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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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"red sandstone"
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"beautiful building"
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"stained glass"
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A magnificent example of Romanesque architecture that safeguards many historical narratives. Everywhere I walked in Kirkwall, St. Magnus was visible, beckoning travelers to stop by. For us, serendipity played a hand in our visit. On Thursday afternoons, there is a tour that leads to the...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

St. Magnus Cathedral is one of the wonderful attraction in Kirkwall, Orkney. The place is well preserved, not only from the outside, but also inside of it. Plus entering there is absolutely for free. The Cathedral is quite spacious that it can accommodate many people,...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Unusually the Cathedral belongs to the people and not to the church so an extra level of engagement support by a nearby community centre showing a 15 min film on St Magnus and the cathedral. Beautifully 12th Century building of local sandstone makes it a...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

We spent quite a time looking at this great church, very interesting, great information card gives a lot of detail and the volunteers provided that extra knowledge. Do not miss this on you visit to the Orkney's.

Thank Julie P
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Lots of pious people commemorated here with their flagstone. A real asset for Kirkwall and Orkney. Easy to get to by foot from most of the City’s central accommodation providers. Orkney’s enticing past (bloody or otherwise) is evident inside this majestic building

Thank Tim M
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

And great history! We were also lucky enough to come along on a guided tour of the bell tower. A quite rare combination of Viking/Church/Scottish history.

Thank Terje O
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Yes! Viking Cathedral. I have never seen an ecclesiastical building quite so atmospheric as this reddish brown sandstone Cathedral. Founded in 1137 by Viking, Earl Rognvald, this Cathedral is still central to Kirkwall life today. The impressive stained glass windows really stand out against the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I never quite understand how the Church of Scotland has cathedrals as it doesn't have Bishops. Maybe I'm thinking too hard. This place reeks of history and sanctity, it has been a place of worship for a millennium and you can feel that as you...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

As part of a ten day bus tour of Scotland, we spent about a half hour here with a local guide. Was not enough time to see everything. Very beautiful cathedral with an extremely interesting history. Would love to come back and really take our...More

Thank Chris H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful sandstone building in the heart of Kirkwall, loved and used every day by local folk and visitors alike. The Custodians are a wealth of information, with stories about the building from its erection by the Norsemen who ruled Orkney for 600 years, to the...More

Thank Mara T
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Information on services is available on the St Magnus Cathedral website under 'Congregational Information'
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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
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