St Magnus Cathedral

Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

Broad Street, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NX

    Visit the most northerly cathedral in Britain which was founded by the Viking Earl Rognvald in 1137.

    Known as the ‘Light in the North’, the Cathedral Church of St Magnus the Martyr is one of Orkney’s most impressive landmarks. Towering of the Kirkwall landscape, this striking red sandstone building was founded by Earl Rognvald Kolson and dedicated to his uncle, Earl Magnus Erlendson.

    The building’s construction began in 1137 and was subject to numerous additions over the next three centuries. One of the finest ecclesiastical buildings in Scotland, its magnificent interior contains many objects and features of interest including memorials to prominent Orcadians and a beautiful stained glass window commissioned for the cathedral 850th anniversary.

    Visitors can admire the splendid Norman architecture on guided tours of the upper areas of the cathedral including its tower which offers spectacular views, both within the cathedral and of the surrounding landscape. 

    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2016 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016

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