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Church of Saint Mary, Whitby, Whitby

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The spooky, cliffside graveyard with its rows of crooked grey tombstones brought Church of Saint Mary, Whitby fame as the setting in Bram Stoker's Dracula novel. This Anglican parish church looms hilltop over the river and town below, a staggering 199 steep steps up from the town. The church was first founded in 1110 of Norman architecture with a fortress-like exterior, but the interior dates to the 18th and 19th centuries, with a three-story pulpit and box-style pews, some inscribed with "For Stranger Only." The interior features a variety of styles and decor, including one of the most complete sets of pre-Victorian furnishings in England. Take a look at our Whitby trip generator to schedule your visit to Church of Saint Mary, Whitby and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Much of the inside is taken up with private boxes, the number of which I have not seen before - usually just two or three of them. Look out for the Scoresby Chair. Make sure that you walk around the c...  more »
  • This is a beautiful old church filled with box pews and many historical artefacts. We returned later in the week for my wife to join in with the ringers' practice evening, which was very enjoyable.  more »
  • They raise money for the donkey sanctuary in the shop but don't take card payments. Set up on the hill and be sure to have a all around the church.  more »
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  • Beautiful church unlike any other I've visited. The staff are very helpful and so nice. You can feel the history and atmosphere.
  • This church doesn't so much have pews as cubicles and I loved the early attempt at a hearing aid bolted to the pulpit. Ladies in the gift shop area were very friendly.
  • Interesting place steeped in history and we'll worth a visit.
  • Very helpful staff and a lovely church.
  • Great church with a great view.

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The majority of the town's lodging is near the small harbor at the town center. Consider a guest room in one of the historical buildings that line the water or on one of the narrow streets that branch off from the boardwalk. For views of the picturesque town and the cathedral, consider lodging inland and up the hill. Ask about themed rooms designed for the Whitby Gothic Weekend.
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