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St Martin on the Hill

St Martin's, designed by George Bodley and completed in 1863, is famous in the area and features excellent examples of preRaphaelite stained glass.

Scarborough, Yorkshire

Opening times

Open daily for visitors and Sunday for Sung Eucharist.
Open every day Monday to Saturday from 11am to 4pm. Free guided tours on Tuesday and Thursday from February to November.


Albion Road
YO11 2BT

St Martin’s is the perfect High Victorian church, and was built in response to the rapid urban development of the south cliff that had taken place since 1845.

The church was designed by George Frederick Bodley from Hull. He was commissioned by Miss Mary Craven, a spinster, also originally from Hull, whose generosity ensured the success of the project. Bodley employed the newly formed firm of Morris, Marshall, Faulkner and Company to complete the decoration and stained glass, and the church was consecrated in July 1863.

The windows exhibit designs by William Morris, Sir Edward Burne-Jones, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Philip Webb and Ford Madox Brown, while the pulpit, and east wall are decorated with paintings designed by Rossetti, Morris and Burne-Jones.

The form and furnishings of the church are the product of the medievalism of Victorian art. St Martin’s remains today the physical and spiritual heir to the love of ritual and worship inspired by the Oxford Movement of the 1840s. The church represents an increasingly precious inheritance in art, history and worship.

  • Captivating architecture

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Glorious furnishings

  • National heritage here

  • Social heritage stories

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Accessible toilets in church

  • Café in church

  • Church shop or souvenirs

  • Dog friendly

  • On street parking at church

  • Parking within 250m

  • Ramp or level access available on request

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Steps to enter the church or churchyard

  • Free guided tours every Tuesday and Thursday at 11am, Febraury through to November.

  • Cafe is open every day, Monday to Saturday serving hot and cold beverages and a light lunch menu of hot and cold food. Cafe is closed for selected events and church services.

  • Sunday 9.30 Sung Eucharist. We also offer said services on Tuesday BCP and Wednesday Common Worship.

  • Bereavement Group monthly meetings, first and third Friday afternoon.

  • Craf-tea on a Tuesday afternoon, Craft-shed on a Friday afternoon.

  • Church of England

  • Repair Grant, £10,000, 2007

  • Our Repair Grants funded urgent repair work to help keep churches open.

Contact information

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