The Earl's Palace
The Earl's Palace
4.5
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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Roam the ruins of the residence of Robert Stewart, half-brother of Mary Queen of Scots, who became Earl of Orkney in the late 1500s. The Earl’s Palace is a fine courtyard castle, and remains in a remarkable state of completeness.
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YHZGlobetrotter
Waverley, Canada816 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We didn’t bother buying a ticket (some areas are now closed to the public) but just browsed around the ruins on our own as it was late in the day. They are extremely well maintained and the signage gives a good explanation of what you’re seeing. Dating back to the 1200’s, the Gothic-style palace was apparently built by forced labour. Not a nice guy that Lord Orkney. It eventually fell into ruin but was thankfully rescued by Historic Scotland.
Written 16 November 2023
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treetrippers
Fredericton, Canada572 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
So on a cruise and arrived like 7 am till 2 pm, not much opened. These ruins were interesting. The streets are very hilly. Down on flats are Gricery stores, swans and apparently otters
Written 28 October 2023
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Struan101
Dollar, UK56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
combined ticket with the bishop's Palace. More complete (Earl's Palace especially) than I was expecting the buildings themselves and the information boards gave a fascinating insight into life in medieval Orkney. Much to explore and wonder at.
Written 19 September 2023
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Patric D
Sandbach, UK1,006 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Both the Earl's Palace and the Bishop's Palace next door should be visited as one m... it is acombined entry fee anyway. The Bishop's Palace is more of a shell although it is of interest.
The Earl's Palace is a delight. There are lots of information boards about the earl and his family, and enough remains of the palace to get a real feel for how it wuold have been in its heyday.
Great to visit, but I think the Earl was a rather despicable character
Written 23 August 2023
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Mark S
28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Rambling Ruin with plenty of interesting story boards at strategic positions, very atmospheric and well worth the visit.
Written 26 May 2023
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TWal1
Canberra, Australia2,891 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
The Earl’s Palace would have been an impressive building in its time. Today, the main structure remains but little remains of what would have been in each room. The rooms are described using story boards and these help to provide an understanding of life in earlier times.
You can buy a combined ticket for the Earl’s and Bishop’s Palaces.
Written 6 November 2022
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aprince707
Pleasant Hill, CA177 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Quite a charming ruin/palace. The stories about it's previous owner getting beheaded for his labor union practices were interesting. Just across the street from St. Magnus Cathedral..
Written 30 September 2022
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Mike H
Phoenix, AZ2,077 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
We headed this direction from the docks and found this palace. it is quite large and has no roof on the building. But you can walk onto the second floor and wander around the ruin. There are plaques to give you information on the palace and what the rooms were used for.
Written 25 August 2022
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Lyall D
Edinburgh, UK501 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Unfortunately many of the rooms are bare with no exhiblts to see. The information boards do tell a lot about the history of the Earls and their position in the history of Orkney.
Visit the Bishops Palace to as they are both connected in history.
Written 18 July 2022
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PBPG
Yorkshire, UK6,010 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
A fabulous ruin. We got there on a perfect day, blue skies and sunshine. Plenty to see and walk around, though a few more information boards would have been useful.
Written 18 July 2022
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