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Bishop's Palace

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Address: 1402 Broadway St, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550-4938
Phone Number: 14097622475
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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
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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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One of the lone survivors of the early hurricane--and what a beauty it is. Take the guided tour for better insight into the history of this home.

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Austin, Texas
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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

One of the lone survivors of the early hurricane--and what a beauty it is. Take the guided tour for better insight into the history of this home.

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Thank Lynn P
Tomball, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We can to show our children a true treasure of a time passed. The staff is very friendly and they give a tour of the house. It is just beautiful.

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Tulsa, OK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Its a very old house that you explore with a self guided tour. Not wheelchair accessible so no strollers but if you carry your young ones and be very careful n the narrow stairs you will be alright. The house is beautiful though and the history of it is interesting.

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Houston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Our family ranging from age 6 to 41 took the audio tour of The Bishop's Palace. You can opt to take this tour at any time during operating hours, as opposed to the scheduled guided tour. My kids thought this was the best thing activity they have done so far in Galveston. They also found the audio devices very easy... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Who knew something so beautiful and grand is here in this beach city. We come for the beach, but was great to have something historical and cultural and amazing to go see. I mean the beaches are awesome, but having this here gave us something else to see. We enjoyed the lovely mansion and excuisite decor and the tour was... More 

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Port of Spain, Trinidad
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is the first time that I have been to Galveston and just the sight of this building from the outside was breathtaking. The tour is a self paced tour. The inside of the building is beautifully maintained and I learned a lot. Fol history buffs this is a good venture.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A beautiful historical building with a great tour guide telling its rich history. Definitely worth the visit!

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I took the guided tour and throughly enjoyed. Our guide from the Galveston historical society was both knowledgeable and interesting. First a private residence then the home of bishop of Galveston it is certainly opulant. The wood, the amenities, the art were interesting. The architectural elements including air circulation were ahead if there time. Go and enjoy i did.

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Kilgore, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a very pretty wood inside. Very old but still looks like it did back in the day .Enjoyed reading about each room and hearing the history of each room with the listening device furnished by the attendants. Fun fact: The Grisham's owned it before the Bishop lived there. A fun and interesting place to visit....

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Sugar Land, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Bishop's Palace was a special treat. It is a spectacular mansion from the past -- and despite needing many repairs, it is remarkably well maintained. The self-guided audio tour is well done -- tells you just enough. The staff is very polite and professional.

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