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The Bishop's Palace
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$40.48*
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Ranked #10 of 26 things to do in Kirkwall
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Owner description: Step inside the spectacular ruins of two remarkable residences at the heart of Kirkwall. The medieval Bishop's Palace was built in the 1100s at about the same time as St Magnus Cathedral. King Hakon of Norway died within its walls after an indecisive battle with the Scots at Largs in 1263. In the early 1600s, the Bishop's Palace was incorporated into a refined Renaissance palace commissioned by Earl Patrick Stewart, one of Orkney's most notorious rulers. The Earl's palace was reputedly built using slave labour.
Shropshire,UK
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89 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Good view”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2012

Fairly average set of ruins aopart from the climb up to the top which gives a great view over Kirkwall (if the fog isn't around!)

Visited August 2012
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England, Arkansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Fascinating old ruin”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2012

Fascinating old ruin I may be but I finally, having passed by many times, paid a visit to the Bishops Palace. If you like historical buildings this definitely is one. Well worth a look but be aware there are some tricky steps and open floors. Anyone with infirmities or fear of heights may be a little uncomfortable.

Visited June 2012
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northants
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Interesting if you're in town”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2012

Interesting ruin, not easy to walk round. Could do with more explanations of what looking at, boards seeemed a bit repitiious eg nothing tells you what peculiar holes in walls are. These are historically much more recent than other things in Orkney. Lovely setting near Church

Visited May 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Nice to see”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2012

It is nice to have a look at and wander around, but not a lot to do otherwise - doesn't take long to look at.

Visited July 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“Nice complement to the Earl's Palace”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2012

You will appreciate the Bishop's Palace more if you visit this with the Earl's Palace just across the street and if not, it still offers outstanding views of St Magnus Cathedral and Kirkwall.

Visited July 2012
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