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Address: 1402 Broadway, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550
Phone Number: 14097622475
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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The Bishop's Palace (a.k.a. Gresham House) is a contributing building in...

The Bishop's Palace (a.k.a. Gresham House) is a contributing building in the East End Historic District, a National Historic Landmark. The house is listed in the National Register of Historic Places at the national level of significance in the area of architecture. Architectural historians list the Bishop's Palace (Gresham House) as one of the most significant of Victorian residences in the country.

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Distinct architecture

This is a massive 19,000 square foot home built for a large family that later became the home of the Bishop and his two sisters. It has some furnishings-- all either belonged to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Vonore, Tennessee
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Vonore, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 815 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a massive 19,000 square foot home built for a large family that later became the home of the Bishop and his two sisters. It has some furnishings-- all either belonged to the Gresham family or to the Bishop. There was to be a guided tour at 1:30 but the volunteer docent was ill. The audio tour is well... More 

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Savannah, Georgia
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44 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Tour an audio tour of this Palace, interesting history. Wish there had been more restoration and time period furniture, but overall very beautiful touches I loved the main staircase. The outside of the place is stunning, it looks like a palace and is breathtaking in architecture.

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Cottage Grove, Oregon
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Self guided tour and docent lead tour as well as planned trips that include more of the house. Very lovely home

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Kittery, Maine
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Bishops palace was an interesting exhibit on the history of Galveston. It showed what's the golden era was like in Texas. Beautiful would work, marble, mural paintings. Restorations continue throughout the building and tastefully done

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Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

As we drove into Galveston and saw this house on Broadway, the main route once on the island, it took our breath away. And right across the street is a stunning white Catholic Church. We just had to stop to take a photo. The next day we attempted to take a guided tour (offered at 1:30 most days) but the... More 

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Saint Thomas, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Self tour with an audio guide. Really enjoyable because without a formal guide you can spend as much time as you want looking around. Check open times before you go because the building is used for private events and may be closed to the public.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was not intending on stopping for a tour, but the exterior architecture with the stain glass was overwhelmingly inviting for a closer look. The audio and visual tour easily took me back to the 1890's. Do not rush through the tour. Plan for an hour or more to fully capture the beauty and understand the ergonomics of Nicholas Clayton's... More 

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San Marcos, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A group took a tour during our annual managers meeting. The docent was great and the place is fascinating!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Over the years I've passed by this amazing home and finally took a tour. The family that was taking the tour same time as us had to leave early on so we had the docent to ourselves! We got to ask lots of questions and take our time. It's an amazing home with a really interesting history. The carpentry worked... More 

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Lafayette, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

WOW. To see the inside of this mansion is amazing. The stained glass, the woodwork, the paintings, all amazing. Don't miss this if you visit Galveston. The tour guide was great.

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