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Saint Magnus Cathedral

Address: Broad Street, Kirkwall KW15 1NX, Scotland
Phone Number: 1856874894
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Ranked #1 of 8 Attractions in Kirkwall
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

Thsi cathedral is so worth a visit as it was built almost a thousand years ago by the Vikings and even with its bare red stone it has a sense of warmth and peace inside. Great to take the edge off and relax.

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Nashua, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

As a building it's only mildly interesting, plenty of towns have churches about that size. You have to know some of the history before you can appreciate how big it is for the time it was built and how far away from the rest of the 'civilized' world it was at that time. The inside tour is well worth the... More 

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Christchurch, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 via mobile

Some churches have that certain something, an atmosphere of peace and tranquility. I have visited at different times of year and whatever is happening outside the peace inside just seems to radiate. I am not writing this as a strong believer but as someone who appreciates architecture and a sense of community. The church is beautifully designed and appropriately lit,... More 

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Lynge, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

You clearly feel the history gone by when you visit the cathedral. To be in a church that is founded by vikings is a very special experience. This and Orkney in general is a must-visit at least once in a lifetime.

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Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We were married here in 1983 [the new seats are much more comfortable]. If you wander round the perimeter, there are numerous treasures to encounter, such as the bell from HMS Ark Royal [sunk in Scapa Flow in WW2], or the recumbent memorial of Dr John Rae who discovered the missing link to the North West passage and the fate... More 

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Sugar Land, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014 via mobile

We went there while staying in Kirkwall. It rivals many of the other cathedrals you see else where. It is well worth seeing.

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Sandwick, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

this is well worth the visit, we are Orcadian's living in Orkney and dreamt of getting married in the Cathedral since I was small. this is a beautifull building that is the Jewel in Kirkwalls crown, there is an interesting story that surrounds the Cathederal like there will be many of this age, the stained glass windows are georgous esp... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Our party visited here as part of a private tour and all we can say is that Magnus Cathedral is the jewel in Orkneys crown. It was a very busy day and we found peace and tranquility in this beautiful ancient cathedral.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

This building is impressive in age and stature. It was a wet, windy day, so a reprieve and short tour inside was as interesting as viewing outside. Marveling at several of the 250 yr old tombs inside.

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Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

There is so much to see in St Magnus and if there is a custodian around, or you go with a tour guide, there are plenty of stories and information to keep you here for a good amount of time. The upstairs tour is also well worth doing and on a nice day the views once you reach the spire... More 

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