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Bishop's Palace

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Address: 1402 Broadway St, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550-4938
Phone Number:
+1 409-762-2475
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

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.

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Elegance and History

You walk through the house with little hand-held speakers to hear about the various rooms in the house. It is very informative and the house is beautiful to view.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Betty F
Peachland, Canada
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Peachland, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You walk through the house with little hand-held speakers to hear about the various rooms in the house. It is very informative and the house is beautiful to view.

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South Fallsburg, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We found the Bishop's Palace to be very interesting. The home was beautifully built with exquisite woodwork throughout the house, even in the staff areas. The self guided audio tour was very interesting and full of interesting facts. The house is in need of repair and as money becomes available it is being done. My only complaint is that there... More 

Thank Lou S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It's more than a small castle than a house. It's so Beautiful inside, rooms are highly decorated with Great wall paintings, marble brought from Europe and other magnificent stuff. Very informative audio guide. Highly recommend (!)

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Norman, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Second time to visit and learned more about this beautiful building. There are so many asspects to this experience. Not just the architecture but how the people lived, where features of the house were made and what it was like living in the home. The audio tour is well done.

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Houma, Louisiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Did the small tour and love don't the house. Only two floors on this tour a longer tour, the basement and third floor, does cost a little more. Beautiful place, must have been wonderful to live there. This tour took about an hour. It was a self guided tour that included a audio tape.

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Huntsville, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It's a beautiful home with a rich history. We try to at least stop by every time we go to Galveston. We love this location!

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Built in the late nineteenth century, this elegant ornate home has two stories to tell: that of the family that built and lived in it early in the 20th century, and that of the Catholic bishop who lived in it after the Catholic Church bought it and until they gave it to the City of Galveston. Visitors can appreciate the... More 

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Galveston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are in Galveston and want to beat the heat, tours at the Palace are a great alternative to the beach. The Palace is beautiful, and even non-history buffs will enjoy the architecture and history of this special place, as it is fun to see how the rich and famous used to live in Galveston. When you are through... More 

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Houston, Texas
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

All in all it was a decent tour but it just wasn't for me. My wife seemed to enjoy it but I was a little bored. Hopefully they can keep this place open as the tour we took was sat afternoon and there were only a handful of people. Our tour guide was very sweet although I don't remember her... More 

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Grapeview, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a beautiful mansion to tour. We each took an audio guide which made it easier to go through at different paces. The construction, woodwork, and fireplaces are very impressive. Not all of the rooms are furnished since they wanted to keep only furniture from people who lived in the house. It also gives you information about how the... More 

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