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Crypt of St. Leonard

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Address: Oak Walk, Hythe CT21 5DN, England
Phone Number: +44 1303 262370
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Closed for winter

The crypt is closed for winter from October until end April. It will open again on 1st May for the summer season. The church website gives details on how to arrange a visit during... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Kent, United Kingdom
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Kent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The crypt is closed for winter from October until end April. It will open again on 1st May for the summer season. The church website gives details on how to arrange a visit during the closed season but only if a volunteer is available to open it.

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Rivoli, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

This is a really strange place! A little crypt under the old beautiful St. Leonard's Church, filled with human bones (shinbones and thighbones I suppose) and skulls... Yeah, real human bones! The bones are assembled in a "wall" with some skulls nestled inside of them while the skulls are aligned on shelves. There are lots of skulls, so you'll see... More 

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Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

This was an unique and interesting experience. I have never seen so many skulls in one place and the gentleman in charge was very interesting to talk to Well worth a visit

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Creepy crypt at St Leonards. Lovely church and great talk given by the chap at the crypt, full of fascinating facts about the skulls and skeletons. Children seem to love it! It is free, but there is a donation box.

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Thank Kathy M
Aylesford, United Kingdom
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180 reviews
112 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

This is a really terrific place to visit and well worth it as it kept going by volunteers I believe - of whom my Father, Jack Hayes, was one in the 1990s. It keeps children enthralled and is very interesting too for adults to descend to the crypt to the piles of bones and skulls. And I believe it's not... More 

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Thank Malcolm H
Bexley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Very small (it's the crypt of a church, after all) but very interesting. Two areas of the crypt wall are covered with shelved skulls and there's a wall made of femurs. The church itself is in a lovely setting but if you don't like driving through tiny back roads then consider parking a distance away and walking to the location.

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Kent, UK
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20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

This seems like a weird place to visit but it is fascinating. The guide was very knowledgeable and the visit was certainly memorable. You really should go!

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Thank whitstablewanderers
Hythe, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Very unusual store of human bones, only two places like it in the country. Huge number of medieval. skulls and thigh bones all neatly stacked. If it doesn't spook you go and see it. Amazing how many have good teeth which shows what sugar has done to us. It is thought that as a graveyard was dug up to make... More 

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Ashford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

I visited today after finally realising that you do not have to do the steep walk, there is free parking next to the crypt and about 5 footsteps up a slope to enter if you have any mobility issues. The lady was lovely and we had a nice chat and I hope to return again to see her let alone... More 

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Harlow, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

The Church lies above the town. If walking it is a steep climb. The crypt is very interesting with over a 1000 skulls and lots of bones. Plus other items relating to the church. The charge is only £ 1.00. Also visit the church

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