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The Bishop's Palace

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Step inside the spectacular ruins of two remarkable residences at the heart of Kirkwall. The medieval Bishop's Palace was built in the 1100s at about the same time as St Magnus Cathedral. King Hakon of Norway died within its walls after an...more
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Palace Rd., Kirkwall KW15 1PD, Scotland
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All reviews st magnus cathedral across the road historic scotland great view of the cathedral worth a visit interpretation boards interesting history next door joint ticket tower ruin dates orkney earl century remains norway
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Even though the palace is ruined, it's incredibly impressive. You can imagine what it must have been like in all its pomp! There is information to guide you as you walk through and learn about its history.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Erin188569
Reviewed 18 November 2018

This ruin may not have a lot inside, but boy does it delight with the views!! You can go all the way to the top of this one and the view overlooking the church next door is simply grand. We really enjoyed the climb up.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank BL_adventure
Reviewed 8 November 2018

The grounds here were very well looked after and we were interested in the origin of the Palace sharing our surname Bishop. Well worth a wander and look around.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank AdelaideChez
Reviewed 20 October 2018 via mobile

Opposite the Cathedral the mix of palace and castle styles of architecture are fascinating, the remains are quite extensive with great views from the top.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank TMRDavies
Reviewed 19 October 2018

While the BIshop's Palace was an interesting place, it was not as impressive nor the story as intriguing as the Earl's Palace....it's on the same ticket so as such, worth a quick walk around if the weather is good enough. Nuff said!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank SusiefromCrucible
Reviewed 18 October 2018

Well worth a visit when visiting other attractions in the area including Earl's Palace, Orkney Museum and St. Magnus Cathedral.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank jcovecbns
Reviewed 16 October 2018

Since the place was closed, we did not see the inside. From outside, we saw the ruins. Looks like a great place to shoot a horror movie. Behind and next to this ruin is a lawn bowling green that was being used in the rain.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Fred T
Reviewed 14 October 2018 via mobile

The palace was built in the mid-1100s, when Orkney was under Norwegian control. There is a grandness that comes through the ruins, and a recognition that many stories are held within the walls. The story boards positioned on the walls were invaluable and told the...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Clanmother
Reviewed 6 October 2018 via mobile

located opposite the earl's palace. you can visit both with one ticket. ruined but because we did this with a blue badge guide he could explain its historical importance to us. very interesting place

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 242corab
Reviewed 2 October 2018

ruins are great or kids to imagine what life was like. It amazing how big the rooms were. great photo opportunity

Date of experience: September 2018
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Response from C6261ETsarar | Reviewed this property |
When I was on a Norwegian cruise here last year, they had a free shuttle that took us into town. It was a short walk from where the bus dropped us off. It wouldn’t be an extremely far walk even without the shuttle.