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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 3 days ago via mobile

As cathedral go, this is a spectacular one... The architecture is breathtaking... Lots of famous names remembered inside and outside the building. It’s history, just go see it...

Thank Jan M
Reviewed 3 days ago

I popped in here while I was walking past as it looked lovely from the outside. I was not disappointed when I went inside. There is so much to wander around and look at and you don't have to be in to religion to appreciate...More

Thank stephen b
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The cathedral in Kirkwall is a must-see attraction. Inside and outside it’s very beautiful. It’s the centre of Kirkwall life and all events start here right on the Main Street. Take some time to be peaceful and quiet in this special space.

Thank stella1001
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Stunning cathedral beautiful stained glass and lots of character steeped with history well worth a visit

Thank David-and-Anne-S
Reviewed 6 days ago

The St. Magnus Cathedral dominates the Kirkwall "Skyline". Construction of this very impressive church commenced way back in the 14th century using relatively soft red sandstone. The deterioration of the sandstone by the elements is very apparent on the outside of the building. The enormous...More

Thank Shaked007
Reviewed 6 days ago

Our visit to the cathedral was after the Sunday service. The place was very busy as people were waiting for the congregation to leave. Fabulous inside this lovely church with lots to see. Loads of history and some very interesting things to look at. Well...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Impeccable condition for its age, a magnificent and sacred space. Beautiful choir and a great message from the clergyman.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Saint Magnus Cathedral is located in Kirkwall in the Orkney Islands. It is a gorgeous church that contains the bell of the HMAS Oak which was sunk off the Orkney Islands during WW2. A great church to wander around with lovely artwork and stained...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

So much history, old and new. You can spend a long time viewing all the history of the Cathedral. Enthralling.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

So many cathedrals were destroyed at the time of the protestant reformation, but being so isolated probably helped this ancient building from looting and destruction. The history of this place goes back many hundreds of years and includes the Vikings and their ancestors. Situated in...More

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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.
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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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