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The Earl's Palace

Palace Rd, Kirkwall, Scotland
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Two palaces

The ticket covers both the Earls and Bishops palaces. English Heritage members get in free. Good... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Derby, United Kingdom
via mobile

Not much to see if this ruin but there are some interesting information boards which make this... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Phil P
Fareham, United Kingdom
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Palace Rd, Kirkwall, Scotland
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The ticket covers both the Earls and Bishops palaces. English Heritage members get in free. Good information panels help you to understand the palaces and the history of the owners.

Thank Sam3314
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Not much to see if this ruin but there are some interesting information boards which make this worth a short visit.

Thank Phil P
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I really loved earl's palace and its architecture; it's easy to imagine how life used to be there thanks to the well done explanations.

Thank Fradipiet
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Interesting step back in time. Stonework is lovely but keeps the area cool so visit on a warm day or bring a coat.

Thank Revatron
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the Earl's Palace on the way home from the Brough of Biscay, and whilst it was interesting and had information boards for us to read, it was unstaffed so we just wandered in. Wonder why it was included in our purchased Orkney Pass...More

Thank Donza2015
Reviewed 1 week ago

For any history loving person this is a must see site ! Interesting to learn about the earldoms of Orkney. The Earls Palace is in remarkably good condition for a ruin, even being able to go up to first floor level. Plenty of information boards...More

1  Thank jabe25
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After centuries of wind and rain much of it is still standing. A good place to walk and wonder about the past.

Thank Paul H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The history of the Orkney Islands, the Norse rule and how it was given, ultimately to Scotland is fascinating!

Thank Carolingaround
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This semi ruinous building is very interesting and worth a visit. There are good interpretation boards giving you a history of the building and rooms. The combined ticket gives you access to the Bishop's Palace across the road.

Thank MurielA47
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was worth the entrance fee to wander round the ruins and imagine what it would have been like to be around in those times. There are lots of info boards to bring you up to speed and you get great views over to the...More

Thank Gary K
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I can't seem to find what the cost is to tour the Palace?
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
Hi. I'm taking a cruise to Orkney Island (Kirkwall) and was wondering how far Earl's Palace is from port? Can I walk? Or is a shuttle/bus close by I can catch? Also is St. Magnus Cathedral close to port? Can I walk? Or is a shuttle/bus close to port? Thank you!!
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