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The Earl's Palace

Palace Rd, Kirkwall, Scotland
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A great place to visist

Lovely visit witth family in the holidays with lots of rooms to look in and things to learn about... read more

Reviewed 31 December 2017
United Kingdom
Interesting and Well Preserved.

Just across from St. Magnus Cathedral, much of this structure is well preserved and well worth... read more

Reviewed 28 December 2017
South Windsor, Connecticut
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Palace Rd, Kirkwall, Scotland
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Reviewed 31 December 2017

Lovely visit witth family in the holidays with lots of rooms to look in and things to learn about from the past.

Thank Love2travel8890
Reviewed 28 December 2017

Just across from St. Magnus Cathedral, much of this structure is well preserved and well worth visiting!

Thank FloydBaran
Reviewed 3 December 2017

We spent a week in the Orkney Islands, but only a day in Kirkwall and of course it was pouring down rain!! We were hesitant to pay to see the Palaces (Earl's and Bishops) because you can see them from the road no problem, but...More

Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

I love being able to take my time and wander around these sorts of attractions. For only a small fee you can look around the Earl’s palace and the Bishop’s palace too. There are signs giving you information about each of the rooms and the...More

Thank keatk87
Reviewed 28 October 2017

A small fee takes you into both the Earl's & Bishops Palace which are located opposite St Magnus Cathedral. The staff member at the ticket booth was very friendly. We found the Earl's Palace the more interesting of the two. Begun around 1200, it was...More

Thank 44AlanS
Reviewed 28 October 2017

This is worth the time to visit as it is in town and has an interesting story. Give it a try and the church across the street.

Thank ntflady
Reviewed 27 October 2017

Me & my partner stumbled along The Earl's Palace by accident. There's so much to look around! The weather was nice so we leisurely walked around the grounds and read all the history. Well worth a visit - and best of all, it's free!

Thank xWackix
Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

It was great to be free to wander around the ruins of the palace and imagine what it may have been like. The ruins have been well looked after. You could compliment your visit with one to St Magnus Church (across the road).

Thank mirolle
Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

The earls palace is in the centre of town and easy to find, there is an entrance fee but only a few quid well worth it. Plenty to see and close to St Magnus Cathedral and the bishops palace is next door. Parking is easy...More

Thank Fiona F
Reviewed 28 September 2017

Part of the Orkney visitors card attractions so it's half price if you visit all 6. It's also got lots of steps so be warned. I'm a fan of ruined castles so found it very interesting with great views from the upper floors.

Thank John B
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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