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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.
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  • Very good29%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“self guided tour” (155 reviews)
“stained glass” (65 reviews)
“own pace” (65 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1402 Broadway St, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550-4938
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"self guided tour"
in 155 reviews
"stained glass"
in 65 reviews
"own pace"
in 65 reviews
"catholic church"
in 26 reviews
"attic tour"
in 16 reviews
"gift shop in the basement"
in 15 reviews
"beautiful wood"
in 12 reviews
"historic mansion"
in 13 reviews
"third floor"
in 34 reviews
"old house"
in 24 reviews
"moody mansion"
in 53 reviews
"audio device"
in 13 reviews
"amazing architecture"
in 12 reviews
"historical home"
in 15 reviews
"interesting history"
in 23 reviews
"turn of the century"
in 15 reviews
"take your time"
in 11 reviews
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Reviewed 1 June 2018

The house is lovely and restoration well done. You can tour most of the house with audio touring by yourself. The chapel is beautiful with striking stained glass windows. I love old homes like this.

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Reviewed 29 May 2018

if you're into history or pretty (old) houses, this is WELL WORTH your visit. we've visited 5-6 times and enjoy it every time

1  Thank Dave_Scott1234
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Reviewed 27 May 2018 via mobile

Got to Galveston 2 days early for a cruise and needed something to do on memorial day weekend. Bishop palace was top of the list on trip advisor. $12/adult and $9/ youth, a lil pricey considering it takes less than 30 minutes to go thru....More

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Reviewed 27 May 2018 via mobile

My wife enjoyed the auto tour of the Bishop house. The information in the auto tour answered all of our questions. The house is well maintained for a house that old.

2  Thank Ron B
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Reviewed 25 May 2018

Although we drove by and stopped, we didn't go inside. When you stop to remember the ferociousness of the hurricanes that have hit Galveston since the early 1900's, it was truly amazing to see this grand, beautiful, stately beauty still standing. It's almost as if...More

Thank Frances J
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Reviewed 20 May 2018

This place is a must see while visiting Galveston. The house is so beautiful and the tour is self guided so you can take your time and walk around. So glad we did it and I recommend it to anyone who loves history and old...More

2  Thank Emy1
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Reviewed 17 May 2018

Beautiful house and architecture from The late 1890s. My family and I went on a rainy day in early January. With not much else to do on the island, my family and I were pleasantly surprised to stumble across this beautiful house with self-guided audio...More

2  Thank hwit4843
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Reviewed 12 May 2018 via mobile

Striking is the best word to describe the interior of this house. Beautiful woodwork and interesting features (dumb waiter, sink faucets made of two materials for hot and cold, interior windows between rooms to help with cross breezes. Galveston surprises yet again! Check it out!

1  Thank 192,019,201,920
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Reviewed 8 May 2018

We were disappointed by a forecast for rain on a recent trip to Galveston. After searching for non-beach activities we stumbled upon the Bishop's Palace. Not sure what to expect, this was much more interesting that we anticipated. The self-guided audio tour is very interesting,...More

1  Thank alexisgolden
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Reviewed 3 May 2018

This is a quite marvelous house which speaks volumes about the wealth of Galveston at the turn of the 19th/20th century - as well as about the wealth of a Roman Catholic church able to buy it later for one of their employees. Expansive rooms,...More

2  Thank AllanJGJ
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Response from Cindy B | Reviewed this property |
Not at the Bishop's Palace. I'm not sure about Galveston. There is a terrific childrens' museum in Houston, thought it's not free.
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