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Bishop's Palace

1402 Broadway St, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550-4938
+1 409-762-2475
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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.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good29%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“audio tour” (104 reviews)
“stained glass” (61 reviews)
“own pace” (62 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1402 Broadway St, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550-4938
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"audio tour"
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"stained glass"
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"own pace"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The Bishop's Palace is truly a work of art! Nicholas Clayton was the architect for this exquisite home, and it is a place not to be missed if you are visiting Galveston. My husband and I arrived one weekday morning when the Bishop's Palace first...More

Thank Debra P
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is an architectural gem! The materials and workmanship are amazing. The audio guide was well done and very informative and is included with the entrance fee. A must see in Galveston.

Thank Carol A
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We had a few hours on our last day in Galveston and decided to check out this place. It was beautiful! The audio tour was informative. The stained glass and wood work was beautiful! Interesting stories about the family who lived there.

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We have been to Galveston Island quite a few times over 10 years and don’t know how we missed this gem. Stunning architecture and history, well worth the $12 ticket price, of which $2 from every ticket goes straight into a restoration fund. We liked...More

Thank cdenoi
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was the icing on the cake for our trip to galveston. the wife loves history and this place doesnt disappoint. i really enjoyed all the old cars in the garage. the staff was super friendly and knowledgeable

Thank jameswright2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

...it later became the Bishop's residence for several decades. It has been beautifully restored and is now a museum of sorts. Always fun to see how the other half lived. Definitely worth an hour or two of your time while visiting this area

Thank trvlee
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a fantastic old home. Great history both of the family that built it and Galveston itself. Liked that it was self guided with recorded info.

Thank Donna L
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Bishop's Palace is a great place to visit. The architecture would be a beautiful and a wonderful experience just to see, but the guided tour makes it an outstanding experience. Learning the history about the family that originally owned this mansion leading up to...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Both the exterior and the interior of the house are truly amazing. The attention to detail in the pink and grey granite exterior stones inter-mixed with the limestone was beautiful. Combine the elaborate stone carvings with the colors and the house is quite a jaw-dropper....More

Thank IA-bolledudes
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband cannot stop talking about the palace and for good reason, it's stunning!!! The carved wood on the walls, ceilings, stairs, everywhere, gorgeous stained windows, ornate arches, marble, nurals on the ceilings, just aren't words to describe it. The palace was decorated for the...More

Thank craftywriter
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Bryan T
4 February 2018|
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Response from stevensoneric | Reviewed this property |
The tour is of the original mansion and there is not really a focus on childrens items form the tour we took.
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Vicki B
2 May 2017|
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Response from TxTrans | Reviewed this property |
I believe it was $12. It is a self guided tour. You should check their website for hours.
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shiltoncarol
28 January 2017|
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Response from Zzardvark | Reviewed this property |
You can contact Historic Galveston that operates the house to check specifically, but they indicate that they are specifically not handicapped accessible. From my experience, there are a lot of stairs. The entrance is in the... More
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