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Saint Magnus Cathedral

Broad Street, Kirkwall KW15 1NX, Scotland
+44 1856 874894
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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 earldom with his cousin, Haakon Paulsson, but jealousy and greed culminated in Magnus being martyred on the island of Egilsay.
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Broad Street, Kirkwall KW15 1NX, Scotland
+44 1856 874894
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Historical and well worth a visit. If you are there around Christmas there are a number of choral presentations.

Thank Peter H
Reviewed 1 week ago

The cathedral is quite stunning, either in or out. Sadly, the sandstone exterior carvings have suffered from the rains, but then I would too, if I had to stand outside for 800 years! I have not taken the guided tour up into the gallery of...More

Thank TheJockDiplomat
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This cathedral is set in the heart of Kirkwall and is a must when visiting due to the the beautiful architecture, sandstone, stained glass windows and all the history which goes with the building.

Thank Love2travel8890
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This Cathedral is the central place in Kirkwall as it has been for centuries. The interior is a must see, and the burial areas are interesting, even if you are not a taphophile. Parades and events are conducted in the square just below the front...More

Thank FloydBaran
Reviewed 12 December 2017

Wow! Amazing architecture and history, easily accessible and just totally beautiful. A real gem that is available to everyone.

Thank LindsayTonner124
Reviewed 4 December 2017

An amazing cathedral. We did a self tour (be sure to grab a pamphlet to highlight areas of interest) which was fine for us as we didn't have much time. I was in awe at the details, and the history.

Reviewed 30 November 2017

I love the ruggedness of this place, and the beauty of its red stone. Its intimate, and fits in so well with the surrounding ruins and active life of Kirkwall. I like staying at B&Bs within a few steps of the Cathedral, and waking up...More

Thank SteveS999
Reviewed 19 November 2017

Just across from the ruins of the Bishop's and Earl's Palaces, stands St. Magnus Cathedral. Be sure to pick up a brochure on the cathedral so you will not miss all the historic features. There is a memorial to Dr. John Rae who discovered the...More

Thank Trainbook
Reviewed 17 November 2017 via mobile

St. Magnus is an awe inspiring example of Norwegian influence on the Orkneys. Tall and thick standing against a constant wind. Still functional we witnessed a beautiful Scottish wedding Piper and all. The inside reflects the pride the Orcadians have in maintaining the history while...More

Thank Jay K
Reviewed 16 November 2017

We had only an hour in town so I was on the hunt for a special restaurant for lunch and didn't stick around for a tour of the church. It is beautiful and would encourage others to at least walk in ad be inspired with...More

Thank vjv2007
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Judith B
23 May 2017|
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Caroline I
10 August 2015|
Response from selkiesave |
Monday - Saturday April - September 9am - 6pm Sunday 1pm - 6pm Sunday - Church service - 11.15 - 12.30 Monday - Saturday October - March 9am - 1pm + 2pm - 5pm Upper level tours throughout the year every Tuesday and Thursday... More
Jeffrey A
4 February 2015|
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Response from AllyBlue78 | Reviewed this property |
yes, you can do a self-guided walking. with a lonely planet and a map you'd have all the information you need. otherwise you can do a one day tour, for example with: Great_Orkney_Tours_Private_Day_Tours i did it the 1st... More
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