1892 Bishop's Palace

1892 Bishop's Palace

1892 Bishop's Palace
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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. It is owned and operated by Galveston Historical Foundation.
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  • Teresa M
    109 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful mansion
    We went to this lovely mansion day 2 of our trip to Galveston, Texas. You enter the basement and see how high the water flooded during Hurricane Ike and the gift shop. Lots of cute choices to consider. Then you get an audio hand held device which is easy to use by tapping on buttons for each room’s narration. You have to climb stairs from the basement to enter the first floor. I believe though there was a ramp to enter at the ground floor but not sure if one could go up to the second floor without stairs. We were able to tour the basement , the 1st and 2nd floor. The third floor was closed off. There were ax units in the window and fans all around to keep the air moving around. The grand staircase which connects the first and second floor is lovely . There is a chapel upstairs with some beautiful stained glass . Worth visiting and touring.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 July 2023
  • Jill B
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive!!!
    We took the Basement to Attic tour and loved every minute! Our tour guide, Greg, not only shared his knowledge of this majestic beauty but inspired us with his passion and respect for the lives of the people who were an integral part of the history of the Bishop's Palace. I could not find a way to make reservations for this tour through their website, so call or visit the palace and ask for the Basement to Attic Tour!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 3 September 2023
  • Dawn B
    Columbus, Ohio5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Special Tour; Special Place
    We took the “Basement to Attic” tour on October 21, 2023. The house is amazing and our guide was knowledgeable and interesting. The special tour we took isn’t offered every day, and it was worth the $35 ticket price as we were able to explore every room on every level of the house, not just the few rooms on the standard, self-guided tour. Don’t try this tour if you have mobility issues because there are many steep stairs with few handrails and there is no elevator. The basement gift shop is worth a stop all by itself. If you are in Galveston, the Bishop’s Palace is a great place to spend a couple of hours.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 October 2023
  • Brisvegas_Travellers
    Brisbane, Australia99 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magnificent building
    I would give this 5 out of 5 but I found it was very expensive. Saying that the up keep on this house would be very expensive so I get it. We were encouraged to all take an audio tour device which we did even the kids. This was a great idea as they were a bit hard to hear. My daughter enjoyed this as it gave her the freedom to explore herself and therefore she got more out of it. Parking out front was free which seems to be rare in Galveston.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 December 2023
  • Matison B
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful old home
    Truly amazing home, lovely self guided tour, cute little gift shop! We had a great afternoon exploring this old place. If you’re a fan of architecture or history it’s worth the visit
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 May 2024
  • Kendot52
    Denton, Texas410 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Bishop’s Palace in Galveston, Texas
    This incredible building was created as the family home for a wealthy family. Construction went from 1886 to 1893. Later it was sold to the Catholic diocese and it became the Bishop’s Palace. The intricate woodwork, stonework, and Italian marble accents are incredible. The price of admission includes an audio device that is synced to the various rooms and gives insight to the history of each location. This is really worth the time and price of admission.
    Visited July 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 July 2024
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Kendot52
Denton, TX410 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Couples
This incredible building was created as the family home for a wealthy family. Construction went from 1886 to 1893. Later it was sold to the Catholic diocese and it became the Bishop’s Palace. The intricate woodwork, stonework, and Italian marble accents are incredible. The price of admission includes an audio device that is synced to the various rooms and gives insight to the history of each location. This is really worth the time and price of admission.
Written 3 July 2024
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Natalie
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Do buy your tickets in advance, for they do sell out. The home itself is dazzling! We went on the self guided tour, but the docent downstairs gave us some information about the home for free!
Written 16 June 2024
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Matison B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Truly amazing home, lovely self guided tour, cute little gift shop! We had a great afternoon exploring this old place. If you’re a fan of architecture or history it’s worth the visit
Written 21 May 2024
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Ed H
Georgetown, TX128 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Bishop’s palace was a wonderful place to visit. We love looking at old historic homes, and this is one of the best. It’s a great place to spend a few hours.
Written 19 April 2024
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cw0108
Kalamazoo, MI347 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Beautiful home that is a self guided tour. Enjoyed the recordings that tell you about the history. Stunning architecture. Must be able to climb stairs.
Written 17 March 2024
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Kimberly W
Wichita, KS7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Enjoyed the beautiful house with some beautiful woodwork. Much to see, and learn in every room. The house is just huge and has a beautiful staircase.
Written 11 March 2024
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Brisvegas_Travellers
Brisbane, Australia99 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
I would give this 5 out of 5 but I found it was very expensive. Saying that the up keep on this house would be very expensive so I get it. We were encouraged to all take an audio tour device which we did even the kids. This was a great idea as they were a bit hard to hear. My daughter enjoyed this as it gave her the freedom to explore herself and therefore she got more out of it. Parking out front was free which seems to be rare in Galveston.
Written 21 December 2023
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Dawn B
Columbus, OH5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
We took the “Basement to Attic” tour on October 21, 2023. The house is amazing and our guide was knowledgeable and interesting. The special tour we took isn’t offered every day, and it was worth the $35 ticket price as we were able to explore every room on every level of the house, not just the few rooms on the standard, self-guided tour. Don’t try this tour if you have mobility issues because there are many steep stairs with few handrails and there is no elevator. The basement gift shop is worth a stop all by itself. If you are in Galveston, the Bishop’s Palace is a great place to spend a couple of hours.
Written 24 October 2023
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Lisa J
Plant City, FL936 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
What a house! Its beautiful and very well preserved. It is self guided with a recorder that is very easy to use and lets you go at your own face. There is an elevator if needed. And they have a very nice gift shop. The only complaint if the lack of parking.
Written 30 September 2023
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Noneya
23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
09/01/2023 Neat place to visit. It’s not in the best shape and the third floor was closed, but it was still a nice piece of history to visit with lots of cool things to see and a large gift shop filled with a variety of items.
Written 18 September 2023
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