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Bishop's Palace

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Address: 1402 Broadway, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550
Phone Number: 14097622475
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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Must visit Bishops Palace

Such rich history in Galveston and this palace is a must see! So interesting all the detail that went into this mansion!

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College Station
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College Station
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Such rich history in Galveston and this palace is a must see! So interesting all the detail that went into this mansion!

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Patterson, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I LOVE to tour historic homes, so my husband and I brought our 4 children (ages 4-10) to see the Bishop's Palace, and it was an amazing experience. The self-guided audio tour, made it accessible and engaging for even our 4 year old, and meant that we could see the house at our own pace; a definite plus!! Because of... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We purchased the audio guided tour. Full of information. Beautiful home with interest history. Would love to visit on a Saturday when they provide the basement to third floor tour. We just say floors 1 and 2. Well worth the money to see how the wealthy lived in the early 1900s. Highly recommend!

Thank KimKayH
Galveston Island, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Built by Nicholas Clayton in late 1800's. great detail and lovely tour. really well done. Good for a side trip while visiting the strand and beaches. One of the must see homes if you enjoy history.

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Pittsburgh, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We tour houses everywhere. This is one of my favorites. Don't just drive by. It is definitely worth stopping in. It has been beautifully preserved/restored. I learned this house almost became a gas station. Thank you for all your efforts and hard work. I'm glad it's still here.

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Magnolia, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Going back in time when the affluent spent lots of $$ on their public area downstairs - even over the top with stained glasswindows overlooking all. Upstairs the bedrooms are very sparse and unadorned - Plain if you will. The workmanship done a century ago is very evident and the materials were nothing but the BEST. A walk through time.... More 

Thank Antique9410
Plano, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Bishop's Palace was a beautiful example of a Victorian house. The wood work is absolutely beautiful and worth the visit.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We recently enjoyed an "Extended Tour" that included the 3rd floor ("Belfry"). For me this was a treat. I have visited the Bishop's Palace for over 40 years. This was the first time I have seen the 3rd floor! The Basement gift shop is also very nice and has lovely souvenirs and gift items.

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Plano, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Love the historic homes of Galveston and this one is probably the crème de la crème. Gorgeous architecture!

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Marshall, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved seeing the Bishop's Palace in Galveston. The history of the building is pretty interesting. We saw one price on a website and when we got there, the price was higher. The attendant didn't believe us until we showed them the price and then didn't seem to care. We almost turned away, but really wanted to see the place.... More 

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