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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
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Reviewed yesterday

The bell from the ill fated HMS Royal Oak is worth looking at. Entrance to the Cathedral was a little challenging to find - a side door along the side. Car parking quite close by so no problems there. The end stained glass window is...More

Thank Cedric H
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The Size of the building is quite breath taking , you cant tell Oilver Cromwell did not get this far north as many of the old parts of the church have remained undamaged.

Thank Andrew R
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Wonderful site, well worth a visit. Lots to discover if you look hard enough, or speak to one of the very knowledgeable guides

Thank Hayley S
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The interior is very beautiful and unique. The grounds are peaceful and the cemetery is interesting to read the headstones.

Thank IndyTraveler070
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Most Catholic Cathedral s in Scotland were destroyed during reconstruction so it is interesting this one survived. It is very large and graceful, yet simple and clean in its decoration. A calm and quiet space.

Thank MarinaMay
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Old and interesting history. Beautiful interior and the surrounding cemetery is interesting to check out the head stones.

Thank spikenails
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This has to be one of the most peaceful cathedrals I’ve visited mainly because there was no cruise boat in Kirkwall that day. I’m glad someone has tried to tidy up the grave yard, it was in a terrible state on my last visit

Thank orkney90
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The St. Magnus Cathedral is definitely worth visiting while in Orkney, since it highlights a key part of the island group's history with the Earls of Orkney and Viking rule. I would also highly recommend visiting the visitor's centre and viewing the video before your...More

Thank Jane L
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is a drop dead gorgeous cathedral! The stained glass is out of this world! This is still an active church I believe so make sure to not be disruptive. You're in a church either way so being well behaved should be automatic. Make sure...More

Thank kristinvic2ria
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Cathedral has interesting architecture and is worth a visit for this alone, but it is also remarkable that it's history dates back to the 12th century. There is still tranquility to be found here, despite visitors, and it is worth attending one of the...More

Thank David P
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heathersU1690KE
22 June 2018|
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Response from Guy F | Reviewed this property |
Yes, best to book. The tour is restricted to a small number and I was too late.
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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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