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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
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Type: Historic Sites, Religious Sites
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pinner
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55 reviews 55 reviews
3 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

This was a great tour of the upstairs area of the Cathedral. You see things from a different perspective, hear about the history and climb up to the very top. Not for those who don't like heights or rickerty stairs, but we were warned. Excellent experience.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

It was a great venue to visit, especially when they had the reading of Njal Saga and choir singing. A beautiful historic site that must be visited, especially the centre next to it

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Luanda
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10 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Pick up the free leaflet inside as you start, not just before you leave!! I saw lots but the leaflet explains a lot more.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Although built over several centuries and with several restorations the cathedral is a magnificent structure. Sympathetc interior lighting shows the inside to optimum effect. This is apparently the only Romanesque cathedral in Scotland, built by the Norse in the early 12th century. Noteworthy is the memorial to the explorer John Rae who discovered the North West passage and plaque to... More

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HARBOR SPRINGS
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

The Cathedral is just beautiful and overlooks the area which is very quaint with lots of nice shops and pedestrian walk areas.

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Great way to spend a spare 30 minutes in Kirkwall and easy to walk to from shuttle bus stop. The cathedral was built by the Vikings and still sits proudly overlooking Kirkwall today. Was busy when we visited so would probably recommend arriving there early.

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014 via mobile

I can't really understand the average reviews of St Magnus cathedral. There is nothing average about it. Considering its location in what is really a small town in the far north, its a magnificent building. Anyone visiting should do the high level tour on Tuesdays or Thursdays, its a real eye opener.

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Oswaldtwistle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Interesting but so calm and peaceful, was able to just stroll around this amazingly beautiful building

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Melbourne Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

This Cathedral is stunnng the volunteers working there were knowledgeable and interesting to talk to - allow plenty of time and also visit the historical buildings across the street

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

We loved St Magnus Cathedral. Our guide from Orkney Uncovered gave us a behind the scenes tour of the Cathedral. We even saw a number of Viking writings. Really impressive.

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