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Not to be confused with Palace of Kings.

Palace of the Kings is the palace of Jarl Ulfric Stormcloak in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Found in Windhelm, this palace serves as the headquarters for both the Jarl of Eastmarch and the Stormcloak Rebellion. The court-wizard, Wuunferth the Unliving, teaches adept-level Destruction spells there. Inside the palace also lies the Windhelm's prison for those who have committed crime on the Eastmarch hold.


Historically, this is the oldest building in Windhelm and quite possibly all of Skyrim. It served as the castle of Ysgramor and his dynasty until its rule ended.

Architectural design[]

The Palace is split into four sections that are attached to the main hall, where the Jarls' throne and the banquet table reside. To the left sits the war room, where Galmar Stone-Fist and the other Stormcloaks execute their battle plans. From this room, the Jarl's Quarters and several other bedrooms can be accessed. Off to the right of this room is the kitchen.

To the left of the kitchen sits the dungeon (which is called Windhelm Barracks). Across from the dungeon is the sleeping quarters for the other inhabitants of the Palace, including the chambers of Wuunferth the Unliving, where an arcane enchanter can be found. It bears heavily Gothic features, as is typical for many ancient Nord buildings.


Outside the palace are three commemorative plaques that each bear the name of a High King.

REIGNED 1E 143 - 221
REIGNED 1E 420 - 452
REIGNED 1E 480 - 533
13th in the line of Ysgramor and
founder of the great Kingdom of
Skyrim, where he established fair
Windhelm as his capital.
Subdued the foul dragon Numinex,
reunited Skyrim after the war of
Succession, and conquered the
barbarous Reach."
Ysmir, Shor's Tongue, Dragon of the
North and noble champion who
defeated the Direnni and cleaned
Skyrim of the Alessian heresy.


Palace of the Kings' banner.


Imperial victory[]


Joining the Stormcloaks[]

There are several ways to join the Stormcloaks. The quest to join them can be obtained by following Ralof during Unbound. Upon entering with Ralof, the quest is automatically received after leaving the keep. The quest can be also be activated either by going to Windhelm and talking to Ulfric Stormcloak or by talking to traveling farmers or Stormcloak soldiers. Another way to join is to betray the Imperials by bringing the Jagged Crown to Ulfric Stormcloak instead of General Tullius.

Civil War[]

This castle is the headquarters of Jarl Ulfric Stormcloak, leader of the Stormcloaks. After the end of the Civil War questline, if the Dragonborn supported the Imperial Legion, the rebel Jarls that were removed from power are now located within the Palace.

Blood on the Ice[]

The Dragonborn accesses the Palace in search of Ulfric's steward, Jorleif, who offers clues on the whereabouts of the Butcher. After the Strange Amulet is obtained and Wuunferth the Unliving is accused, he is imprisoned in the dungeons of the Palace.

Notable items[]



  • The Windhelm Barracks are referred to as the "WindhelmBloodworks" in the Creation Kit.


This section contains bugs related to Palace of the Kings. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  /  XB1  ,  PS3  /  PS4  ,  PC  /  MAC  ,  NX  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
  • If the Dragonborn sides with the Stormcloaks and gets a peace treaty, the Jarl of Riften and her steward will treat the Dragonborn as if they took Riften for the Imperials. The same is true if the opposite happens and the Dragonborn joins them and exchanges the Reach for the Rift.
  • If the Dragonborn sides with the Imperial Legion, after recapturing Windhelm, most of the rebellious Jarls and some of their allies are moved to this castle. However, they sometimes behave as if they were still in their city.
  • Shooting arrows at the front doors of the palace will make them pass through the door, instead of sticking, like most doors.
  • Everytime upon entering, Ulfric Stormcloak and Galmar Stone-Fist have the same conversation about Whiterun, the war and their motives, unless the Dragonborn has completed the Battle for Whiterun.
  •  360   PS3   After completing the Stormcloak questline, the map of Skyrim in the battleroom may return to its state before the questline was started.
  •  PS3   After completing the Stormcloak questline, the map of Skyrim in the battleroom will show Dragon Bridge as being under Imperial control.