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Saint Magnus Cathedral

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Address: Broad Street, Kirkwall KW15 1NX, Scotland
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St Magnus Cathedral, built from red and yellow sandstone, is of...

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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History, now and tomorrow

The past, present and future meet within these walls. Far, far more than an historic building.... in the heart of the community and at the community'service heart

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The past, present and future meet within these walls. Far, far more than an historic building.... in the heart of the community and at the community'service heart

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The cathedral is like a museum - it's very old and a clear reminder of the great age of Orkney civilization. You could sit here for hours absorbing the mood of the place - unforgettable.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A good place for a stop off and a mooch around. A surprisingly magnificent building for such a small place. The stained glass is gorgeous. No upper floor tours currently but I believe they are worth the visit if available.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There is so much to see in the Cathedral and is accessible to Disabled people through a side entrance. Also has toilets in side. The staff are available for questions/advice. For those with a attachment to HMS Royal Oak or just a general interest, there is a memorial book in a glass cabinet under the bell from HMS Royal Oak... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a wonderful place. A beautiful medieval cathedral with fascinating carvings and an interesting history. We only visited briefly but really loved it.

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Orkney Islands, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

St Magnus is the jewell in Orkneys crown! A truly wonderful building, so much history but the tour makes it all SO worth while. Fantastic views from the tower!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On the day we visited there were large paintings being exhibited with religious meaning. Very good. There was a lot to see to get a better understanding of religious history in Orkney

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This church has scenery like no other, with a Witch's tower and headstones with skulls and crossbones. It is walking distance from palace ruins that are equally fascinating.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Great inside the age of some of the headstones are mind blowing never knew how old it is 😉very indeed

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

Open during the day until 5pm. Climb to the top if you don't mind heights. Very interesting place. Have a good day.

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