St Magnus Cathedral
St Magnus Cathedral, Broad Street, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NX
Contact Details
Tel: (01856) 874894
Opening Hours

1 October – 31 March
Monday - Saturday, from 09:00 - 13:00 and 14:00 - 17:00

Business Description

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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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.
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 by calling 01856 874894.

Vouchers are now available for the upper level tours. They cost £7.50 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.

Picture Credit : Iain Sarjeant/ VisitScotland