Orkney Islands Council
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St Magnus Cathedral

Image of St Magnus Cathedral.

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.

The building is a fine example of a Romano-Gothic Cathedral. In 2007, the Cathedral was highly commended for the ‘Best Historic Attraction – Cathedral/Abbey’ award from the Icons of Scotland magazine.

Address

St Magnus Cathedral

Broad Street

Kirkwall

Orkney

KW15 1NX

Telephone

01856 874894

Opening Times

(Summer opening) 1st Apr – 30th Sep

Mon - Sat, from 09:00 - 18:00 and Sun 13:00 - 18:00.

(Winter opening) 1st Oct – 31st Mar

Mon - Sat, from 09:00 - 13:00 and 14:00 - 17:00 (Cathedral is closed for lunch - 13:00 - 14:00)

Price

Facility is free of charge.

Further Information

Tours of the upper levels of the Cathedral are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11.00 and 14.00. There is a charge for the tours and they must be booked with the Custodian.

Vouchers are now available for the upper level tours. They cost £7.25 each and the tour can be booked at any time throughout the year. They make an excellent and unusual gift! The vouchers can be purchased from the Custodians at the Cathedral. Please see a sample of the voucher below.

 

Image of a sample of the Gift Voucher.

 

 

A link to the St Magnus Cathedral Twitter page is available from the Related Sites section of the page.

 

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