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Saint Magnus Cathedral

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Address: Broad Street, Kirkwall KW15 1NX, Scotland
Phone Number: 1856874894
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Lovely historical cathedral

well worth a visit, but slightly inaccessible because of difficulty parking. We parked over a kilometre away and got lost going to the cathedral, and then couldn't find where we... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
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Melbourne, Australia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

well worth a visit, but slightly inaccessible because of difficulty parking. We parked over a kilometre away and got lost going to the cathedral, and then couldn't find where we had parked! And this in the low season (February), but well worth doing.

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Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

One of the most beautiful buildings I've ever been in. Attended the Christmas Eve midnight service and loved every moment. Thered sand stone is just stunning. Words just don't do it justice. A must see for every visitor to Orkney.

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Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I am biased as Kirkwall is my home town. Never the less kirkwallian's are proud of there heritage. Showing the significance of the islands in Scottish and Norse history

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Seattle, WA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

The Saint Magnus Cathedral is a must see in Kirkwall. It is an easy walk from many locations within the city. The architecture spans the 12th century to modern times. Even those not usually interested or impressed with Cathedrals will find this a fascinating visit. You may tour the church on your own, or take a guided tour of the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

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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