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Bishop's Palace

1402 Broadway, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550
409-762-2475
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As featured in Daytrips from San Antonio
Ranked #4 of 48 attractions in Galveston
Type: Historic Sites
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 building was the home to the family of Walter Gresham,... more » 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. « less
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Friendswood, Texas
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47 reviews 47 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

If you're into any kind of historic architecture, the Bishop's Palace is a must see. Located just off Broadway in Galveston, it's very easy to get to.

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Kokomo, IN
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70 reviews 70 reviews
20 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

We went here after Moody Mansion. So, w/ that being said, go here first! Otherwise, like us you will be disappointed. However, it is very pretty, and should take the trip! It is an audio tour which if you don't like a guide, this would appeal to you! There is a great gift shop on site and its easy to... More

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Sumner, Washington
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114 reviews 114 reviews
25 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

We were with family & went on a guided tour. Found it to be very interesting. There is so much history in Galveston to see. Great to see this historic home being persevered.

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Lafayette, Colorado, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

I love touring old historical homes and this was no exception. The tour is self guided so you go at your own pace. My husband and I did not go in numeric order but that was not a problem as each room is numbered and you simply enter the room number you're in and push play. The draw back to... More

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

The museum uses a self-guided tour to see around which is a bit slow and they could probably put more information on boards to read instead of just listening. Otherwise it's a very interesting place to visit and interesting to hear about the social history of Galveston.

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Austin, Texas
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Bishop's Palace really is an architectural treasure! Be sure to grab a coupon for lower admission. They are plentiful. The house has beautiful artwork, exquisite woodwork and lush furnishings reflecting days gone by long ago. A terrific look into the lives of Victorian era Americans. Great staff! Nice gift shop! This will be a great memory for anyone's trip.

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Katy, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014 via mobile

We have visited galveston so many times for the beach, fire works, moody gardens and so many other thing and have always wanted to do some house/museum tours but we had small children so we put it off. This year our 7 year old wanted to see what she calls a castle so we chose bishops palace. It is beautiful... More

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Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

This was a spur of the moment last minute thing to do and we are so glad we did tour the Home. The history of the home is amazing and the wood work and stained glass windows are amazing for the year it was built!! Glad we went.

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Washington DC
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45 reviews 45 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Wonderful place to visit. Very educational and beautiful to see. Beautifully maintained but does require major window renovations. There is a nice gift shop as well. I highly recommend this tour.

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Galveston, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

The Bishop's Palace is by far the best representation of Galveston historical homes! The tour guides are knowledgeable and the tour is fascinating. I highly recommend!

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