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Lovely ruin of a palace

Well worth a visit if your in Kirkwall, situated next to the Cathedral, open all the time. Good... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
London, United Kingdom
interesting ruins

great for imagining what life and lodging was like back then. just the structure left but good for... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Palace Rd, Kirkwall, Scotland
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All reviews earl's palace historic scotland information boards across the road ticket office st magnus cathedral patrick stewart its heyday interesting ruins orkney explorer pass well worth a visit wander around middle of town guide book entrance fee interesting place old building
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Reviewed yesterday

We were here on a cold and rather windy day but thankfully no rain. This ruin is wonderfully stabilized, with access all over the place and good signage. Story is a still familiar one....greed, overarching ambition without the talent and work to see it through,...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

You will need a wide angle lens or a go pro camera to the Palace in your pictures. It was closed at the time but was able to get exterior photos. Worth a visit. Near other attractions.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Beautiful architecture! It must have been a grand palace in its day. I've never seen such a huge cooking fireplace. Well worth the visit.

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Well worth a visit if your in Kirkwall, situated next to the Cathedral, open all the time. Good sense of history of the ruin and of the surrounding area

Thank clivesimpson62
Reviewed 1 week ago

Located very near the magnificent St. Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall, Scotland, are the Earl's and Bishop's Palaces. For a very minimal entry fee, it is worthwhile to be reminded of its turbulent past.

Thank Kathy G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

opposite the cathedral. did this with a blue badge guide who knew every detail about it. amazing place, with scheming family. little shop on the premises. one ticket for both palaces.

Thank Cora B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

great for imagining what life and lodging was like back then. just the structure left but good for wandering through and taking pics. I'm sure its a hit with children

Thank Doreen J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Truly amazing palace started in 1607. The owner had, let's say, very ambitious plans without the financial means to back it up, ultimately costing him his head! He wanted to live like a king and this house reflects it in craftsmanship and architecture. No expense...More

Thank Karen S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Newer that the Bishop’s Palace and St Magnus Cathedral, which are next door and over the road respectively, the Palace was built in the 1600’s. Set in beautiful gardens the building has classic beauty and your National Trust card will gain you entry.

Thank pakabay
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Date of Visit: Saturday, Sept 1, 2018 We love to visit abandoned buildings, and explore historic sites at Rogue Trippers. So when we visited Kirkwall, it was without question, that we would visit The Earl's Palace when we learned this castle/palace existed. The palace is...More

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8 March 2018|
Response from FloydBaran | Reviewed this property |
An hour will easily cover everything,
10 April 2017|
Response from tiredandtravelled | Reviewed this property |
There isn't a tour. Entrance in Kirkwall is about 4 Scottish pounds. There is signage and you can wander where you like. Next to the Bishop's Palace and interestingly they built the functioning law courts behind the... More
17 January 2017|
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Response from Dianas66 | Reviewed this property |
Hi there,if you arrive at Hatson you will be shuttled by bus,to the travel centre,you can walk from the travel centre in about 5 mins,its just next to the cathedral,so you cannot miss it,Bishops palce is right next to Earls... More