Opening Hours from 1st October 2022 – 31st March 2023:
Mondays – Saturdays 0900-1300 and 1400-1700.
There is a church service every Sunday morning at 1115, but the cathedral is not open to visitors otherwise.
There is no limit on numbers but the cathedral staff reserve the right to control access if the cathedral is busy.
Please note that there is currently limited access to St Rognvald’s Chapel, and there may be some noise disruption due to ongoing conservation works.
Face masks must be worn inside (exemptions apply).
St Magnus Cathedral, 'the light in the north', is one of Orkney's most iconic buildings.
This stunning Romanesque cathedral, made from striking red and yellow sandstone, was founded in 1137 and took around 300 years to complete. 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.
Built by Magnus’s nephew, Rognvald, the cathedral has been the spiritual heart of Orkney for nearly nine centuries. It is the only complete Medieval cathedral in Scotland, and the only church in the country known to hold the bones of its original saint.
Today, as well as being a place of worship, St Magnus Cathedral is used for concerts, talks, art exhibitions, and acts of national remembrance. It is the most-visited site in Orkney, with over 200,000 visitors in 2019.
Booking is now open for Upper Level Tours – please phone the cathedral for more information. For info, the cathedral will be closed on 25th & 26th December 2022, and 1st & 2nd January 2023. During the winter months there are upper level tours available on Thursdays and Saturdays at 11am and 2pm. On 31st December 2022 there will be a tour at 11am only. Tour gift vouchers are also available.
There is a Church of Scotland service every Sunday morning at 1115 and there is no need to book.