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Saint Magnus Cathedral: Tours & Tickets

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St Magnus Cathedral, built from red and yellow sandstone, is of international significance. This ‘fine minster’ took about 300 years to build, the foundations starting in 1137. It was dedicated to Magnus Erlendsson, Earl of Orkney. He shared the...more
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Broad Street, Kirkwall KW15 1NX, Scotland
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Reviewed yesterday

Very interesting and historic building that almost seems out of place on the Orkney Islands. Well worth visiting if you have some spare time in Kirkwall.

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We had some moments of solitude in this historic building Visitors all came in and went pointing to the leaning pillars But the building has stood for hundreds of years even with the weathered exterior The music on Sundays is second to none and I...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago

impressive building with a very exicting History. You Can see the fine art Work and How the weather influensens the building. So beautiful

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

this is one of the many wonders on the beautiful Islands of Orkney. Saint Magnus Cathedral is in Central Kirkwall and an absolute must-see for the visitor. A true five star attraction.

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This Cathedral is worth a visit the architecture inside is wonderful.the tile floor appears to be classic minton. The ambiance of the interior is wonderful and very peaceful. I shall visit again for the peace and quiet of a busy little town.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Steve S
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Cathedral is a viking cathedral from the 1100s. It is a beautiful place to visit. Look out for St Magnus' burial place in the wall near the choir

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This cathedral was founded by a Viking, Earl Rognvald in 1137. It was named for his uncle who was martyred on Orkney. The building is magnificent. It is part of the Church of Scotland, but it is open to all. The walls are extremely thick...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a lovely cathedral in the heart of Kirkwall. Very atmospheric and spiritual. Look closely & you might find the pillar where the remains of St Magnus are interred.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Don C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I loved the interior of this place as it was natural and not plastered over like a lot of old churches. Following the trail of points of interest was fascinating.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Kelcardon
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Even the non religious can’t help to be inspired by this massive landmark in the centre of town since 1137.

Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from mam2seven | Reviewed this property |
Yes you need to book. A maximum of 6 per tour. You won't regret it Its one of the best things i have done an i have lived here most of my life
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Information on services is available on the St Magnus Cathedral website under 'Congregational Information'
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