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Bishop's Palace

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Address: 1402 Broadway St, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550-4938
Phone Number: +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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Amazing Ornate Architecture and History

Home is indeed a mansion with all the finest building materials of the era from Italian marble to fine mahogany. Very well built to withstand the wild weather of Galveston through... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Westport, Canada
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Westport, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Home is indeed a mansion with all the finest building materials of the era from Italian marble to fine mahogany. Very well built to withstand the wild weather of Galveston through the ages. Audio tour is very interesting and describes details of the rooms as you roam the elegant rooms and view the lavish decor. Well worth the time to... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

You can always count on being awestruck as you pass by one of the most important buildings in America. It has been ages since I was actually inside the grand home and taking the audio tour was not as intimate as the docent tours but it is highly enjoyable and offers fascinating information about the home and its builders and... More 

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Lewisville, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This house has a long history of one of the oldest houses in Galveston. The staff here do as much as possible to help you along on your self guided tour.

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Mount Vernon, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Very interesting and beautiful home that has lasted many years. The history this place has is a well worthwhile visit. The architecture is amazing and craftsmanship throughout the house. The audio self tour was great.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great place to spend a few hours. Amazing architecture. Gets crowded sometimes. Better too walk around with fewer people.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This beautiful mansion is even more glorious when the Halls are decked out for Christmas. A wonderful start to the Dickens on the Strand weekend.

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West Plains, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This imposing house has well over 100 years of history, including surviving the great hurricane of 1900 that nearly flattened Galveston. The tour of the beautiful home is done by audio listening device and you can do at your own pace. There is a gift shop in the basement and there are many unique items, the sale of which benefit... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place was beautiful. The woodwork and stonework are absolutely amazing. I highly recommend this place. I really liked you didn't have to got with a guide could take my time and enjoy. Loved this place.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth the $12. Head set were all checked out, but they provided a tour guide which did an excellent job. A MUST see! Very interesting history and awesome place.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a fantastic old house that represents life in the Victorian age. Our tour guide was friendly and informative. Apparently there are audio self-guided tours as well, but we did not notice this and were not offered the option. It's not a tour I would do every time I'm in Galveston, but worth one visit to see this extravagant... More 

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