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Bishop's Palace

Address: 1402 Broadway, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550
Phone Number: 409-762-2475
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Ranked #6 of 88 things to do in Galveston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Ranked among the top 100 homes in the U.S. for its architectural significance, this ornate 1893...
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Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Owner description: Ranked among the top 100 homes in the U.S. for its architectural significance, this ornate 1893 building was the home to the family of Walter Gresham, a former Confederate colonel and U.S. Congressman.

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Abilene, Texas
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39 reviews 39 reviews
3 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

My sister & I enjoyed the architecture, history, and splendor of the palace. This is the kind of place we'd love to turn into a B&B & dinner restaurant. It's really beautiful and reminds me of Europe.

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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
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56 reviews 56 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

Nice tour of stately old mansion with a lot of nice murals and stained glass. They are working on the third floor to open at a later date, but there is a lot to see on the first two now. Extensive gift shop.

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Rochester, MN
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42 reviews 42 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

This 3 story castle is in the midst of being restored. The original family built it around 1880-90 at the cost $250,000. I am not sure that one of the fireplaces could be built for that price today. Total oppulence. $10 fee and lot's of history given by the guide

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Galveston Island, Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Same admission fee as the much better and more completely renovated Moody Mansion which had an elevator.

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Arlington, TX
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

The ostentatious woodwork and decor is amazing. Real eye-opener as to the level of wealth in Galveston at the turn of the century. Very opulent and over-the-top. One can't help but marvel at the craftsmanship. Kids probably wouldn't find it very fun, but good for adults.

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Darmstadt, Germany
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11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

It's a nice building, but the tour through the museum can become little boring if you are not familiar with the history of Galveston's famous people. Anyway, this building is worth a visit at least to take some pictures from the outside. Maybe inform yourself about the people lived in that building before spending money on tickets.

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Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
9 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015 via mobile

This is an amazing place to visit. The size of the house, number of rooms, architecture etc was phenomenal. To able to build such a house years ago is astounding. If you truly love architecture you need to see this place. It was unfortunate we could not see the whole thing top to bottom. The size of everything inside was... More 

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Kelowna, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015 via mobile

Visited with my fiancé 2 weeks ago. Fell in love with this house! So historical so amazing and so beautiful. It's a must see if in Galveston!!! They have these little phones that tell you the history of each room, it's very informative and the most beautiful house I have ever seen. Thank you for keeping this open to the... More 

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168 reviews 168 reviews
42 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

One of the few structures to stand after the great hurricane, it is a masterpiece of architecture. Not to miss.

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Grapevine, Texas
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99 reviews 99 reviews
38 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

This was a fantastic mansion to visit. The design and woodwork was stunning. The house is full of history. It's a self-guided audio tour through the house. You pay admission in the lowest level gift shop, get your audio things, and head up the stairs to start the tour. There's a combination ticket you can get with the Moody Mansion,... More 

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