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Bishop's Palace

Address: 1402 Broadway, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550
Phone Number: 409-762-2475
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Ranked #2 of 39 Attractions in Galveston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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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, a former Confederate colonel and U.S. Congressman.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

If you're in Galveston you must check this out. It's a great old house. Great architecture and history. There's a self guided audio tour that gives all of the historical information.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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78 reviews 78 reviews
20 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

My dad was born on the island...and this place reminds him of the Galveston of his youth. It is a bit ostentatious, as many historic homes can be. It;s just not that often you find a historically preserved shanty... Enjoy the self guided tour, and talk to people. They are often full of knowledge about the place.

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Houston, Texas
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

We did the self guided tour, which I prefer. The house is amazing with great history and stories. There was construction going on which slightly annoyed me. I couldn't get a pretty picture of the staircase without a random (unused ladder) sitting right in-front of it. I was also bummed we had to pay extra for the third floor tour... More

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Huntsville, Texas, USA
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

A Victorian monument displaying the lack of concern for the poor who contributed the "widow's mite" so the Bishop would live in the lap of luxury.

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Wisconsin
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

My wife and I have been to many historic homes and this home and history needs to be presented better. Yes, they do have guided tours and we did not join in. I did what I usually do and did my home work before touring with the hope hope that the curator would have added details in the self guided... More

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Huntsville, Texas
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

As a long time Texas resident I have driven by the Bishop's Palace on numerous occasions; but, never stopped for a tour. Recently I went on one of their tours and I'm glad I did. The house has an amazing history dating back to well before the 1900 Hurricane that devastated much of Galveston Island. As you walk from room... More

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Williamsburg, NM
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5 reviews 5 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

We did the self-tour with the hand held guide and walked through the home. The hand held guide was informative and interesting. The mansion was magnificent and amazing and takes you back to an earlier time.

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Fridley, Minnesota
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Parts of the house were being renovated, loved all of the beautiful fireplaces. Each fireplace was different and each fireplace chimney was different creating a very unique roof line.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 via mobile

Our tour guide George was excellent! We learned so much about the history of Galveston and this structure. A must see!

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Houston, Texas, United States
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36 reviews 36 reviews
14 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Having driven by this historic land mark for 30 years I finally went in to check it out. It was well worth it. A beautifully restored home highlighting the architecture, as well as turn of the century furnishings. We took the audio tour with hand held tape machines. Well done. A great way to beat the heat.

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