St Mary's church sits in Beverley's Georgian quarter near to the town's North Bar. It is one of the most beautiful parish churches in England although it is often missed by visitors who head straight for Beverley Minster. The church has Norman origin and was founded in 1120. St Mary's is most famous for a carving of a rabbit, which is said to have been the inspiration for the March Hare in Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland.
Other things of interest to see in the church include the unique ceiling of Kings painted in 1446 which represent the Kings of England before that time and the highly decorated ceiling of stars and constellations. The West front of St Mary's is a fine example of late fourteenth century work and may well have influenced that of the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge, which was built more than half a century later.
On special occasions or through advance booking you can see the "priest's rooms" accessed through a small door and spiral staircase and containing all sorts of unusual treasures.