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“Tryon Place and Gardens”

North Carolina History Center - Tryon Palace
Ranked #1 of 41 things to do in New Bern
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Colonial Governors ruled, legislators debated, patriots gathered and George Washington danced. At Tryon Palace, where British rule once flourished, American independence took root and the state of North Carolina was born. Here you can still experience the adventure of North Carolina’s earliest beginnings and a living history like no other. Guided tours, live re-enactments and conversations with costumed interpreters from centuries past bring history to life in vivid detail at the Governor’s Palace, Gardens and Historic Homes. And, at the new high-tech North Carolina History Center, interactive games and hands-on exhibits delight visitors young and old. Whether you’re exploring one of our riverside gardens or sharpening your skills as a quilter, printer, ship’s captain or blacksmith, there are endless opportunities for making cherished family memories at Tryon Palace.
Reviewed April 7, 2012

Lovely place in the spring. It is a replacement of the original Palace built in the 1700's. The inside is beautiful and many volunteers act as docenes/actors. Don't miss the gardens, blacksmith, kitchen, cellar and fife and drum parades.

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Reviewed April 3, 2012

Everything about it was amazing. The staff was nice, and I liked it. The only confusing part about it was that the Pepsi time machine, isn't about the Pepsi drink at all. Overall, it was amazing. Prices are very cheap. It is great for all ages. ;) my favorite thing there was learning about Jonkonnu.

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Reviewed April 2, 2012

The palace was situated overlooking the Trent River in a colonial portion of New Bern and was within easy walking distance of the town's pleasant shopping and restaurant area. In addition to the palace and gardens there were several interesting buildings within or adjacent to the palace complex proper which had knowledgeable and quite friendly guides/docents available. Expect to stay on the grounds no more than a very pleasant four hours.

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Reviewed April 2, 2012

While I would encourage you to visit, there are a few hiccups to be aware of. First, our ticket seller drew on the map and made cryptic notes, which caused us to wait for our tour at the wrong place. You can walk to the palace from the Historic Center (where you buy tickets). Also, the palace is quite interesting for various reasons but many rooms are roped off; this means the crowd of tourists must squeeze in and take turns peeking in. If it's hot or if you are squeemish about getting close to strangers, figure out how to get a private tour. Also, our tour guide was a sweet, college-aged young adult but she had a hard time remembering names and dates. I think the tour would be more informative if given by an older, more experienced person. The gardens are really lovely and will be spectacular when in bloom (we just missed the spring tulips and it was too early for summer flowers). Overall, a pretty good experience.

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Reviewed March 31, 2012

Not for those with young children, but its a very interesting estate!

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