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The Bishop's & Earl's Palace

Kirwall Category Historic Sites
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Located near the spectacular St Magnus Cathedral, these palaces are regarded as two of the finest examples of architecture in Scotland and highlight Orkney’s close Norse and ecclesiastical links.

A particular attraction is the magnificent monumental fireplace in the great hall of the Earl’s Palace, built about 1600.


• The location – at the heart of ancient Kirkwall, in the shadow of the wonderful St Magnus’s Cathedral.

• Inside the Bishop’s Palace – imagining the momentous event that took place there in December 1263 when the great King Hakon of Norway died.

• The frontal façade of the Earl’s Palace – with its array of oriel windows, corbelled turrets and elaborate entrance.

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