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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 yesterday

Magnificent cathedral a must when visiting Orkney beautiful windows Many old tombs just a wonderful,place to visit

Thank judith b
Reviewed 2 days ago

While waiting for our driver, we wandered into St. Magnus Cathedral. A true and wonderful find. The history and the architecture made it worthwhile and the self guided tour highlighted the key points. Such a historic site. Do not miss it if you are in...More

Thank Herluf L
Reviewed 3 days ago

While small compared to other Cathedrals throughout Europe it is amazingly large for such a remote area and population size. It's history is interesting and the architecture has a different feel than many other places. Worth a stop and visit when you are strolling through...More

Thank RC30319
Reviewed 4 days ago

Some places and spaces are just special. This is one of them. It is not the kind of place where you have to rely on the staff, but if you do need the custodians, they couldn't me more helpful or knowledgeable.

Thank Julian319
Reviewed 4 days ago

This fascinating small "cathedral" dates back to the beginning of the 12th century and is dedicated to the Martyr of St Magnus. It is built in Romanesque and Norman style with heavy stone pillars that give it a bit of a claustrophobic feel. The nave...More

Thank Philip M
Reviewed 6 days ago

I have visited many of the UK cathedrals- Wells, Coventry, Canterbury, Salisbury-, but St. Magnus ranks near the top with its diverse and rich history. I would have thought that the red sand stone would have been much more vulnerable to weathering, but it has...More

Thank Lorenz S
Reviewed 1 week ago

has some interesting history. If you are into churches you will probably want to visit. large old cemetery, though no really old headstones that I could find.

Thank world-gypsy-gal
Reviewed 1 week ago

loved this church - I am not religious, but this place is special & beautiful. the workmanship is good & unusual too. lots of 17c gravestones with inscriptions explained, tis a special place

Thank Arramattic
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Take a walk around and be sure to read the memorial plaques--despite some spelling changes you can read the Old English. The architecture is transitional between Romanesque and Gothic, and it's huge for the size of the town.

Thank Cynthiared
Reviewed 1 week ago

Another example of... "They don't build them like that any more." Well worth a visit...if only to see the quality of workmanship from a byegone age.

Thank TheTerraNovas
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Judith B
23 May 2017|
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Caroline I
10 August 2015|
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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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