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Saint Magnus Cathedral

Broad Street, Kirkwall KW15 1NX, Scotland
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Ranked #1 of 8 Attractions in Kirkwall
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Religious Sites
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harrogate
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Saint Magnus Cathedral is unique and quirky. It's red sandstone structure is very tactile and pleasing to the eye. The tombstones are embellished with skulls and crossbones and have humour about them. The story of the restoration is equally intriguing. We spent a wet afternoon undercover here and were grateful to the weather for the opportunity to discover more about... More

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Rosemarkie, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

A superb Cathedral with guided tours and occasional tours to the upper regions. Very nice annex with it's Norwegian Library and video of the St Magnus story. Extremely helpful staff.

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Ayr, Scotland
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66 reviews 66 reviews
10 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Suggest you go via the visitor centre which will give you a short film on the cathedral and some of the things to look out for. The cathedral itself gives an impression of austerity, quite in keeping with the hard life that many of its congregation would have led. But it is a must see.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

We were lucky enought o visit this beautiful Cathedral while on a tour with Orkney Uncovered. Just amazing building, we found the vast history from Vikings to present day to be very inetresting. We visited the Cathedral later in our holiday for the Sunday service and it was fantastic.

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Trowbridge Wiltshire
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71 reviews 71 reviews
11 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Well cared for and well worth a visit, informative guides to answer your questions about the history of the building

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New Canaan, Connecticut
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

The cathedral drips history, with its majestic stone wearing away over the centuries, and its magnificent columns holding the edifice together. The historical graves and monuments are moving. We visited on the day of the 55th flower show, which was an added attraction

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The BORDERers
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Amazing building - simple but awe inspiring at the same time. Beautifully looked after and without the commercial push that some cathedrals tend towards. Well worth a quiet hour of reflection whilst visiting Kirkwall.

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Northamptonshire
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23 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Absolutely brilliant - flower festival enhanced the magnificent building Royal Oak bell is on / near Roll of Honour / War memorial

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Adelaide, Australia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

St Magnus cathedral has a presence but a quiet simplicity that reflects it's age and history. Began in 1137, the cathedral links Orkney with it's Viking roots and the ancient Earls. The coloured pinkish stone gives a soft internal light to the cathedral.

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East Midlands
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

this great cathedral is a must see - notice especially the roof, constructed without 'polish' and all the better for it.

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