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Bishop's Palace

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Address: 1402 Broadway St, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550-4938
Phone Number:
+1 409-762-2475
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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

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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Beautiful place to visit !!

Architecture is incredible. We enjoyed our visit there. It also has a lovely gift shop 👍the rooms are beautiful and the place is full of history.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Carlynne H
Grand Prairie, Texas
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Grand Prairie, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Architecture is incredible. We enjoyed our visit there. It also has a lovely gift shop 👍the rooms are beautiful and the place is full of history.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The entry through the basement gift shop somewhat diminished my enjoyment for the self-guided tour. Once on the self-guided tour using an IPod device the narrative was very interesting about the past. Of course, you exit through the gifts shop and I do understand fund raising is a big part of keeping our past. Would I recommend you visit, yes... More 

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Gravenhurst, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We thoroughly enjoyed the self guided tour of this wonderful old home. The gift shop was also very nice. It isn't really good for handicapped people as there are a lot of stairs.

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green bay
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Once you learn about the 1900 hurricane that destroyed so much of Galveston, it makes this house even more impressive! The detail that went into building this house is truly amazing.

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Mesquite, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Absolutely love visiting Bishop Palace this home was so beautiful and learning the history and heritage of this beautiful family was so amazing. I would recommend this tour to to all who visit the island. Take your student age kids for sure,

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a must see if you are into old structures and outstanding woodworking. Just a beautiful home.

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Peachland, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You walk through the house with little hand-held speakers to hear about the various rooms in the house. It is very informative and the house is beautiful to view.

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South Fallsburg, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We found the Bishop's Palace to be very interesting. The home was beautifully built with exquisite woodwork throughout the house, even in the staff areas. The self guided audio tour was very interesting and full of interesting facts. The house is in need of repair and as money becomes available it is being done. My only complaint is that there... More 

Thank Lou S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's more than a small castle than a house. It's so Beautiful inside, rooms are highly decorated with Great wall paintings, marble brought from Europe and other magnificent stuff. Very informative audio guide. Highly recommend (!)

Thank Yaron M
Norman, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Second time to visit and learned more about this beautiful building. There are so many asspects to this experience. Not just the architecture but how the people lived, where features of the house were made and what it was like living in the home. The audio tour is well done.

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