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The Earl's Palace

Palace Rd, Kirkwall, Scotland
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Historical site to view

We walked around the outside of the site, as there is an admission charge. I would recommend seeing... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Chicago, Illinois
Amazing historic castle/palace worth the entry fee.

Well worth the entry fee, amazing to see historic buildings from the 1100's and 1600s that you can... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Zoe Y
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Palace Rd, Kirkwall, Scotland
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Reviewed yesterday

We walked around the outside of the site, as there is an admission charge. I would recommend seeing this attraction as it is across the street from the Cathedral.

Thank T P
Reviewed 4 days ago

Well worth the entry fee, amazing to see historic buildings from the 1100's and 1600s that you can still walk around and climb some of the turrets. Its a ruin, but its really worth a visit to this palace and next door the bishops palace,...More

Thank Zoe Y
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is mainly a ruin and on the day that we went, it was a bit rainy. Having said that, I would definitely recommend going to learn a bit more about the history of the Orkney's. There were lots of interesting facts and it was...More

Thank Darron1970
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an interesting old palace right next to the Cathedral. The ruins are photogenic and there is a real feeling of history as you wander amongst them

Thank NeilSK
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Both this and the Bishops Palace are well worth a visit. Rarely you are free to wander around uninhibited and browse at your own pace. The buildings are in amazingly good repair considering their age and with a little imagination you can take yourself back...More

Thank weekteuchter
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were surprised at the freedom we had to walk around these exceptional ruins. The style is unusual and well preserved. The captions gave a good insight into how it would have been.

Thank Petrani
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went to the palace as a wedding was taking place at the cathedral. Very interesting and beautiful ruin that consists of two sites. Well worth visiting.

Thank Brian B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Loved viewing the Earl's Palace from the rafters of the church and then walking through it and learning the history.

Thank lfogo60
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I agree with 'evocative', provided it is not busy. We visited on an August Sunday and it was completely empty. Marvelous. There are good information boards and you actually get to experience upper and lower floors. They certainly seemed to have a lot of latrines...More

Thank Edmo1066
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This building, in ruins, was nonetheless fixed so that one can walk through it and climb the stairs to view the rooms upstairs. It had descriptions so that one could learn what had transpired here.

Thank alpoway
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11 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