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The Earl's Palace

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Address: Palace Rd, Kirkwall, Scotland
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Fun and interesting palace

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 November 2016
Kirsty G
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Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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Chichester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

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

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Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles 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

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Noosaville, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Stuttgart, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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York
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4 of 5 bubbles 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)

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College Station, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Tain, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Fantastic preservation of a stunning piece of architecture!! The building is massive. Had fun imagining what it looked like in its glory days!

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

The Earl's Palac belonged to Patrick, Earl of Orkney. He was known as ‘Black Patie’, as he was a tyrant. Patrick ruled the Northern Isles with an iron fist from 1592 until he was executed 23 years later. The ruins are interesting but the story behind them even more so.

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Torquay
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

This castle is set in lovely grounds. Very ancient it has pretty turrets and bays which look like a film set. You are able to walk inside and out, and is exciting for children and adults alike. A little information cabin nearby, sells small items and lovely Orkney ice cream. Worth a visit.

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