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Earl's Palace

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Visited on a lovely summers day...

Beautiful area. Interesting ruins. Noticed there was a few areas where there was damage to the... read more

Reviewed 1 August 2018
Inverness, United Kingdom
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Birsay Palace

This is a ruin - good for anyone with a slight interest in history. Pleasant weather helped but... read more

Reviewed 20 June 2018
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All reviews information boards st magnus picnic benches its heyday stone walls well worth a visit small bridge a small car park interesting ruins great place to visit skara brae century history shop castle orkney site
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you are visiting Orkney then this is an interesting historical site to visit, you won't be disappointed.

Thank Mikey_P7
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stop in for a visit after coming back for Birsay Island. An interesting attraction that was built around a central courtyard. Quite a huge palace.

Thank jcovecbns
Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

The Palace is a great place to visit. The history of the site is fascinating. What was surprising, was the size of the Palace, compared to the castles of later centuries. This is definitely a place to visit.

Thank Mary Anne D
Reviewed 15 September 2018 via mobile

The palace is just that, a large stronghold but one built through the strength of former Earls of Orkney, able to build a palace rather than a castle. Very evocative walking beneath galleries which once house art collections, tapestries and painted wood panelled ceilings.

Thank skypilot60
Reviewed 1 August 2018 via mobile

Beautiful area. Interesting ruins. Noticed there was a few areas where there was damage to the stonework with pieces lying beside the walls. It was obvious there wasn't any supervision. Two families having a picnic. Some sitting on the ruin walls instead of the grass-...More

Thank crummer1954
Reviewed 20 June 2018

This is a ruin - good for anyone with a slight interest in history. Pleasant weather helped but easy to walk around on grass - pretty well all flat. Little signs all around the building and the site explain where one is at any point....More

Thank BrianArmagh
Reviewed 28 October 2017

When the sun is out, and the air is clean, the cows will shed their pies and the air will smell of it, yet it will have its charm

Thank rv15243
Reviewed 24 October 2017

Whilst it's enjoyable having a wander around, it would be more helpful to have some sketches of the rooms described. I actually much preferred visiting the small church of St Magnus opposite.

Thank Alsace_11
Reviewed 5 October 2017

The palace is located in a small village with nothing else really there except the church and cemetery across the street, but it's really accessible and close to other things you should make a point of seeing (like the Brough of Birsay) and so I'd...More

Thank dmpape00
Reviewed 28 September 2017

If you're in the area visiting the major sites nearby 15 mins or so exploring the (free) ruins is o/k - but don't travel here just for them. There's a little shop nearby to get tea, coffee, ice cream etc.

Thank John B
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Andrea T
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Response from Mike F | Reviewed this property |
It is open and you just walk in. I don't believe there are opening hours