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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 7 Attractions in New Bern
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Shopping
Owner description: Colonial Governors ruled, legislators debated, patriots gathered and George Washington danced. At...
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Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Shopping
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.

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Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, United States
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Enjoyable recreation of a colonial Christmas ball. Decorations were fabulous. Great for kids to see. Very well done.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

The foundation has done a excellent job of rebuilding and restoring the palace ,grounds and the surrounding houses. The employees do a great job on the tours of giving you a feel for the period. Spend a day and and go back in time to North Carolinas colonial period and early days of of a new country. The NC historical... More 

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New Bern, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This former Governor's mansion is worth a look when visiting Craven County. The house tour is informational and entertaining. Tour guides are dressed in period clothing and give visitors a glimpse of what life was like in Colonial New Bern. You can visit live history scenes like the blacksmith's cottage, the cobbler and you can even see a period kitchen.... More 

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Norfolk, Virginia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Traveled to New Bern to meet with friends and celebrate my birthday. We wanted to make sure we took the tour of the Palace and went pretty early in the day. The tour had a lot of potential, the grounds and structures are beautiful! Unfortunately our tour did not quite live up to the potential...we were often confused by what... More 

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Dunkirk, New York
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39 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

We truly enjoy learning about the history of coastal areas of the eastern US. Tryon Palace is a place that nearly disappeared forever until it was resurrected in the mid-1950's by some enterprising women who saw the need for the restoration of this historic property. Understand that the only truly original pieces of this attraction are the foundations of the... More 

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Havelock, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

This is separate from the Tryon Palace and offers its own interesting components. It has galleries, a cafe, a movie theater, gift shop, etc. We visited without even going to the Tryon Place and spent more than an hour. The current free exhibit titled "The Lebanese in North Carolina; 150 years of history" was terrific. You can purchase your Tryon... More 

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North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Have wanted to visit the palace since we moved here and finally got there. The new welcome/ticket center and gift shop area is very nice. There is a shuttle to take you to the palace. We were lucky that there were no other people when we got there so we had a private tour. I didn't like that you couldn't... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

If you love history, and home tours, this is your stop! Tour guides ate very lively and bring the house back to life in an interesting narrative.

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Prescott, Arizona
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The reconstructed Tyron Palace provides an excellent introduction to the early history of North Carolina, but don't miss the tours of the two houses -- they show how people actually lived.

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Frankfort
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Loved the tour of the palace, 2 other historic houses, the gardens, the museum, and the kitchen. In the kitchen a chef was cooking bread and pies in dutch ovens using hot coals. He gave a very interesting talk. We were there for the mum festival but the mums were very late and were barely blooming.

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