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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” (60 reviews)
“own pace” (62 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1402 Broadway St, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550-4938
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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 2 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A tour of the house was interesting, but nothing unique from other historic buildings that I have toured. At times, it was hard to determine if you were in the same room that the audio guide was describing. I'm glad I took the tour, but...More

1  Thank adventurer1234
Reviewed 13 November 2017

This is the most beautiful of all the buildings on the Broadway Avenue. It was closed when we're there but it worths visit though only taking some pictures.

1  Thank Solodam J
Reviewed 8 November 2017

We went to the Bishop's Palace in Galveston. The house was built between 1897 and 1893. The house has four floors The tour is interesting. The gift shop is nice to see. We enjoyed our visit. We visited mid week and found parking on the...More

1  Thank mini
Reviewed 3 November 2017

At travelers' suggestions here on Trip Advisor, I toured Bishop's Palace. Gorgeous house, great audio guide (you always had the option to "learn more" after each 30 second snippet about a room/article in the house). You could also use your own ear phones which was...More

1  Thank laura_runs262
Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

The Bishop’s Mansion originally was built in the 1890’s for $250000. After the owner, Walter Gresham has lived in it for a number of Years. It was sold to the Catholic Church as a residence for the Bishop of the Catholic diocese of Galveston in...More

1  Thank Doug D
Reviewed 25 October 2017

My husband and I spent an afternoon at Bishops Palace in Galveston. A very impressive place with a lot of history. Highly recommend.

1  Thank sweet_pack_fan
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Vicki B
3 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.
29 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.