St Magnus Cathedral

Kirkwall

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.

Other Details

Summer opening: 1 April - 30 September Monday - Saturday, 09:00 - 18:00 and Sunday 13:00 - 18:00.

Winter opening: 1 October - 31 March Monday - Saturday, 09:00 - 13:00 and 14:00 - 17:00 (Cathedral is closed for lunch - 13:00 - 14:00)

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