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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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Trussville, Alabama
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130 reviews 130 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

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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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

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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Houston, Texas
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This is a gorgeous old home with beautiful wood furniture & framework. It makes you dream of being rich when you visit here. This was definitely one of the highlights of my visit to Galveston.

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Bedford, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Three friends and I toured the Bishop's Palace on a trip to Galveston. We opted to take the guided tour instead of the audio tour. You can do either. The house is located on Broadway, Galveston's main street. it was built for Walter & Josephine Gresham and was later purchased by the Catholic Church. The home became the residence of... More

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

My husband and I were in Galveston over the weekend. We visited Moody Mansion (MM) and got a two for one lower price. $16 instead of $20, so that we could also see the Bishop's Palace (BP). The staff at the MM were VERY technical and as we had 5 small children on our tour the were board out of... More

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Houston, Texas, United States
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30 reviews 30 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

My sister and I took my niece to Galveston for her birthday and after spending the day at Schlitterbahn we needed an indoor activity. I've toured this house before with my grandmother and Uncle, but it had been years. I read on the website that they had audio tours all day. You're given an audio device that looks like an... More

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Fort Smith, Arkansas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Bishops palace was beautiful but quite boring for kids or teens. It is intresting but nothing to get excited about.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

I love touring the old historic buildings in different towns. Galveston has such a rich history and it was interesting learning about the Bishop's Palace. The tour guide was knowledgeable and the architecture was amazing. It is worthwhile going on the tour.

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Dallas, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We had read about Bishop's Palace and happened to drive by it while in Galveston so we stopped to take the tour. It was fairly inexpensive (I think around $10/person) and it included the audio guide, which was nice, but I was with an 18 year old who was bored out of her mind. The house is big and beautiful... More

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