Take a tour of the hidden Upper Levels of St Magnus Cathedral and unlock the secrets of one of Orkney's most beautiful buildings.

St Magnus Cathedral is one of Orkney's most iconic locations, and one of its most popular too. But did you know that you can get a behind-the-scenes look at the Upper Levels of the cathedral?

Guided tours give visitors a chance to walk up the narrow, spiral, stone staircases of this stunning sandstone cathedral. You will see galleries and collections of artefacts, the clock mechanism, the huge bells and the base of the spire, before getting the chance to take in a bird’s eye view of Kirkwall too.

Watch our video to find out more:

You can also read all about the tours via our special blog.

Tours must be booked in advance by calling 01856 874 894. Tour times are as follows:

April to June:

  • Tuesday 1100 and 1400
  • Thursday 1100 and 1400
  • Sunday 1400 and 1545

July and August:

  • Tuesday 1100, 1400 and 1545
  • Thursday 1100, 1400 and 1545
  • Sunday 1400 and 1545

September:

  • Tuesday 1100 and 1400
  • Thursday 1100 and 1400
  • Sunday 1400 and 1545

October to March

  • Thursday 1100 and 1400
  • Saturday 1100 and 1400

Participants must be 12 years or over, and under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. The tour costs £9.60 per person and photography is permitted. Masks must be worn unless exempt.