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Stunning old ruin

Just stopped off here to stretch our legs on our drive around the island, and to discover what this... read more

Reviewed 30 December 2018
Andover, United Kingdom
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 14 October 2018
London, United Kingdom
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Palace Rd, Kirkwall, Scotland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

What a palace! This is almost overwhelming, and you should make sure you leave plenty of time to see it if you are in Kirkwall. It's right by Saint Magnus Cathedral, so it's hard to miss!

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Erin188569
Reviewed 30 December 2018

Just stopped off here to stretch our legs on our drive around the island, and to discover what this ruin was as we had passed it on the road. Lovely easy place to walk around and interesting boards telling the history of the place. Free...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 18 November 2018

I love a good ruin that has lots of levels to access and The Earl's Palace didn't disappoint! There was so much to see and so many floors to visit. I love that it's rather intact and easy to imagine it as a running household....More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 30 October 2018 via mobile

Beautiful historic Earl’s Palace is perfect for a walk even on a crisp winters day, there’s plenty of information on what this historic place and worth the visit

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank flybazz
Reviewed 21 October 2018 via mobile

You get two sites for the price of one here, one on either side of the road. Both sites are equally spectacular. The larger palace is very grand and you can get around much of it. The smaller palace, opposite Kirkwall Cathedral, has a tower...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank bethmaryclayton
Reviewed 19 October 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 18 October 2018

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.

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

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.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Barbara75087
Reviewed 14 October 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank clivesimpson62
Reviewed 12 October 2018

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.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Kathy G
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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