Saint Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall

4.8
Visit Saint Magnus Cathedral to see a fine example of Romanesque architecture. The Viking, Earl Rognvald, founded the Cathedral in 1137 in honor of his uncle St Magnus. From the outside of the "Light of the North," as the Cathedral is known, admire the sandstone construction. Centuries of weathering have given the site a charm rarely found at other cathedrals. Inside, check out the Stone Manson Marks from the Viking ages, the medieval dungeon, and the ball from the Royal Oak ship sunk by the Germans during World War II. The cathedral still hosts weekly services, weddings, and funerals, so confirm its availability to visitors before you come. For an especially memorable experience, find out when the choir's scheduled to perform. See Saint Magnus Cathedral and all Kirkwall has to offer by arranging your trip with our Kirkwall trip planning app .
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  • this is one of the many wonders on the beautiful Islands of Orkney. Saint Magnus Cathedral is in Central Kirkwall and an absolute must-see for the visitor. A true five star attraction.  more »
  • This Cathedral is worth a visit the architecture inside is wonderful.the tile floor appears to be classic minton. The ambiance of the interior is wonderful and very peaceful. I shall visit again for t...  more »
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  • Really lovely place and not as I expected inside. Built with high, vaulted ceilings and tall pillars, the church was in stone. The pillars were far narrower than I expected but that added to the feeling of being surrounded by the body of the church and concentrating your attention on the stained glass window above the altar. Your honesty is asked for regarding souvenirs and the box awaits your monies. All souvenirs are priced and they are held low, which is nice. All monies go to the restoration fund.
  • This is one of my favorite cathedrals ever!!! And I've been to many in the UK. The behind the scenes tour is FANTASTIC!!! Never saw such amazing views of a Cathedral, and getting to see the bell tower was amazing! Beautiful architecture. Beautiful stained glass. Beautiful cemetery. Beautiful sunset shots here. Fantastic place, and one of the best sites to see in Kirkwall!!
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