Approaching the Millennium, the St Magnus Cathedral congregation was seeking to make a new statement in bricks and mortar. It was seeking to build on the historic past as it prepared to meet the challenges of the new era.

Recognising that its 100-year-old existing church hall was badly in need of repair and renewal, the Kirk session decided that a new and exciting venture of faith was called for. After looking at a number of options, the session decided to build a centre which would serve the wider community as well as the Cathedral congregation. As a result of a wide-ranging and imaginative fund-raising programme, involving the commitment and talents of the congregation, the necessary funds were gathered in.
The new St Magnus Centre consists of a refurbished hall, and an extension which provides modern facilities. The vision, a holistic one, symbolises the unity of body, mind and spirit.

Just as St Magnus Cathedral has an open door for all - whether they belong formally to the church or not - so the St Magnus Centre’s door is open to the community.

The Centre maintains the historic link between Cathedrals and the arts by providing space and encouragement for local musicians, writers and dramatists. Its spaces also can be used for small-scale exhibitions and events staged, for instance, by the St Magnus Festival and the Orkney Science Festival.


Please contact us using the following details if you have any questions or would like to make a booking:

For booking enquiries please contact  or tel: 01856 878326

For building maintenance and access arrangements, please contact

For all other enquiries, please contact either or