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Bishop's Palace

1402 Broadway St, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550-4938
+1 409-762-2475
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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.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good30%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“audio tour” (103 reviews)
“stained glass” (61 reviews)
“own pace” (62 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1402 Broadway St, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550-4938
1402 Broadway St, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550-4938
+1 409-762-2475
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Gorgeous historical home... you can just imagine the lifestyle! Beautiful gift shop with unique items

Thank Lindais
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was my husband's first time here. I have been many times, but not in the last 10 years. I was very disappointed that there was not a tour. We just walked around looking in the different rooms, it was way too cold to read...More

1  Thank Carolyn J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We toured the Bishop's Palace on their traditional New Years Day open house, the first and second floor were open for viewing and they served champagne! The wood work was stunning, the artwork and stained glass windows were all of the highest quality and beauty....More

Thank Travelinfine
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A place filled with local history that enriched Galveston Island's early development. Great opportunity to become knowledgeable about the people, the religion, and Galveston Island.

Thank Robexar
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is not an activity for strollers or wheelchairs. We took kids ages 4-13 though and they did okay although we could have spent more time had we not kept up a pace for their interests. I was disappointed the home is mainly empty rooms....More

Thank Gordon1123
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a mansion, amazing craftsmanship. My biggest question is why did the Bishop need to live one of the most expensive homes in the country? The Roman Catholics have too much money? 250,000.00 to build in the late 18 hundreds = roughly 27 Million dollars...More

2  Thank Dan M
Reviewed 8 December 2017 via mobile

At $250,000 in 1887 dollars, Bishops Palace is the most expensive home built in Galveston. You cannot go upstairs, except on very special occasions (no fire escape). The woodwork is awesome. The seven fireplaces are made of stones from the seven continents. My house is...More

Thank John2Mary
Reviewed 29 November 2017 via mobile

Still smelling very old place. It was too dark rooms. It is OK for my husband and me. Nothing exciting.

2  Thank Philomena D
Reviewed 22 November 2017

Beautiful house with lots of rich wood. Staff was friendly and informative. Wish more of the house open to the public.

1  Thank Ron C
Reviewed 22 November 2017

This house is a real show stopper from the outside. The inside has 19,082 square feet however when we were there only two floors were open for viewing. It's my understanding at different times they even have an attic tour. They have an audio tour...More

1  Thank Car0l27
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Vicki B
2 May 2017|
Response from TxTrans | Reviewed this property |
I believe it was $12. It is a self guided tour. You should check their website for hours.
28 January 2017|
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Response from Zzardvark | Reviewed this property |
You can contact Historic Galveston that operates the house to check specifically, but they indicate that they are specifically not handicapped accessible. From my experience, there are a lot of stairs. The entrance is in the... More
Nancy W
2 December 2016|
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Response from deena9275 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. I was there last week, and it was. It's not overly done, just tastefully so with a lovely tree in the entrance hall, etc.