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The Earl's Palace

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Address: Palace Rd, Kirkwall, Scotland

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An interesting ruin

Nicely preserved with very good views of the cathedral across the road. The guide book is helpful to purchase. Not overly spectacular, but interesting nonetheless.

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Adelaide, Australia
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Nicely preserved with very good views of the cathedral across the road. The guide book is helpful to purchase. Not overly spectacular, but interesting nonetheless.

Thank Vandieman111
Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ok to drive past bnot much to see otherwise. Didnt inspire us to leave the warmth of the car.history of the place good though as locals did not like the guy who built it.

Thank janelassey
Wick, United Kingdom
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118 reviews
85 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The signage is great, but if you have a guide to tell you more about it, you will quite enjoy the stories of this site. Phenomenal architecture!

Thank Nunya-from-NS
Chichester, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2017

An interesting place to walk around with good information boards. Stone looks great in warm sunlight.

Thank Janet T
Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2016

Interesting history and great ruined palace with more to explore than looks from the outside. Kids will enjoy going up and down the stairs and exploring the nooks and crannies. Adults should enjoy the information around the palace and in the cellar display. Closes end of September.

Thank Kirsty G
Dundee, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2016

The earls Palace and the Bishops Palace are just across the road from one another. Both are ruins but with history

Thank george n
Noosaville, Australia
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Reviewed 25 October 2016

Incredible ruins architecturally and historically! The Stuarts were here and not very kindly thought of. They were both eventually put to death in England.

Thank swannop
Stuttgart, Germany
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162 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2016

Very interesting ruins/castle. Lots of history and very much worth the hour or so it takes to wander it. Easy walking and quite a few nooks and hideaways that my 13 year old wanted to explore.

Thank Nappen
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208 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 203 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2016

This is a great building with fantastic history. Worth visiting in conjunction with the other close by historic buildings of the Bishops Palace(same entrance ticket) and the cathedral ( free to the main building)

Thank Tourman2
College Station, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2016

This attraction is worth a visit. Although it is a ruin the areas of the palace are well marked and many architectural aspects are preserved.

Thank Robert T

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