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“A visit to Kirkwall should include the Earl's & Bishops's Palaces”
Review of The Earl's Palace

The Earl's Palace
Ranked #6 of 27 things to do in Kirkwall
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Leatherhead, United Kingdom
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273 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
“A visit to Kirkwall should include the Earl's & Bishops's Palaces”
Reviewed 28 June 2014

The charming lady in charge of the entrance kiosk provided us with a great into to the joint ticket attraction to the Earl's and Bishop's Palaces. They adjoin each other and are just round the corner from St Magnus Cathedral. Both buildings provide good vantage points for pictures of the cathedral by the way. Both are definitle ruins but worthy of a visit and consideration of the history behind them. Plenty of spiral staircases to enjoy - if they are your thing! As part of an overall visit to Kirkwall, perhaps with the museum and cathedral, all of which are close together, we recommend spending half a day.

Visited May 2014
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Boston, United Kingdom
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69 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Lovely ruins”
Reviewed 9 June 2014

I visited this on a gorgeous day, and found the entrance fee good value for money - as you get to visit both the Earl's and Bishop's Palaces in Kirkwall, run by Historic Scotland. There is free entry to the grounds, but you need to purchase a ticket to visit the interiors.
If you are member of English Heritage or Cadw there are reciprocal discounts.

The ruins are pretty much intact, with several floors to visit - downstairs you have the cellars and kitchen with it's huge fireplace (and what appears to be a 'work in progress' exhibit boards area). On the first floor are the main hall and several chambers, and then up a short spiral staircase there is the loftiest view and the highest rooms.
Information boards give relevant data at points around the ruins.

Not recommended for the infirm or those with toddlers, due to the number of steps, great for everyone else!

Visited June 2014
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Wellington, New Zealand
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451 reviews
156 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
“Largely intact ruins”
Reviewed 29 May 2014

Built by the Earl of Orkney to replace the Bishop's Palace, and to reflect his ego, this palace is a real treat because a large part is still intact. You get a real sense of the layout, and the statement that this was intended to make to the commoners.

Visited May 2014
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Pontypridd, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Enjoyable”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

This place still had floors in places so able to have a better idea of what it originally looked like. Discounted rate for over 60 and members of Cadw and English Heritage. Particularly liked the fact that there were no notices everywhere saying "Do Not..."

Visited May 2014
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Portsmouth
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“See with Bishops Palace”
Reviewed 20 May 2014

Both together give a good idea of the importance of the local potentate and the amount of money that was spent to make what must have been a very beautiful building.

Visited May 2014
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