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North Carolina History Center at Tryon Palace

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Address: 529 South Front Street, New Bern, NC 28562
Phone Number: +1 800-767-1560
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Shopping
Description: Colonial Governors ruled, legislators debated, patriots gathered and...
Colonial Governors ruled, legislators debated, patriots gathered and George Washington danced. At Tryon Palace, where British rule once flourished, American independence took root and the state of North Carolina was born. Here you can still experience the adventure of North Carolina’s earliest beginnings and a living history like no other. Guided tours, live re-enactments and conversations with costumed interpreters from centuries past bring history to life in vivid detail at the Governor’s Palace, Gardens and Historic Homes. And, at the new high-tech North Carolina History Center, interactive games and hands-on exhibits delight visitors young and old. Whether you’re exploring one of our riverside gardens or sharpening your skills as a quilter, printer, ship’s captain or blacksmith, there are endless opportunities for making cherished family memories at Tryon Palace.
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Fabulous Tour Amid Lots of History

Our guide was outstanding and the tour was extremely informative and personal. We had only four in our tour group so all of our questions were thoroughly addressed. The house... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Our guide was outstanding and the tour was extremely informative and personal. We had only four in our tour group so all of our questions were thoroughly addressed. The house, gardens, stables, kitchen and blacksmith shoppe were all beautifully restored and great examples of the late 18th century. It is a don't miss in New Bern

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Commack, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

This is not a palace.The Newport mansions are not cottages; This is a reconstructed mansion and a step back into history. There are several other historic houses at the site, as well as interesting gardens. The restaurant in the visitor center was good. Like at many history related attractions, the very young children on our tour were not happy.

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Cary, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

staff at each stop were very friendly and enlightening. We learned a lot about US and NC history. Tour guides were very good

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

The visit is certainly worthwhile as it offers a good review of North Carolina's history. However, the place is definitely oversold. Comparing the gardens to Versailles is like comparing a canoe to the Queen Mary. One can see the effort that went into designing them but they certainly lack the grandeur of the European originals, and at least in late... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

My wife and I had plans to eat lunch at the restaurant inside before checking out the museum and lastly, the palace grounds. Well, after seeing what sections close and when the last tours were, decided to eat a granola bar instead and March straight to the palace. We were able to see everything relating to the place and surrounding... More 

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Sneads Ferry, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Yes we were with a group on a tour of New Bern N.C and we picked this location to visit and very happy we did. There is just so much to see and we really needed at least a half of day to really get to take it all in.

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North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

In the 80's my transplanted brother would give us tours of NC on our bi-annual trips to see granddaughters and nephews. New Bern was on the top 10 list. It was more than an attraction. There was an attraction. In 1994 the area became our home with the Palace one of the focal points of activities. Through out the year... More 

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Estero, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Excellent place to take the Whole Family for an in depth look back at the wonderful city of New Bern. All the good and bad things that have occurred over the years that shaped this town

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Old Fort, North Carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Liked the evident pride that the city has in rebuilding this structure from the ashes, literally. Great tour from the docents, who went out of their way to accommodate other visitors with small children.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We enjoyed touring the mansion and learning the history of North Carolina. We also enjoyed the other homes surrounding the mansion. We had expected a more formal garden and had expected to see tulips, but there were none. We had called before planning our trip and were told tulips should be in bloom.

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