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The Earl's Palace

Palace Rd, Kirkwall, Scotland
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Impressive ruins

Entry for this and the adjacent bishop's palace is £5. The ruins are very impressive and you do get... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Conrad N
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Whitstable, United Kingdom
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Mind boggling

We are members of Historic Scotland, which pays for itself if you are visiting Orkney. I’m not... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Jan M
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Palace Rd, Kirkwall, Scotland
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"st magnus cathedral"
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"its heyday"
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"interesting attraction"
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"orkney explorer pass"
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"lovely ruin"
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"english heritage members"
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Entry for this and the adjacent bishop's palace is £5. The ruins are very impressive and you do get a sense of the grandeur of the place. The outsides can be seen and photographed if you don't want to pay the entry.

Thank Conrad N
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We are members of Historic Scotland, which pays for itself if you are visiting Orkney. I’m not sure I would have paid to walk round this place if I had to pay at the door... and I would have missed out on an amazing building....More

Thank Jan M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Located next round the corner from st Magnus cathedral but not visible from the Main Street, we went to earl and bishops palace but weren’t as impressed because we thought it would be in huge grounds but actually is a small space in Kirkwall and...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited with Canadian family but didn't manage to look inside but had a wander around outside. Looked very interesting.

Thank dundeetravellermrshc
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The summer weather did play a part but a sunny day and this is a must see. So gorgeous and parts of it are intact enough to take some really great pictures if you come with someone or a tripod. There's information in each room...More

Thank KateW0909
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We never entered the site due to the lack of time but we walked round it and amazing ruin. We will return for a better viewing

Thank Scott C
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really good fun to wonder around with interesting history. We went as part of the explorer pass and would recommend it.

Thank isobel w
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well done to Historic Scotland for their conservation of this gem. It is truly spectacular and allows you to visualise how it may have looked in the 12th century. So glad that we visited this breathtaking building.

Thank Linnes38
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The castle ruin was an interesting attraction in Kirkwall. We walked and climbed through it. The view of the lawn bowling club next door was interesting as well. No entrance fee.

Thank Schurrs
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are in Kirkwall for a day,this is worth a look.The ticket office staff are friendly and the building has many useful information boards in various rooms.It is not a must see if you are interested in Scottish History,but it gives an interesting insight...More

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KWilson30
8 March 2018|
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Response from FloydBaran | Reviewed this property |
An hour will easily cover everything,
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gbjames
10 April 2017|
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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
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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
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