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Saint Magnus Cathedral

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“red sandstone”(74 reviews)
“stained glass”(44 reviews)
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 2 days ago

If you visit Orkney put this building on your must see list.It is simply magnificent for such a small place. Entry is through front steps and front doors or if infirm by right side entrance door along a short patch.There are staff in the cathedral...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Fascinating red stones, beautiful stained glasses, war hero memorials, beautifully preserved, 17 centuries tiles so interesting to read the details , every single corner is important and worth spending time to observe, the cathedral can be seen from across the town and far distance specially...More

Thank Salmanthegodfather
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is a very large, and beautiful building for a population the size of the Orkneys. Pretty easy parking nearby, set in small but nice gardens. The colour of the stone used is pretty special, even though there is quite a lot of fretting of...More

Thank pakabay
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a magnificent Cathedral and we are very happy that we made the effort to visit. There is a vast amount of history told in the tombstones. The attending staff were very informative and were happy to answer our questions.

Thank HawaiiSeaDog
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a remarkable church, built by Vikings in 1130s and is still going. It belongs to the city and not any particular church and thus escaped the reformation. It is very well preserved and maintained. I urge you to spend a few hours there...More

Thank malagong
Reviewed 5 days ago

Lots of interesting people to read about whose lives are celebrated there or are buried there. Wonderful organ music was being played whilst we visited.

Thank Susi D
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

A warm welcome as I arrived inside the cathedral. I wondered around looking at this building imagining what the people thought of it when it was first erected 800 odd years ago. It certainly hasn't lost any of its wow factor. It is said that...More

Thank beemanjohn
Reviewed 6 days ago

This will not take a lot of time to see, but it is worth to stop in and see this wonderful old building.

Thank Barges867
Reviewed 1 week ago

Date of Visit: Saturday, Sept 1, 2018 in the centre of town you will find this massive and gorgeous cathedral. It is a wonderful bit of architecture, and artistry. You will be in awe of this massive structure. We were unable to enter the day...More

Thank RogueTrippers
Reviewed 1 week ago

Far more impressive inside, and the outsides not bad either! Awesome height and vaulted ceiling. It is old, the architecture is old (column diameters, Norman arches, layers) but in sandstone feels young - think Liverpool cathedral.

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22 June 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'
23 May 2017|
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