes around the pews and took a few minutes to explain the building and history of the place. The story was absolutely fascinating and I was so glad we bumped into him. He needs to do quick tours for a couple of quid rather than flogging bookmarks in the vestibule.

2  Thank H S
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Reviewed 16 March 2018

An interesting and well cared for church; very unusual interior with Georgian pews intact. Fantastic headland position

Thank Madalyn H
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Reviewed 28 February 2018

Lovely Church with lovely and interesting History. Enjoyed looking at the old bible's and pew's / stalls and carvings. Excellent views all around Church grounds.

Thank Dave C
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Reviewed 26 February 2018

Once you've climbed the famous "199 Steps" you will be greeted with the combined spectacular views of St. Mary's Church (with its vast adjacent cemetery) and the ruin of Whitby Abbey, which reportedly inspired Bram Stoker to write Dracula. Also, you will be rewarded with spectacular views of Whitby and the open sea. Very much worth your while, I can tell ya*.

When I visited the weather was less than spectacular, with grey skies, occasional showers and a bit of fog - all of which only added to the majesty and gloomy atmosphere of the place.

St. Mary's Church is fascinating because of the unusual structure inside. The church hall is separated into this huge number of differently sized "boxes" where I suppose the servants were sitting while their masters took their seat on the balconies above. I have visited very many churches and cathedrals in England, and never have I seen such an unusually structured church.

It's always interesting to inspect the writing on the various gravestones, a glimpse at least into the lives of those who lie there. And with this vast cemetery you will find gravestones in varying styles and shapes, which I also found intriguing.

If you're tired from the 199 Steps you might also drop in at the brewery tap of Whitby Brewery, which is behind the church, opposite of the abbey grounds.

Thank Thomas M
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