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North Carolina History Center - Tryon Palace

529 S Front St, New Bern, NC 28562-5601
+1 800-767-1560
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A Must for those who love history!

The Tryon Palace was the highlight of my visit in New Bern. The tour guides were excellent and the... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Lake Lure, North Carolina
Great tour! Great tour guide! Beautifully re-made palace

I grew up in North Carolina and had read and learned about Tryon Palance since I was in the 4th... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Matt D
Sugar Grove, North Carolina
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Colonial Governors ruled, legislators debated, patriots gathered and George Washington danced. At Tryon Palace, where British rule once flourished, American independence took root and the state of North Carolina was born. Here you can still experience the adventure of North Carolina’s earliest beginnings and a living history like no other. Guided tours, live re-enactments and conversations with costumed interpreters from centuries past bring history to life in vivid detail at the Governor’s Palace, Gardens and Historic Homes. And, at the new high-tech North Carolina History Center, interactive games and hands-on exhibits delight visitors young and old. Whether you’re exploring one of our riverside gardens or sharpening your skills as a quilter, printer, ship’s captain or blacksmith, there are endless opportunities for making cherished family memories at Tryon Palace.
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529 S Front St, New Bern, NC 28562-5601
+1 800-767-1560
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The Tryon Palace was the highlight of my visit in New Bern. The tour guides were excellent and the price of admission is reasonable. History abounds here and the guides are extremely knowledgeable. I highly recommend!

Thank llcoolj2017
Reviewed 6 days ago

I grew up in North Carolina and had read and learned about Tryon Palance since I was in the 4th grade -- it was really cool to see the full-scale replica of the original Tryon Palace -- the first governor's mansion of colonial North Carolina....More

Thank Matt D
Reviewed 1 week ago

we spent 2 weeks in New Bern checking out the city itself, the Tryon Palace, the quaint shops, the Neuse River Tour with Captain Dave and there was also lots to do within an hours drive. We went to Morehead City to do the seafoodfest...More

Thank yourlady54
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our tour guide Alma was so funny, entertaining, & knowledgeable. The palace is worth a visit. I wish they served drinks there or let you have a drink. The tour feels a bit long, I think children would get bored quickly, thank God the tour...More

Thank Vanessa H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The history that the hosts that walk you through the "palace" share with groups is very interesting.

Thank PurpleChip
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Actually lots of bang for your buck. But not sure you really have to have a ticket for all the venues we visited any way. We toured two historical homes with a guide. Then we toured the palace with a guide. Kind of hard to...More

Thank Cathy G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went while we vacationing in Swansboro, NC. My family had a good time. The guides were dressed in period clothing and provided a great tour.

Thank Greg S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is probably my third visit to the palace and I always enjoy it it seems I always find out something new

Thank Joe L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

All the folks demonstrating, doing tours, at the ticket office and at the museum and history center were wonderful and informative. Stop by the café in the museum for a wonderful lunch.

Thank Ginger1949
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The title and a gift shop and a resuarant on the water and a riverwalk with benches. I mean whats not to love. Its FREE. Youll like it. Me and hubby go once a month. Sometimes we walk the pup along riverwalk. Sometimes we go...More

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16 August 2016|
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Response from LysaAlex | Reviewed this property |
Museum anytime. Replica only on Saturdays
11 July 2016|
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Response from catniss21 | Reviewed this property |
The history center itself is wheelchair accessible. There may be access in the palace, but I did not see any. The stairs are quite narrow and difficult for people with mobility issues, so you will want to check with the... More
Paige B
9 September 2015|
Response from tryonpalace | Property representative |
Hello. We have ample free parking available in two locations: 1) at the North Carolina History Center, where you can purchase tickets and ride a shuttle (weather permitting) to the Palace's main gate; 2) on Eden Street... More