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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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You must do the Upper Levels tour

You need to book in advance. It's on Tuesday's and Thursday's in small parties. It takes 1.5 hours with a guide and you need to be fairly slim and agile for the staircases and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Epsom, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

You need to book in advance. It's on Tuesday's and Thursday's in small parties. It takes 1.5 hours with a guide and you need to be fairly slim and agile for the staircases and passage ways. We went with Marita, a former curator, and learnt so much about the history, renovations and stories of the Cathedral and its importance to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

This was our second visit to Saint Mangus Cathedral, you could spend a full afternoon admiring the architecture & reading the grave stones. This visit I asked the staff for some help to find my great great uncles name in the remembrance book for the Royal oak. The staff were more than helpful & very informative. A must if visiting... More 

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Coventry, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Magnificent architecture. Very moving tomb of maligned explorer John Rae. Don't miss the free explanatory film at the Community Center, just up the hill. The post-denominational worship service (though it is Church of Scotland) was lively and very inclusive, not dry as dust, and managed to covey a sense of intimacy, despite the large space.

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Brighton
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Really worth a visit as it contains some amazing stained-glass windows, ancient tombs and the bell from the Royal George..

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Whangarei, NZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

St Magnus Cathedral known as the 'Light in the North' was founded in 1137 by the Viking, Earl Rognvald, in honour of his uncle St Magnus. The Cathedral, the most northerly in Britain, belongs to the people of Orkney and its doors are open to everyone. It is set in the heart of Kirkwall, the capital of the Orkney Islands,... More 

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Boston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

What a superb building with a fascinating history and a very interesting story to tell combined with superb architecture. So much to see and the pamphlet is so full of that knowledge.

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Thurso, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

A lovely place to visit. Full of interesting history. We had the kids so didn't get to fully appreciate it though they did enjoy walking around it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Best in the early morning or late afternoon after the cruise ship tours have left. Look for the markings of the stone masons while you are in there.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Well worth visiting this cathedral. Interesting stained glass windows and wood carvings on the pews. Very peaceful

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Alford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Any visit to Kirkwall should include the St Magnus Cathedral. However take a trip around the corner to the St Magnus Cathedral community exhibition which gives you a decent outline of the Cathedrals history and prepares you for the visit to the cathedral itself. Inside the cathedral there is a handy leaflet available in various languages which guide you through... More 

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