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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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Far nicer than I remembered.

I visited about 20 years ago when my son was young so I don't know if he was a distraction (he is a good kid so not sure). So we decided to visit again and it was just lovely. All... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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Brenham, Texas
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Brenham, Texas
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I visited about 20 years ago when my son was young so I don't know if he was a distraction (he is a good kid so not sure). So we decided to visit again and it was just lovely. All the wood work and marble and stained glass is super. The period furniture that is in the house is wonderful.... More 

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Besides having a very interesting history, the Bishop's Palace is absolutely beautiful. The craftmanship of the woodwork and fireplaces is unbelievable. It's hard to imagine that all the work was done about 125 years ago and is still so beautiful today. This place should be at the top of everyone's list of attractions to see while in Galveston.

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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This "palace" is open to tour for $12. The audio self guided tour took me a little over an hour time to see a beautiful house, learn about the pioneers of Galveston with some history thrown in too. This house is not furnished & you only get to see two floors. It's kind of pricey but gave me something to... More 

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a look at how one of the early wealthy families lived in Galveston. Although there is not much furniture the architectural details, workmanship early bath accommodations are all of interest.

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a magnificent building. We took a tour of the place and were amazed at the wood and sculpture and what they used to cook on and a nice but pricey gift shop.

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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did the main house tour. The house is beautiful. The woodwork is amazing and the history is interesting. We will come back to tour the attic and basement.

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
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Don't get me wrong -- it is a very nice old mansion and I am glad they are preserving it, but it was not interesting or impressive enough to warrant the entry fee.

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Bemus Point, New York
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Really enjoyed my visit to Bishop's Palace. Great to visit solo or in a group. Self-guided audio tour of the first and second floors of the house. Architecture worth the visit !! One of the 100 greatest architectural places to visit in the US. Top 10 within Texas.

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The $12 entrance fee includes a wonderful audio to help "self guide" you through the 2 stories that are open to the public. There are chairs in a discrete area of the gift shop for those who are not able to summit the stairs or are uninterested in home tours (my spouse). Thank you for providing that! I loved the... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A must see. The woodwork, granite and marble are breathtaking. Bishop's Palace has a great deal of history to intrigue the visitors.

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