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Tryon Palace

529 South Front Street, New Bern, NC 28562
+1 800-767-1560
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Ranked #1 of 8 Attractions in New Bern
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Shopping
Owner description: Colonial Governors ruled, legislators debated, patriots gathered and George Washington danced. At Tryon Palace, where British rule once flourished,... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Greenwood, Indiana
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67 reviews 67 reviews
21 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

We took the tour of the Tryon Palace. It wasn't quite as impressive as I had expected, but still nice. Our guide (who had been doing tours for several years) fumbled around for words and stories. The kitchen area is interesting & the woman did a great job explaining the different medicinal remedies practiced in that era.

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Nicely thought out and lots to do, with several houses to see, costumed staff, gardens and a visitor/history centre. It was great there was a shuttle provided too so getting around was easier for disabled especially! Wish I could have taken pictures inside, and some of the guides were more enthusiastic / engaging than others by far.

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Kissimmee, Florida
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

I thought that I would spend just an hour walking through an old building. I was wrong. This Palace is living history of the Pre-Colonial Era. The guides are knowledgeable and will help you understand what it was like to live in Colonial North Carolina. I recommend this very highly.

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New Bern, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014 via mobile

It is well worth the price of admission. A working site with a super guided tour. You can spend all the time you want and includes several historic home.

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Sanford, NC
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53 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We spent over 5 hours at the Tryon Palace site. We visited two nearby houses, toured the Palace and gardens, and ended at the History Center. At each of the houses and the Palace we were given tours by personal guides who really knew the history of the location we were in. The History Center is excellent for families with... More

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Goldsboro, North Carolina
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112 reviews 112 reviews
12 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

My teens, who typically no longer enjoy museums, liked this enough to come home and build a replica on Minecraft. Tryon Palace was built for the royal governor, sent by King George, to rule/govern the region BEFORE the American Revolution. It was also the location of the first provincial congress of the colonies after the revolution. I was hesitant to... More

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Matthews, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Wonderful place to garner some of North Carolina's history ! The Palace and grounds are stunning with beautiful landscaping galore. Tour guides were very personable and knowledgeable about the grounds and surrounding historic downtown district. We are looking forward to being a part of this history as we are currently in the process of buying a home in New Bern.!

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Midland, Texas
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32 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Went on a Monday morning, which I would highly recommend as we almost had the place to ourselves! Lovely gardens, very informative. Included in the price is also a tour of an additional two fully restored homes. Staff were knowledgeable, friendly and welcomed questions. Spent roughly 4 hours and really enjoyed it.

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Raleigh
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31 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

If you have been to Williamsburg Va, then you know what to expect at this reconstructed palace. Great history, unique period furnishings, and informative guides. Your day ticket to the Palace includes a few home tours and those are not to be missed. Also includes the new NC history museum a couple blocks away which is surprisingly well done. Overall,... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Tryon Palace was a great day trip...but definitely leave a good chunk of the day for it - don't go last minute or you'll miss at least half of the site! The tour guides (volunteers and part-time employees) are great and highly knowledgeable. I would suggest it for anyone wanting to spend a day in NC History!

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