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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

This cathedral is dedicated to the martyr St. Magnus and has a very long history. It has both Romanesque and Gothic style elements. Well worth the visit as it takes you back to the early history of the island.

Thank jer b
Reviewed 2 days ago

In the heart of Kirkwall, this medieval cathedral is a place one would not want to miss. It has its own charm for being "humble" and offers people a peaceful mind in walking around, including the graveyard.

Thank Kwok Fai L
Reviewed 2 days ago

lovely red sandstone building, very imposing.Lots to see inside, lovely windows,lots if information.

Thank SALLY-M2014solo
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The cathedral dominates the town and is magnificent in sandstone. It is unusual in that it is mostly original and has some unusual gravestones and features including its own prison cell. Try to hear some music in the cathedral as the acoustics are incredible. The...More

Thank Sam3314
Reviewed 2 days ago

Oh my! This cathedral has it all, long and interesting history, ancient construction still evident, multi-faceted beauty, and it is still very much an evolving and active house of worship. We were amazed with the depth of the unique history of St Magnus, which we...More

Thank ckenn_tx
Reviewed 2 days ago

Don't miss any part of this amazing building - there are tours which is the best way to appreciate the best of the cathedral. Its routed in the middle ages but has been rebuilt more than once. Its now mostly red sandstone which looks like...More

Thank Grizz372387
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Lovely venue provides respite from inclement weather. Interesting collection of old grave stones around the walls, some dating back to 16th century. Porch area one of few places I could find a mobile signal in the town!

Thank georginams2016
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is a stunning cathedral built in medieval ages. Tours of the upper level available only on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Thank Fradipiet
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A huge building in the heart of Kirkwall whose spire stands out for miles there are some reasonably modern but visually stunning stained glass windows. Well worth a visit.

Thank Phil P
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

what a fantastic building when we arrived there was a music rehearsal in progress with a number of instruments being played- just magical in this setting a stunning building dont miss it

Thank RhosOnSeaPeter
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Judith B
Is the cathedral within walking distance from where the cruise ships are docked?
22 May 2017|
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Caroline I
What are the days and times that the Cathedral is open?
9 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
Is a self-guided walking tour available of the cathedral (a pamphlet or something)? If not, how does one arrange to take a guided walking tour as you did? Also, do you know if self-guided walking tour of Kirkwall is possible (pamphlet, guidebook, etc)? Thanks.
3 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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