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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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If you love old mansions this is a stop for you. There isn't much furniture, but in a way, that is better because you can really focus on the structure itself. The audio tour is... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Troy, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

If you love old mansions this is a stop for you. There isn't much furniture, but in a way, that is better because you can really focus on the structure itself. The audio tour is very good.

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Seabrook, TX
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It should be noted that I began taking visitors to the Bishop's Palace in the "early" 1970s. It was always a magnificent visit and tour. There was so much information to be imparted about the home, and family that originally lived there, that the tour would be comprised of 4-5 docents, each telling about a different part of the home... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Was most interesting to take the audio tour of the mansion and to learn of the history of the home and the family that built it and how the Catholic Church used and maintained the home

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Palace is certainly worth of its name. It is a testament to the artisans and craftsmen who created this building that it survived the Great Hurricane, as well as subsequent storms. There aren't enough superlatives to describe the innovations so ahead of their time, as well as the beautiful attention to detail in the design. You need to take... More 

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Houston
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Historic and very interesting. We spent a couple of hours here taking our time and reading about the house.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This was a pretty cool place to visit. Old architecture was amazing and the craftsmanship that went into this place was crazy. I liked the self guided tour so we could go at our own pace. Worth the $12 ticket for sure.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing house. Each tour comes with an audio device wth lots of great info. Staff was super helpful and nice.

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Tacoma, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Good audio tour. Enjoyed the history and the house. Worth the $12 admission. Just wished the top floor was open in March. Recommend this tour to others.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a self guided tour with hand held device. The history and architectural is interesting and beautiful. We spent a couple hours although the tour states 45-60 minutes you can certainly spend time wondering around.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very beautiful and ornate, lots of dark wood and stained glass. They definitely did not take an oath of poverty.

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