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Address: Broad Street, Kirkwall KW15 1NX, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1856 874894
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St Magnus Cathedral, built from red and yellow sandstone, is of...

St Magnus Cathedral, built from red and yellow sandstone, is of international significance. This ‘fine minster’ took about 300 years to build, the foundations starting in 1137. It was dedicated to Magnus Erlendsson, Earl of Orkney. He shared the earldom with his cousin, Haakon Paulsson, but jealousy and greed culminated in Magnus being martyred on the island of Egilsay.

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This beautiful old cathedral dates back to the 1100's. The appearance from outside is arresting with bands of different coloured stone. The cathedral was built at a time when... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This beautiful old cathedral dates back to the 1100's. The appearance from outside is arresting with bands of different coloured stone. The cathedral was built at a time when Orkney was under the control of Norway and so is influenced by their culture as well as the Norman influence from English stonemasons who are thought to have worked on it.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Completely interesting, and make sure you get a good guide, like Orkney Uncovered for the stories on the history of the Cathedral, and take the upper floors tour

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited the Orkney Islands in September/October and being a lover of old buildings, church's and places of interest I was overwhelmed with the amount of History Orkney has to offer. Visiting the Cathedral and not knowing much about its past history I had a huge appetite for information on what is most definitely a magnificent building. I found the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our third trip to Orkney and we still find time to visit the cathedral every time. We were in Kirkwall for a week so visited quite a bit. It really is a beautiful building and if you catch it at the right time, the sun not only brings out the colour of the red stonework on the outside... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We really enjoyed learning about the Viking connections. The Cathedral is centrally located and well maintained. Definitely must visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

lovely x just lovely what an amazing place huge stain glass windows. Lovely place to be able to think.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were very fortunate to be there when the Battle of Jutland was being remembered. The cathedral was adorned in poppies which cascaded from a window. Magnificent display. If you are interested in ww1 / 2 history then the ships bell from HMS Royal Oak can be viewed within the cathedral. Well worth a visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2016

This is a must see when you visit Kirkwall the Cathedral is lovely inside and well worth a visit. It's very peaceful and quite and the stained glass windows are amazing!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

Enjoyed visiting such a large and beautiful cathedral. The colour of the sandstone is interesting, especially when you realise that the masons were paid by the block and have left their marks. My sister went on the tour to the top of the cathederal and enjoyed the tour immensely - said it is a must see but numbers are limited... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

Small cathedral but well worth a look. Very interesting history. Nice stained glass windows and lovely architecture and carvings

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