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Address: 529 South Front Street, New Bern, NC 28562
Phone Number: +1 800-767-1560
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Family friendly historical site

The docents were well informed and led our group through the house and history of the area. We learned about the site and furnishings then walked around the outside kitchen and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
Nora441
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Euclid, Ohio
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Euclid, Ohio
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70 reviews 70 reviews
34 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

The docents were well informed and led our group through the house and history of the area. We learned about the site and furnishings then walked around the outside kitchen and grounds on our own.

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Savannah, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

I came with my mother and sister to visit New Bern Because I recently discovered that the towns founder Christopher De Graffenreid was an ancestor of ours. We enjoyed our short stay especially the NC history center and Tryon Palace. Our guide in the palace was in period costume and gave an excellent tour with many historical facts. We even... More 

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Stonington, Connecticut
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6 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

The tour of Tryon Palace was disappointing as our tour guide was less than enthusiastic about her role. The Palace tour is combined with admission to the North Carolina History Center which was great. The Palace itself and grounds (gardens) are quite nice so the trip was not a complete waste.

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Hillsborough, North Carolina
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Enjoyable day spent learning about NC history. We have three children ages 13, 12, and 10. Everyone enjoyed the day! We ended the visit in the Pepsi Family Center and were able to make turpentine, sail a ship and work in the kitchen, merchantile and newspaper!

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Excellent opportunity to step into the 18th century of the upper class. The restored mansion housed the firts governor of N Carolina and played an important part in N Carolina history before and after the revolution. Guided tours were very well presented. The gardens were a pleasure to walk through

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Apopka
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

We decided to vacation in New Bern for our spring break and knew a visit to Tryon Palace was inevitable. I was thinking that it might be boring for my 10 and 7 year old girls because of its historical nature, but we spent the entire afternoon (1-6 pm) enjoying the grounds. I only wish I wasn't swayed by the... More 

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virginia
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255 reviews 255 reviews
117 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Mid-March, flowers not yet out. Palace is a perfect reconstruction and done right--hats off to the committee. Guide was as good as we've had anywhere--Catherine. Very knowledgeable, and when not, tried to find the answers. Two other houses on the tour--both different, both worth seeing, and included. Really happy we did it.

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New Bern, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I didn't want to touch anything because it was so dusty/dirty. Made the visit short because of the smell. The inside was not attractive in any way. Very disappointed.

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Cape Carteret, North Carolina, United States
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Beautiful Tryon Palace is a must see on your visit to New Bern. The Governors mansion is gorgeous, if you love taking photos the gardens will amaze you !

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Cary, North Carolina
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88 reviews 88 reviews
30 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Park and purchase tickets at the North Carolina History Center at Tryon Palace. There is a golf cart that will shuttle you to the palace. You can also choose to take the short 5-10 minute walk and enjoy the neighborhood along the way. The tour of the palace was very informative. Our group was small and we were able to... More 

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