St Martin on the Hill

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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.

Michael Hall in his Book "George Frederick Bodley and the Later Gothic Revival in Britain and America", 2014, states: “Each window, like the elements of the church’s painted decorations, demands detailed individual appraisal, like a visit to an art gallery.....St. Martin’s is the first church of the Gothic revival where this is the case.”

In the relationship between architecture and decoration, St. Martin’s comes close to the artistic coherence demanded by Pugin and by Morris, due in large part to the superb range of Morris glass. It fulfils the wish of another Victorian architect, J. L. Pearson, that the whole effect of a church should to to bring one to one’s knees in prayer and thanksgiving.

Beggars Belief Cafe now open every day from 11am-4pm except Sundays selling hot and cold beverages, light lunches inc soups, quiches, sandwiches, cakes and other options - Dogs welcome.

Disabled access through South porch.

Two toilets located in the church, one with disabled facilities plus baby changing unit.

Free guided fully informative tours Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11am, lasting about 1 hour, merchandise about the church available for purchase

Lady Chapel available for private prayer and reflection


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  • Assistance dogs welcome
  • Disabled access

Booking & Payment Details

  • Free Entry


  • On-site catering - Beggars Belief café open 6 days 11am - 4pm
  • On-site light refreshments - Hot/cold beverages, light lunches, cakes


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome

COVID-19 Response

  • Clear signage
  • COVID-19 measures in place
  • Face masks available for visitors
  • Hand sanitizer available to visitors & staff
  • Outside seating
  • Pets welcome during COVID-19 restrictions
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands


  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Guided tours for groups - Free on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 11am


  • Free Parking - Free parking Disc zone
  • Parking with charge - Pay & Display off street parking adjacent to church

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Albion Road connects easily to the A165 (Filey) Road.From the town centre (Railway Station) take the A165 towards Filey and Bridlington. Cross The Valley Bridge and, after the traffic lights at the end of the bridge, climb a short hill to take the second turning left onto Albion Road. The church will be clearly visible.Sat Nav users "1 St. Martin's Avenue, Scarborough, YO11 2DD" is near the main entrance is on the south side of the church on St. Martin's Avenue. Latitude: 54.27471181, Longitude: -0.40127134. Street parking for 3 hours 0900 - 1700.Accessible by Public Transport: Scarborough station is 0.5 miles away.

St Martin-On-The-Hill

Type:Sightseeing Attraction

Albion Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 2DD
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  • Other AwardsSelf-assessed Accessibility Information Self-assessed Accessibility Information 2020
  • Membership SchemeDiscover Yorkshire Coast – Silver Member Discover Yorkshire Coast – Silver Member 2021

Opening Times

Church Viewings & Beggars Belief Cafe (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)
Monday - Saturday11:00 - 16:00

* Open every day from 11am - 4pm except Sundays when Eucharist (service) takes place at 11am

For Guided Tours please contact:

Worship times affect opening times, please check the website for details of services.

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