Saint Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall

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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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  • Very beautiful Cathedral. Many old tombstones in the Interior. Fair as the tour of the cemetery.
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  • Saint Magnus Cathedral is a beautiful structure located near many other tourist attractions. We did not go inside, but I was happy we had the opportunity to view it from outside.  more »
  • When you come to the small islands of Orkney you dont expect to meet a church of this size, its really big for such a small island.  more »
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  • St Magnus is a lovely and peaceful place at the heart of Kirkwall. There are larger cathedrals in the UK, but the setting and Viking heritage give the it an atmosphere all of its own. For a local eatery (and music), try the Reel. We also popped around the side of the Cathedral where we found a quiet chapel and a library. This would be a delightful place for a retreat, as well as a visit.
  • One of tbe best cathedrals ever visited and yes I've seen a lot. Ancient amazingly decorated sandstone, tombstones, and an absence of glorification of the personnel unlike other places I have seen. Nordic in character. Worth the trip.
  • The tour of St Magnus is not to be missed. For anyone with a head for heights it's a wonderful experience. The guides are amazing.
  • Important history and very friendly knowledgeable guides. Once you have seen it there are great books in the shop next door.
  • A beautiful and ancient cathedral. Highly recommend booking a tour of the upper levels. You get unprecedented access inside, and stunning panoramic views of Kirkwall from outside.
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