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Review of Bishop's Palace

Bishop's Palace
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US$98.95*
and up
Houston Sightseeing Tour and Galveston Day Trip
Ranked #2 of 109 things to do in Galveston
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 15 July 2012

The house is a salute to The Glory Years in Galveston. I personally wish the house was named for the original family, the Greshams, who painstakingly commissioned, planned, furnished and in which they raised 7 children to adulthood. The bishop was more like a sub-chapter to the home's history.

Also, the historical society has determined to furnish the home only with items actually used by the two families. Though I understand the desire for historical purity, it would help visitors envision the era and the lifestyle of the inhabitants to see the home fully furnished in the period.

The tours are not readily advertised on brochures around town, but be aware that guided tours occur only a couple times a day. Other times, you use a digital device for room information, which is okay, but soulless.

Also, the third floor is off-limits except with special tours, which I found extremely disappointing, and not clear until on the second floor gazing longingly up the barricaded staircase.

The intricacies of the workmanship and global materials is impressive which, of course, was the Gresham's intent.

Thank Aviarian
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Reviewed 9 July 2012

History of Galveston, period furnishings, and art work of family members. There was a self-guided walking tour with headphones, and a gift shop. The grounds were beautiful. Great place to take photos outside at the front.

Thank TerryinTexas54
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Reviewed 9 July 2012

If you are into this kind of thing, Bishops Palace is a very good tour!

Thank Craig C
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Reviewed 8 July 2012

Really neat place. Better interior than moody. The materials and craftsmanship were spectacular. Didn't get to see the 3rd floor, I would have loved to have seen it. Make sure you call and check about the special tours.

Thank Paul H
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Reviewed 6 July 2012

It has been years since I have been in the Palace but I still remember how beautiful it was. A wonderful example of architecture and furnishings of the time.

Thank Mona B
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