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Saint Magnus Cathedral

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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 1 week ago

The most northerly cathedral in the U.K, totally magnificent! A prebooked tour will take you round all the nooks and crannies with a witty and well informed guide. A must when in Kirkwall.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank maggierob19
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Only had a short time here as stopped off on way back to ferry. Centrally located in the middle of Kirkwall. Stunning stain glass windows and amazing columns . So much work over such a long period of time to create such a beautiful building....More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 6 December 2018

Right in the centre of Kirkwall & well worth a look around/inside. Ideal location close to shopping.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank GrandadScotland
Reviewed 5 December 2018

Lovely Saint Magnus cathedral, well worth visiting, would visit a second time if the opportunity arose

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank moonshines
Reviewed 19 November 2018

Left over from the middle ages? What a beautiful cathedral. It was actually begun in 1137 and added to over thew next 300 years. Just to stand in a building that old and think of it's beginning is inspiring. The stained glass and columns are...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Maldenpa
Reviewed 13 November 2018

The building is a fine example of a Romano-Gothic Cathedral. In 2007, the Cathedral was highly commended for the ‘Best Historic Attraction – Cathedral/Abbey’ award from the Icons of Scotland magazine. Tours of the upper levels of the Cathedral are available on Thursdays and Saturdays...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Margarita R
Reviewed 11 November 2018

This mediëval cathedral is a must see in Orkney. It's location is very nice, in the town center. Inside it is quite dark because of the thick walls and pillars, but also very quiet and sacred. A nice place to just sit and relax for...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Sonnie2403
Reviewed 7 November 2018

Wonderful place to visit lots of history with good information to read. Would highly recommend this as a place to visit.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank dave c
Reviewed 7 November 2018

A beautiful Cathedral to visit and across the road is a museum you could easy spent all day looking around

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Carole A
Reviewed 6 November 2018 via mobile

Wow, we were blown away with this, visited a lot of cathedrals but this takes the top prize. Its something magnificent to find and explore

Date of experience: July 2018
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Response from Trisha_Elliott | Reviewed this property |
We didn’t go up. I think they said it was Tuesdays, and so it ended up not fitting with our plans. (A Wednesday to Sunday trip!) I’ve a feeling it might also be Saturdays too. Just ask, the people are lovely.
7 May 2018|
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Response from OrkneyMuseums | Property representative |
Information on services is available on the St Magnus Cathedral website under 'Congregational Information'
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