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Saint Magnus Cathedral

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Address: Broad Street, Kirkwall KW15 1NX, Scotland
Phone Number: 441856874894
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Every time I visit Kirkwall I always visit the cathedral. The building is stunning outside but the inside is full of beauty, peace and lots of history. The guided tours are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Every time I visit Kirkwall I always visit the cathedral. The building is stunning outside but the inside is full of beauty, peace and lots of history. The guided tours are fabulous and available in many languages. If not loose yourself walking round the building looking at the statues, plaques and information all about this stunning building .

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So glad you appreciate the peace, beauty and history of this wonderful building. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited Saint Magnus late in the afternoon, and were struck by the light passing through the rose window and landing on the pink stone - it was quite a magical experience. I paused for some time before the memorial to the crew of HMS Royal Oak, sunk at Scapa Flow in 1939, and explored the relics, tombstones and memorials... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I just loved this cathedral in Kirkwall and went 2 times for photography. ..must visit and almost all cathedrals across Europe i saw are gorgeous Gothic

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have seen a lot of cathedrals but this cathedral is very special. It is a lot older than many we have seen and has so many beautiful features. And it has a real air of serenity. We would go again

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

A worthwhile stop if you're traveling the island. Historical artifacts show the centuries of development of the local cultural

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

Students of Arctic exploration will be interested to see the grave of John Rae in the back right hand corner of Saint Magnus Cathedral. Rae discovered the fate of the 1845 Franklin expedition and was ostracized for suggesting that cannibalism played a role with the starving survivors.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

We were lucky to have a professional guide from Orkney Uncovered with us when we visited Saint Magnus Cathedral, and it was a very quiet off-season day, so we had the place to ourselves. I particularly enjoyed reading the grave makers in the walls and on the floor.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015 via mobile

Brilliant magnificent humbling This Cathedral is inspiring located in the centre of Kirkwall Warm friendly and welcoming You must visit

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

The St Magnus Cathedral is visible from all over Kirkwall and is well worth a visit. It is an easy walk from the inter-island ferry terminal but not so from the cruise ship/coastal ferry docks The interior requires a very leisurely pace to pick up the details. Visit the Cathedral Visitor's center first if possible to get the historical context.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

wonderful time visiting here - beautiful cathedral in rose coloured stone. Very poignant seeing the memorial to the sinking of the Royal Oak. Tours now being run to climb up and out onto the tower roof - not for the faint hearted or I didn't try it but husband went up and said it was well worth it to see... More 

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