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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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Wonderful building in the centre of Kirkwall, easy to find and full of interesting historical facts about the local area. The structure of the Cathedral is imposing and unusual... read more

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Colwyn Bay, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Wonderful building in the centre of Kirkwall, easy to find and full of interesting historical facts about the local area. The structure of the Cathedral is imposing and unusual due to the stone used to construct the building. Well worth a visit!

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College Station, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The beautiful cathedral is in the center of the town. We recommend the tour of the church. The small group (around 7 and costs a few pounds) is led by a knowledgeable guide following the small passageways throughout the church including the bell tower. Wonderful visit.

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Bromley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The cathedral is vast and inspiring, made of local red sandstone. It's not highly ornate, but has some nice stained glass. There is a memorial to the Royal Oak on one side, and some interesting modern wooden sculptures at the altar. It's one of the most atmospheric cathedrals I've visited, and I loved it.

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Tain, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The building is stunning. I went in thinking it was "just a cathedral " but no, the place is amazing. From the massive pillars to the ornate carvings this place is beautiful.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Saint Magnus Cathedral was part of our tour with Orkney Uncovered as well we did a separate 'tour' that is only offered 2 days a week that takes you through the inner workings of the Cathedral with an amazing sky level view at the end. This place is so full of history you MUST have a local help you experience... More 

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Perth
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I believe construction of this cathedral began in 1137. It is wonderfully classic architecture. The history inside that covers several centuries has to be seen. Guides were at the entry and very friendly, helpful and proud of their cathedral.

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Newcastle, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I was awed by the fact that this place is 900 years old, considering the size, height and masonry work. Can't imagine how they did it.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Saint Magnus Cathedral is known as the Light of the North'. I am not sure why but the stunningly bright red sandstone may have something to do with it. This is a must see when in Kirkwall.

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Montrose, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a great old Cathedral that was left untouched by the Reformation. There is a lot of great history inside.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Read up a little of the history of this cathedral and of the other amazing building on Duncan Street before visiting and your experience will be all the richer for your extra knowledge. I have made seven trips to Orkney Islands from Australia and continue to be amazed with the history of the islands.

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