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Tour St Magnus Cathedral with an App Guide

St Magnus Cathedral KirkwallVisitors to St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall can now access a handy app providing an audio-visual guide to the iconic building.

The guide can be accessed through your own phone or tablet when entering the cathedral and offers users access to an array of digital content about the cathedral including images, short videos and audio descriptions.

Instructions for accessing the app are available at the front door of the cathedral. Users will need to use headphones to enjoy the full range of content available. Headphones are not provided at the cathedral.

Until now self-guided tours have been supported by traditional printed information leaflets. The development of the new app has been funded through the Kirkwall Townscape Heritage Initiative.

St Magnus Cathedral, which welcomes in excess of 200,000 visitors every year, was founded in 1137 by Earl Rognvald in honour of his uncle St Magnus and took 300 years to build.

Towering above the Kirkwall landscape, the cathedral with its distinct sandstone hues is one of Orkney’s most significant landmarks.

St Magnus Cathedral

St Magnus Cathedral photo credit Petra Jochen Bruckhaus

Peter Diamond, the Council’s Head of Education (Leisure, Culture and Inclusion), said:

“The digital content developed for the cathedral creates an enhanced, informative and educational visitor experience unlike any other currently available in Orkney, helping to reimagine the cathedral for the 21st century and enhancing its appeal for a wider audience.”

St Magnus Cathedral is open Monday – Saturday, from 09:00 – 18:00 and Sunday 13:00 – 18:00 and is free of charge.

Tours of the upper levels of the Cathedral are available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and at weekends. There is a charge for the tours and they must be booked with the Custodian by calling 01856874894.

st magnus cathedral in winter


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