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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 9 Attractions in New Bern
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Shopping
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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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Havelock, North Carolina
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152 reviews 152 reviews
45 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

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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44 reviews 44 reviews
18 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
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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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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Santa Ana, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

We just quickly walked around the font of the place, read the history on it. We didn't have much time or get a tour but it was massive and very impressive to see

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Bailey, North Carolina
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Just a terrific way to spend a day or a "long" afternoon! Tryon Palace and 2 adjoining old homes (Stanley 1780, Dixon 1820's) are filled with authentic period antiques and interior furnishings found at the time NC's first governors. The Gardens of the Palace are most attractive and well maintained. However, the tour guides provided the best part of the... More

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New Bern, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Just came from the History Center's exhibit on the Lebanese Immigrant experience and it was one of the best exhibits I have seen in a while. The overall information covered gave a very precise and easy to follow understanding of how and why people from Lebanon made the decision to leave home and come to America. The exhibits were top... More

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New Bern, North Carolina, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This is a must see not only is it a part of history and a large palace the grounds are beautiful and there to much to list on the things to see.

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Long Beach, California
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16 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Here is an opportunity to see how the landed gentry and their servants lived in colonial times. Because New Bern is out of the way, we did not have to contend with lots of tourists. The guide was excellent. She clearly knew her subject and was eager to share. The "living" museum in the kitchen was very informative about the... More

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