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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, Cultural
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Sandwick, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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64 reviews 64 reviews
30 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
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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41 reviews 41 reviews
6 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
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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Harleysville, Pennsylvania
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21 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

A beautiful building with a lot of history. We spent quite a bit of time both inside and out reading tomb inscriptions. Exceptionally well-preserved considering its age.

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Minnesota
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68 reviews 68 reviews
34 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

St. Magnus offers tours, and we highly recommend that you schedule one. I particularly like to see the stone masons' marks, and they are hard to find without guidance. Also, if you want to go up "to the top" you can only go with a guide. This is not for the unfit or claustrophobic - but definitely worth the climb.... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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18 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

St. Magnus Cathedral was one of the reasons why I visited Orkney. On the afternoon of my arrival in Kirkwall I went to visit St. Magnus. I had booked in for the 2pm Cathedral tower tour. This was booked before I left Australia. The tour was very informative. We were taken into the upper galleries of the Cathedral. We had... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Lot of history here. Go inside and research the available displays. be sure to visit the gravestones too.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Amazing and parishioners were very welcoming, A gem. Attended a service there. Impressive-a must see

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Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

There is a short film on the history at the visitor centre that is should be seen before visiting the cathedral. The Cathedral itself is beautiful and peaceful.

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