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“Amazing Historical Attraction”
Review of Bishop's Palace

Bishop's Palace
Ranked #3 of 58 things to do in Galveston
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 3 January 2018

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
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"self guided tour"
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"stained glass"
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Reviewed 2 January 2018 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. I expected it to be like other old museum homes and be filled with period pieces. However, the architecture is incredible. The wood work & stained glass are both one of a kind. There’s a lovely gift shop in the basement. The staff were extremely unfriendly.

Thank Gordon1123
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Reviewed 21 December 2017

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 today. Very cool place to visit though

2  Thank Dan M
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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 1 block from Bishops Palace, and was also built in 1887. It cost $1500.

Thank John2Mary
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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
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