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Bishop's Palace

1402 Broadway St, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550-4938
+1 409-762-2475
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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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  • Very good30%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
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“audio tour” (103 reviews)
“stained glass” (61 reviews)
“own pace” (62 reviews)
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1402 Broadway St, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550-4938
1402 Broadway St, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550-4938
+1 409-762-2475
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Reviewed 5 July 2016

Beautiful Historic Visit to Bishop's Palace a must see if you love anything like history bring the camera and pay attention to the amazing art.

Thank Scott S
Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

Worth the visit. Absolutely beautiful! The staff seemed to be the same staff that were there about 3-4 years ago - not the friendliest, and they were not in the past either. TIP: BE SURE AND ASK ABOUT THE "EXTRA" TOUR. Because the staff were...More

Thank expectgood
Reviewed 30 June 2016

Galveston is about a 1 hour drive from Houston and I am not sure if was worth it. My husband didn't want to enter the house, so I entered by myself. The entrance fee includes an audio guide that took all of 20 minutes. The...More

Thank Sharon_zz
Reviewed 29 June 2016

You can tour the building at your own speed. Each person is given a hand held audio tour. Interesting and informative.

Thank Susan D
Reviewed 28 June 2016

I've yet to take the top floor tour but can't wait to do so. Tour is self-guided so you aren't pressured to move on if you wish to look a little longer and the beautiful antiques and rare and unusual fire places in each room....More

1  Thank Yaaawhojipsy
Reviewed 27 June 2016

Tour the Palace when in Galveston. You can quickly learn a great deal and see the beauty of the building.

Thank Kat5409
Reviewed 24 June 2016 via mobile

The house is well preserved and the audio tour and supporting information and furnishings give a good feel for what Galveston used to be like. Grand mansion and well preserved.

1  Thank Houston_Thankful
Reviewed 24 June 2016

This old mansion is well worth the tour. We took the audio tour that features a fun flip-phone-looking device that each person gets. It was so cool learning the history and see how "the other half" lived back then. The gift shop has all kinds...More

1  Thank tribecards
Reviewed 22 June 2016

We were able to catch a special day where we were able to tour from basement up to the attic. Lovely place. Enjoyed seeing all rooms and the view from upper floors were spectacular

Thank Mariann R
Reviewed 22 June 2016 via mobile

My husband and I took our 14 year old daughter who loves old homes .. She just was thrilled with this palace! The architecture was wonderful and the self led tours were very informative .. Would recommend!

1  Thank Shawn707
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Vicki B
2 May 2017|
Response from TxTrans | Reviewed this property |
I believe it was $12. It is a self guided tour. You should check their website for hours.
28 January 2017|
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Response from Zzardvark | Reviewed this property |
You can contact Historic Galveston that operates the house to check specifically, but they indicate that they are specifically not handicapped accessible. From my experience, there are a lot of stairs. The entrance is in the... More
Nancy W
2 December 2016|
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Response from deena9275 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. I was there last week, and it was. It's not overly done, just tastefully so with a lovely tree in the entrance hall, etc.