We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

Bishop's Palace

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 1402 Broadway St, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550-4938
Phone Number: +1 409-762-2475
Website
Today
10:00 - 17:00
Open now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Description:

The Bishop's Palace (a.k.a. Gresham House) is a contributing building in...

The Bishop's Palace (a.k.a. Gresham House) is a contributing building in the East End Historic District, a National Historic Landmark. The house is listed in the National Register of Historic Places at the national level of significance in the area of architecture. Architectural historians list the Bishop's Palace (Gresham House) as one of the most significant of Victorian residences in the country.

read more
Book In Advance
More Info
US$142.00*
and up
Galveston Warship and Submarine Tour
More Info
US$98.95*
and up
Houston Sightseeing Tour and Galveston Day Trip

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 833 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 514
    Excellent
  • 250
    Very good
  • 45
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Something to do before our cruise.

This house has a long history of one of the oldest houses in Galveston. The staff here do as much as possible to help you along on your self guided tour.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Emilysdad73
,
Lewisville, Texas
Add Photo Write a Review

833 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 824: English reviews
Lewisville, Texas
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This house has a long history of one of the oldest houses in Galveston. The staff here do as much as possible to help you along on your self guided tour.

Helpful?
Thank Emilysdad73
Mount Vernon, Texas
Level Contributor
55 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very interesting and beautiful home that has lasted many years. The history this place has is a well worthwhile visit. The architecture is amazing and craftsmanship throughout the house. The audio self tour was great.

Helpful?
Thank Michael M
Dallas, Texas
Level Contributor
18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great place to spend a few hours. Amazing architecture. Gets crowded sometimes. Better too walk around with fewer people.

Helpful?
Thank craigwL5663UL
Level Contributor
11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This beautiful mansion is even more glorious when the Halls are decked out for Christmas. A wonderful start to the Dickens on the Strand weekend.

Helpful?
Thank KerrvilleKirk
West Plains, Missouri
Level Contributor
8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This imposing house has well over 100 years of history, including surviving the great hurricane of 1900 that nearly flattened Galveston. The tour of the beautiful home is done by audio listening device and you can do at your own pace. There is a gift shop in the basement and there are many unique items, the sale of which benefit... More 

Helpful?
Thank mds0701
Level Contributor
7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place was beautiful. The woodwork and stonework are absolutely amazing. I highly recommend this place. I really liked you didn't have to got with a guide could take my time and enjoy. Loved this place.

Helpful?
Thank Terri R
Dallas, Texas
Level Contributor
10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth the $12. Head set were all checked out, but they provided a tour guide which did an excellent job. A MUST see! Very interesting history and awesome place.

Helpful?
Thank Trip-N-Bill
Buffalo, New York
Level Contributor
63 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a fantastic old house that represents life in the Victorian age. Our tour guide was friendly and informative. Apparently there are audio self-guided tours as well, but we did not notice this and were not offered the option. It's not a tour I would do every time I'm in Galveston, but worth one visit to see this extravagant... More 

Helpful?
Thank Ellary M
Humble, Texas
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our family of four, including a 10 year old and 16 year old, loved this tour. It is an audio tour and self paced, so it worked well for us. I did a tour at this house once many, many, years ago with a docent...and they only took us in a few rooms. This included the first two floors, only... More 

Helpful?
Thank Erica W
Fort Worth, Texas
Level Contributor
28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We drove by Bishop's Palace and decided to tour it. It is a beautiful home that has survived a couple of hurricanes. The self-guided tour is fabulous. The building left me in awe of it. The architecture is brilliant. The furnishings are from the two families that owned it, so they are correct for the time periods that the building... More 

Helpful?
Thank Jax_Gal6

Travellers who viewed Bishop's Palace also viewed

Galveston, Galveston Island
 
Galveston, Galveston Island
Galveston, Galveston Island
 

Been to Bishop's Palace? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Bishop's Palace and other visitors
7 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (7)

Questions? Get answers from Bishop's Palace staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?