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Saint Magnus Cathedral

Broad Street, Kirkwall KW15 1NX, Scotland
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Ranked #1 of 7 attractions in Kirkwall
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Religious Sites
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Victoria, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Spend some time both inside and out in the graveyard, dates from Julian and Gregorian calendars; look for Feb 30. And too many children.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This cathedral is incredible to find in Orkney! It is especially moving if there is a service on. The visitors book is always full of names of people who have literally travelled from all over the world and are blown away by this place.

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Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I recommend visiting the St Magnus Centre, and it's Cathedral Visitor Centre first, which is 100 yards up the hill from the main entrance, before viewing the cathedral; they will show you a 15min video on the history of the cathedral and the story of St Magnus. There is also a cafe and toilets in the centre and there is... More

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Glasgow
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39 reviews 39 reviews
7 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

It is possible to take a tour of the upper reaches of the cathedral and a very interesting tour it is as well. There is a cost and you do have to book in advance as 6 people is the maximum in the group. If you don't like heights, steep stairs and narrow passageways then perhaps you shouldn't go but... More

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Andover, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

St Magnus cathedral is a beautiful place to spend time and wander round and it is free to do so. However, there is a tour (extra charge) with a guide of the upper parts of the cathedral. It really is worth the money, if only for the view outside at the very top. Luckily we had a sunny day and... More

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

This is a beautiful cathedral. Unfortunately we were short on time so couldn't spend as much time as we would have liked. The art that was exhibited was particularly impressive, this is a temporary display but really worth making the effort to see. A very large cathedral given the size of the town but so beautiful, you can see why... More

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Bremerton
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4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Only had a few minutes because they needed to set up for a wedding. We were not told that until we arrived in the chapel itself (after watching their movie at the visitor station). Would have come back for the movie if we were told time was short. But the 5 minute rush through was nice to see.

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New York City, New York
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8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

You must stop in and see all of the history here!! The cathedral is breathtakingly beautiful. Presently, there is also an art exhibition within.

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Kent
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339 reviews 339 reviews
131 attraction reviews
151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

We visited the cathedral - Viking gothic architecture. Quite long, then we were told that the larger part was used for secular purposes and not consecrated - market, accommodation for people coming in from other islands etc.

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Brentwood, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

The outside of the building is magnificent and imposing. There are some very interesting carvings inside but we were disappointed not to be able to go upstairs unless on a guided tour, which was fully booked.

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