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The Earl's Palace

Palace Rd, Kirkwall, Scotland
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Great old palace worth exporing

Went to this palace and the Bishop's Palace across the road with one ticket. The palace itself us... read more

Reviewed today
Laurence B
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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Nice walk back in history

Easy access and artist renditions provide helpful viewing of how it was in the he past. Quiet yet... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Palace Rd, Kirkwall, Scotland
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Reviewed today via mobile

Went to this palace and the Bishop's Palace across the road with one ticket. The palace itself us beautiful with lots of rooms to explore and the unformation boards helped me explain to the kids tge history behind my heritage in these islands. Well worth...More

Thank Laurence B
Reviewed 2 days ago

Easy access and artist renditions provide helpful viewing of how it was in the he past. Quiet yet somber reflections.

Thank 379linda
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The Earl's Palace is a ruined Renaissance-style palace near St Magnus's Cathedral in the centre of Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland. Built by Patrick, Earl of Orkney, its construction began in 1607 and was largely undertaken via forced labour. Today, the ruins are open to the public.

Thank Ontheroad1971
Reviewed 1 week ago

One ticket gets you into both. They are interesting, and well-interpreted, but I think that £5 is a bit steep

Thank hnswst
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great place to walk through and image the grandness of this palace during it's day. The plaques give you a good view of what it looked like at the time it was occupied. Do be careful when it is rainy because the...More

Thank fizzy1991
Reviewed 1 week ago

An excellent place to visit. Historic Scotland have kept this place as a excellent piece of history in Kirkwall

Thank AlexR1874
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Walking around these ruins it makes you wonder just how magnificent this palace must have been in its heyday. It had a short life , completed in 1607 by 1705 it had fallen into disrepair & was not fit for human habitation. well worth a...More

Thank Peter L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fabulous building that inspires the senses. The drawings/ images inside give you a real feel of the site. Must see

Thank Scott M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The is the Earl's Palace in Kirkwall near the cathedral, not to be confused with the Earl's Palace in Birsay, which is even more of a ruin. This must have been a grand building in its heyday, well deserving to be called a palace. Although...More

Thank L3K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been to the Earl's and Bishop's Palaces twice. Its one of those spots that I find myself going back to look at photos of more than any other. the fact that you are self guided and can explore every nook and cranny really...More

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11 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