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Bishop's Palace

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Address: 1402 Broadway St, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550-4938
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+1 409-762-2475
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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
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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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Impressive but needs your cost of admission

This massive home was a treat to see. We were asked to share an audio device but discovered that did not work well for us. Upon our request we were given an additional device... read more

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Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This massive home was a treat to see. We were asked to share an audio device but discovered that did not work well for us. Upon our request we were given an additional device. This ornate mansion has stories to tell and one is left imaging what life was really like here in its hay day. Some reviews speak negatively... More 

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Haysville
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My wife and I did the self guided tour (with hand held audio) of Bishop's Palace in Galveston. Very beautiful architecture and amazing woodwork and marble fireplaces. We were able to take our time and enjoy the look of each room. They also had a very nice gift shop downstairs with interesting items. We had a great time. Cost=$12 each

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

If you love old mansions this is a stop for you. There isn't much furniture, but in a way, that is better because you can really focus on the structure itself. The audio tour is very good.

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Seabrook, TX
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It should be noted that I began taking visitors to the Bishop's Palace in the "early" 1970s. It was always a magnificent visit and tour. There was so much information to be imparted about the home, and family that originally lived there, that the tour would be comprised of 4-5 docents, each telling about a different part of the home... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Was most interesting to take the audio tour of the mansion and to learn of the history of the home and the family that built it and how the Catholic Church used and maintained the home

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Palace is certainly worth of its name. It is a testament to the artisans and craftsmen who created this building that it survived the Great Hurricane, as well as subsequent storms. There aren't enough superlatives to describe the innovations so ahead of their time, as well as the beautiful attention to detail in the design. You need to take... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Historic and very interesting. We spent a couple of hours here taking our time and reading about the house.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a pretty cool place to visit. Old architecture was amazing and the craftsmanship that went into this place was crazy. I liked the self guided tour so we could go at our own pace. Worth the $12 ticket for sure.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing house. Each tour comes with an audio device wth lots of great info. Staff was super helpful and nice.

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Tacoma, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good audio tour. Enjoyed the history and the house. Worth the $12 admission. Just wished the top floor was open in March. Recommend this tour to others.

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