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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 via mobile

Beautiful place to visit lot's to see and learn free to enter but put some money in the box. Well worth a visit

Thank David R
Reviewed 5 days ago

After having spent a good while looking at the beautiful details of St Magnus Cathedral, we booked to go on the tour of the upper levels of the tower and steeple. Our guide had an excellent knowledge of and passion for the history of the...More

Thank David T
Reviewed 1 week ago

Cathedrals in Northern Europe are massive, filled with plaques and statues of humans, saints and not so saintly humans at times. The atmosphere of ages past is evident . There were no guides and the written guide was thin. It was well worth a hour...More

Thank slarson127
Reviewed 1 week ago

amazing building in Kirkwall twn centre beautiful streets and the cathederal is unreal,it is a must see if visiting the twn

Thank paulsuggitt
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a lovely impressive cathedral. Very old, very interesting. Brilliant old tombstones inside. Should definitely visit!

Thank 568alisonh
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

St Magnus is an imposing and magnificent building in the heart of Kirkwall. Built in the 1100s, it has been added to and restored but retains its Romanesque charm. It is also the only church not owned by the Church, but belongs to the people...More

Thank Jacqui M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just enough time for us to do the highlights tour. Feels old and full of history. It is well worth a visit.

Thank JanandMik
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We chose a wet day to visit the Kirkwall attractions as these are mostly inside. A large cruise ship was also in so it was full - compare it to St Paul's or the Vatican. Not quite as spectacular but very near and a must...More

Thank John B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Such a beautiful, old church with a welcoming entrance. We walked in as we passed by and were fascinated with the external age, wonderful interior and ready information. Awe inspiring.

Thank dan4dd
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Definitely worth an hour or two especially if you follow their guide and look for the great variety within the Cathedral.

Thank wales65
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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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