Church of Saint Mary, Whitby, Whitby

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#3 of 7 in Historic Sites in Scarborough District
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. Plan a trip to Whitby easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.
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  • August 21, 2017
    we call into this church every year and light a candle in remembrance of my father but it is a wonderful church that everyone should visit  more »
  • August 21, 2017
    After catching your breath from the toil of ascending the 199 steps,St Mary's Church is a most welcome sight. Settled proudly atop the bay, you really get a sense of the history that steeps this area....  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    we try to visit this church every year to light a candle for my father in law. It is a stunningly beautiful church that is well worth the climb up the 199 steps to get to it.  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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