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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
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Fort Worth, Texas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

This was something I wasn't initially interested in but my family takes a trip together every year and my Mom had been very much wanting to see this place so we went. I was really pleasantly surprised, the inside is just amazing. The self guided tour allowed us to explore at our own pace and the palace has an awesome... More

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

The tour of this mansion is self-guided with an audio device. The staircase in this home is absoutely beautiful and so intricately carved, surrounded by stained glass windows. Inside you will find a beautiful chapel, a large library, dining room, butler's pantry and several bedrooms and bathrooms. The woodwork is quite beautiful inside the home. If you enjoy this kind... More

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danville, ca
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

This home is beautiful and full of history. The murals by Mrs. Gresham and Sister Mary Agnes (niece of the bishop) were interesting. The gift shop sales man was not very friendly and actually quite indifferent. Surprised that a take home brochure with info about home was not available.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The architecture of Bishop's Palace enticed us to come in for a tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable. The tour was just too long for our little ones (it was hot inside).

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Wimberley, Texas
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37 reviews 37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Didn't see any parking lot, so we parked on a side street nearby without any problem. Walked past some beautiful gardens. The self-guided audio tour was worthwhile to see and hear the history of the mansion and the occupants. Pricey but it helps to preserve the house. Get a $1.00 off coupon in the brochure.

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Denver, CO
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Impressive. Self guided audio tour. Interior was beautiful. You will need to climb some stairs. Enjoyed learning the history of the original owners. Look closely at the hand carved details of the woodwork.

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San Antonio, Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Firstly... we did both Moody Mansion and Bishops Palace and got a discount called "Broadway Beauties" which was nice. The Bishops Palace was sparsely furnished but a beautiful step back in time. Pssst! If you only have time for one...I'd go with Moody Mansion.

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Trussville, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Took the audio tour and thought it was great! Air conditioned in case that's an issue. It was 95 the morning we went so I was concerned. What has happened to artistry in the construction industry? It's like 100 years of progress and attention to such detail is lost? Such intricate, ornate woodwork and design. Wished we had the same... More

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Houston, Texas
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

The bishop's palace is a must see landmark for history enthusiasts. Beautiful wood work with a lot of stained glass and your own audio device to learn more about each room.

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Houston, Texas
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We decided to drive down to Galveston for the day and drove by the Bishop's Palace. We decided to give it a whirl and tour the old house. It was interesting to hear about the history of the house and the family and priests that lived there.

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