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Bishop's Palace

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Address: 1402 Broadway, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550
Phone Number: 14097622475
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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
Description: 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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History in Texas!

EXCELLENT historical tour! This was not on our agenda but we decided to visit when we were rained out...such a great tour!

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

EXCELLENT historical tour! This was not on our agenda but we decided to visit when we were rained out...such a great tour!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

The price of admission probably goes to keeping the history alive. I felt like I was transported into a scene from Downton Abbey. Architecture fans will love this. Would be cool if they had more personal artifacts in each room rather than just a big, mostly empty, palatial structure.

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Cleburne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

a must see for history or architectural buffs. beautiful old wood work and stain glass windows. definite step back in how life could be lived before modern amenities made tolerating heat and humidity easier.

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Ardmore, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

This is a gem that has been preserved. The craftsmanship is remarkable. We loved going through and learning the history. But, air conditioning would make the tour so much better!

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Orangeville, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Amazing step back in time. this palace is just gorgeous.We paid 13 us admission and it was worth every penny.They give you a hand held device with a commentary you control in each room of the house. It gives you just enough info about the people that lived in the palace, the design of the house, the materials and cost... More 

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Galveston Island, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

A must see for anyone interested in history and architecture. This house was built for the Bishop and is now a museum.

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Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

I had not planned on my kids enjoying this tour as much as they did! We could have stayed several hours --so much to look at it. I especially liked the self guided tour which each kid enjoyed because there was an individual phone for each to listen to the tour.

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I thought the self guided audio tour was a nice hour to spend on a hot afternoon in Galveston. I listened to some of the guides giving tours and thought they were a bit boring and lengthy. I'm glad I didn't pay for the guide. The building is gorgeous, the history is interesting, the interior is breath taking. I loved... More 

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Purcell
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

It doesn't take very long to do thought the self-guided tour, but it's a fun experience. The staff is friendly, the house impressive, and the gift shop is neat.

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Falls City, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Worth going to see. The architecture is amazing! The self guided tour was very interesting, although if I would've had time I would've done the guided, I'm sure it's great too.

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